Keegan Gives Another Blast Of Hope To Newcastle Fans

Kevin Keegan seems more upbeat than ever about the new season, and gave another blast of hope in an interview with the Evening Chronicle today.


Keegan – another blast of hope from the boss

Kevin is generally upbeat, but he seems really upbeat about Newcastle’s chances this season, and when told he had never beaten Man United at Old Trafford, he told the Evening Chronicle today:

“That’s all in the past. We have just got to look forward now.”“All those things which have happened, the players who have injuries and the Joey Barton thing have been dealt with and we have just got to look forward and say this is where we are now.”

“It is no good looking back and saying we have had no luck and things like that.” “We have to make our own luck and we have that chance now to take this club forward.

“Obviously, it is a tough game for us but it is still a good game for us.” “Yes, everyone expects them to beat us tomorrow.” “But it is an opportunity for us tomorrow.”

“It’s an opportunity in work clothes. We have to work tomorrow and we have to stick together. You need a bit of luck to win any football match, and you perhaps need a bit more sometimes at Old Trafford.”

“Now we have an opportunity to put that record straight and put that stat behind us.”

Newcastle, of course, were hammered 6-0 at Old Trafford last season, with Alan Smith sent off in the last minute, and just three days later Keegan was appointed for the second time as manager.

Kevin recalled:

“I was with my Soccer Circus in Glasgow that day and we had a bit of a kids party.” “When I had last looked it was 0-0 at half-time, and when I saw the final result I thought Newcastle must have had a player sent off early in the second half and not near the end.”

“I had no absolutely no idea about what was going to happen in the next few days.”

In a short 4 days he was the Newcastle United manager again for the second time, and according to Mike Ashley he didn’t think he could get Kevin, and it was a surprise when Keegan said he was interested.

Once Mike heard that it didn’t take him long to appoint Keegan, since he had been a big fan of Keegan and Newcastle United the first time around.

Added Keegan:

“It’s lovely to go back to your old club and get a result even if you enjoyed your time there. Every player likes that.”  “To go there and get beaten is never pleasant, but to go there and get beaten 6-0 will have hurt Nicky Butt and Alan Smith.

“But we can do something about it this time. They will get another opportunity tomorrow.” “They can put that one behind them. That one will be history and everyone will be talking about Sunday’s result.”

“Football is a strange game. Alan Smith will get his first goal for us soon, and once that first one comes he will score two and hopefully three in a game.” “There will be a handful of teams unbeaten so far this season in the Premier League on Saturday night and we will be one of them.”

Never thought of it that way – about being unbeaten after today.

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