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:
â€œThatâ€™s all in the past. We have just got to look forward now.â€â€œAll 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.â€
â€œIt is no good looking back and saying we have had no luck and things like that.â€ â€œWe have to make our own luck and we have that chance now to take this club forward.
â€œObviously, it is a tough game for us but it is still a good game for us.â€ â€œYes, everyone expects them to beat us tomorrow.â€ â€œBut it is an opportunity for us tomorrow.â€
â€œItâ€™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.â€
â€œNow we have an opportunity to put that record straight and put that stat behind us.â€
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.
â€œI was with my Soccer Circus in Glasgow that day and we had a bit of a kids party.â€ â€œWhen 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.â€
â€œI had no absolutely no idea about what was going to happen in the next few days.â€
In a short 4 days he was the Newcastle United manager again for the second time, and according to Mike Ashley he didnâ€™t think he could get Kevin, and it was a surprise when Keegan said he was interested.
Once Mike heard that it didnâ€™t take him long to appoint Keegan, since he had been a big fan of Keegan and Newcastle United the first time around.
â€œItâ€™s lovely to go back to your old club and get a result even if you enjoyed your time there. Every player likes that.â€Â â€œTo 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.
â€œBut we can do something about it this time. They will get another opportunity tomorrow.â€ â€œThey can put that one behind them. That one will be history and everyone will be talking about Sundayâ€™s result.â€
â€œFootball 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.â€ â€œThere 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.â€
Never thought of it that way – about being unbeaten after today.
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