News yesterday that Mike Ashley has promised Kevin Keegan a WOW signing, as he apparently told some corporate guests at yesterday’s game at Old Trafford we would sign a big name within the next two weeks.
Â Kevin Keegan – wow singing promised by Ashley
When told what Mike Ashley had told corporate guests yesterday Kevin said:
â€œIâ€™m looking forward to that,â€ â€œVery much. Weâ€™ll definitely have one or two new signings (before the transfer window closes). I donâ€™t know what the â€˜wowâ€™ signing is but I canâ€™t wait to ring him (Ashley) when I get home.”
“Itâ€™s a shame he told corporate guests before he let me and Terry Mac know.â€
A little blast by Kevin for Mike at the end of that statement, but apparently he said the words in a light hearted and joking way.
We have heard whispers over the last few weeks they have been working on a major name but that if it happened, it would happen towards the very end of August.
Kevin was then asked about current speculation it could be another Argentine in Javier Saviola, and he responded:
â€œItâ€™d be nice for starters.â€ â€œWith Dennis Wise, Tony Jiminez, Derek Llambias and Mike Ashley weâ€™re working really well to get quality players in,â€ he said. â€œToo often in the last few years Newcastle have bought players who for whatever reason have not been quite good enough. “
“Sometimes they havenâ€™t settled or seemed to have understood what it means to play for Newcastle United. I think the three weâ€™ve got so far do and the next three must as well. If that means waiting, so be it.”
â€œThe fans have seen two or three new signings who they know have come to Newcastle to play for the club in the right manner. The journey home wonâ€™t be quite so long. But thatâ€™s gone now. Weâ€™ve got to go back home and start to build there because our home record last year wasnâ€™t good enough for Newcastle United.”
â€œGutiÃ©rrez was fantastic. I really like him. I want to see him do his â€˜Spidermanâ€™ (goal celebration) because that means heâ€™s scored but I wonâ€™t hold my breath because heâ€™s only got four goals in 90 games or something like that.”
â€œHeâ€™s a real team player. From the minute he came to the club the boys accepted him straight away. He just came in and instead of being a boy he was a man who knew he could play. Colocciniâ€™s the same. Guthrie did fantastic, my man of the match.â€
And Coloccini was making his very first appearance of the season for any club, and considering it was the red hot atmosphere of Old Trafford, and that Fabricio does not speak much English, his performance alongside Steven Taylor was impressive, to say the very least.
In fact we thought he looked just tremendous and so cool under pressure, after the first 10 minutes or so.
And Kevin Keegan said he had not been worried about playing the central defender yesterday and continued:
â€œI wasnâ€™t worried about his match fitness, heâ€™s a tremendous athlete,â€ â€œWe didnâ€™t get him registered until Friday so he couldnâ€™t train with the group and do any contact.”
“But when you looked at him on Saturday in training with the team I said to Terry Mac, â€˜Heâ€™ll just love going to Old Traffordâ€™, and he said he wanted to play. That was it.â€
â€œWe had a go,â€ â€œIâ€™ve only ever been once here and got something not having a go. That was with Manchester City and we wanted to and couldnâ€™t get the ball. We drew 0-0.”
â€œWhatever Manchester Unitedâ€™s team is youâ€™ve to have the courage to play. You need a bit of luck and your top players to perform. Shay Given kept us in it early on.”
â€œWe were very unlucky to lose the lead so quickly. We only had 10 men on the pitch because Steven Taylor was off (receiving treatment). Itâ€™s hard enough 11 against 11 here.”
â€œMaybe if we could have just withstood that until Steven could come back on we might have been talking about something even better than a draw but I think it was a fair result.â€
It was a great first game of the season, first of all – with both sides willing to attack each other – and it was a credir to the Premier League. And with that performance, there’s no doubt Newcastle will be start picking up new fans again, just like we did when Kevin was last at the club.
And after a dodgy first 20 minutes Newcastle gave as good as they got, and every player in that famous black and white shirt can be proud of their performance yesterday – they did us proud – and that’s all we can ask for.