It will not have gone unnoticed by Newcastle fans that the Newcastle squad has already been decimated by injury and suspension, and Kevin’s pleas for a bigger squad still went unheeded by the powers that be, at Newcastle.
Kevin Keegan – always wanted bigger squad – where is it?
While we have to say we have been impressed by the caliber of player that Newcastle brought in during the summer, we just don’t have enough players in the squad, and that’s something Keegan had been saying since he arrived at the club in January.
It also didn’t help selling one of our best youngsters, James Milner, right at the end of the transfer window, without ensuring we had a ready replacement lined up. Another mess up no doubt.
Kevin was dead right about all of this, and he didn’t want to lose Milner, and was probably right about a lot of other things that were discussed behind the scenes with Ashley and his cronies.
We have to think that Kevin just got sick of having people around him who had no idea about how to manage a football club, and he just got sick of the whole situation.
Now Newcastle caretaker boss Chris Hughton, has been given the shovel to try to clean up the mess, and is of course without several key players against West Ham tomorrow in London.
We have injuries to Viduka, Martins, Smith, Beye, Gutierrez, Enrique and Barton and Guthrie are suspended. That’s 8 first teamers not available, with a chance that Martins may just make the game tomorrow, and Duff has just returned from injury, but of course both players are short of match practice.
Chris Hughton said today:
“As soon as a decision is made on who will be the permanent manager, the better.”
Hughton and the Newcastle fans will be hoping for a major improvement over last weekend’s performance, and even though we are short of players, there’s still a chance we can get something from this game.
But the lads’ mental state has to be a lot better and more positive than it was last Saturday, against Hull City.