Kevin Keegan is not exactly an admirer of Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, after Kevin was treated badly and unfairly when he was Newcastle’s manager for the second time back in 2008, but only for a short nine months.
But Kevin has talked to beIN Sports, and he thinks that one reason Mike Ashley was so upbeat in his Sky Sports interview one hour before the game yesterday, was that Newcastle may already have a top experienced head coach lined up.
Kevin Keegan – Ashley may already have head coach lined up
Kevin Keegan even believes Ashley can get a number of fans on his side – if he can deliver the goods this summer.
But the first step has to be to bring in a top new head coach very soon – and that will set the stage for this summer’s transfer window and also give the fans a big boost – which they need after what’s happened this year.
This is what Kevin has said to beIN Sports:
“He certainly hasn’t invested enough. I hope he delivers on his pre-match interview because he’s talked the talk and now he’s got to walk the walk.” “I think it’s good news for Newcastle fans provided he keeps his word and invests in the club. He’s put loads in but he’s also taken money out.”
“Anything can be done if everyone pulls the same way. This has been a club that’s pulled itself apart this season.” “If Mike Ashley puts some investment in, in a year or two they could be clapping him into the stadium. He could be their hero. “
“It’s the mindset that’s got to change. Maybe he can turn it around, yes.” “He’s got to run it differently. He’s got to learn how to run a football club properly, and surround himself with people who know what it’s all about.”
“I don’t get it with the way the club have been thinking.” “The best chance is a cup. They must concentrate on the cup. It’s the best chance of winning something and the best way to get into Europe.”
“I think he’s got somebody lined up as he was quite bullish in the interview. I’ve got a feeling with the way he was talking before the game, he’s already got someone.” “I would put Michael Laudrup top of my list.”
“What that would do is guarantee a certain type of football. What he did at Swansea is something the Newcastle fans want. They want to be entertained.” “Ashley has got the money.” “If someone could just explain to him that if you get this right, everything that’s been against you, it will swing full circle.”
“He had people between him and me that he didn’t need. I told him that. That’s why it didn’t work. I know the guy who he’s got running the club – Lee Charnley – and he needs someone else with more experience.”
Michael Laudrup is currently 7th favorite for the Newcastle job at 16/1 with SkyBet – but the odds don’t seem to mean much at the moment, since Steve McClaren is still favorite at 4/7 and even John Carver is at 7/1.
But it will be important for Newcastle to appoint a new head coach quickly, and if they get somebody who’s good and plays entertaining football that will be a very good first step – to what hopefully will be a good summer of transfer dealings for the club.
It needs to be, after just another terrible season – although it ended in great style yesterday and that has given fans a little bit of a lift.
At least we are still a Premier League side.
It could have been a lot worse.