Mark Lawrenson was coach at Newcastle in the 1990s when Kevin Keegan was the manager and he coached the defense – which is a weakness of the Newcastle side right now.
But come to think of it, Newcastle’s defense has been a weakness even when the Entertainers were entertaining a nation under Kevin Keegan 20 years ago.
Mark Lawrenson – at the game tomorrow
Of course as Einstein said – it’s all relative – and the difference with the Kevin Keegan teams was that we could score goals almost at will, so we could allow other teams to score now and again – just to make it interesting.
Mark has reviewed tomorrow’s game against Norwich for the BBC and he will be on Tyneside for the game, and he even has some good news for Newcastle:
“Like the other promoted teams, Norwich are doing OK so far – even though they are short of a striker.“
“Newcastle, meanwhile, are in all sorts of trouble. They were all right until half-time of their last game against Manchester City, but the way they then fell apart shows how frail they are.“
“Despite their poor start to the season, I would still say they should stick with their manager Steve McClaren because I think they will be fine in the end.“
“I am at St James’ Park on Sunday for Match of the Day 2 and I am expecting to see a bit of good news for the Magpies at long last.“
“It is almost as if things cannot get any worse. They are already bottom of the table and having goalkeeper Tim Krul ruled out for the season is another big blow.“
“But I think they will react to being under such massive pressure by finding a way to beat Norwich.“
“They really need to because the Wear-Tyne derby is next up for McClaren, and Newcastle have got a horrendous record in that fixture in recent seasons.“
The truth is we desperately need the win and if we can get it there will be lots of happy Newcastle fans tomorrow night at around 6:00pm local time.
Then we can look forward to taking Sunderland apart next Sunday at the Stadium of Light.