Kevin Keegan Lauds Newcastle – Players Are Smiling Again

Kevin Keegan never saw eye to eye with Mike Ashley and he walked out on Newcastle in September of 2008 when then Director of Football Dennis Wise brought in two players he didn’t even know were coming in.

The powers that be at the club were insisting at that time that Kevin had control of which players would come into the club, but it was obviously not true – and it’s still not true today – come to think of it.

But the former Newcastle icon thought Newcastle played very well yesterday and fully deserved their 2-0 win against a strong Liverpool side.

Kevin Keegan, Gary Houghton, Terry McDermott

Kevin Keegan – with Chris Hughton and Terry McDermott around March 2008

And talking to beIn Sports this is what Kevin said – starting with the Man of the Match – Gini Wijnaldum:

“Wijnaldum could be the best signing the owner has made.”  “He was fantastic.”

“Liverpool weren’t at their best. Newcastle had a bit of luck with the first goal but when you’re down the bottom you don’t normally get that kind of luck.”

“It normally goes the other way.” “It’s good to see the players smiling again.” “Newcastle got exactly what they deserved.”

“They were pensive and lacking a bit of confidence to start with, but as the game went on you felt they could go on and win this.”

As we said earlier Keegan is very critical of Mike Ashley and he’s also been very critical of Managing Director Lee Charnley today and questions just how much Lee knows about football.

So it’s not all that often we get positive stuff from Kevin but he obviously was impressed with yesterday’s display and thinks Georginio Wijnaldum is a top player and he’s not the only one.

Now the question will be if we can hold onto the 25 year-old Dutch International in the summer,  with some top clubs almost certain to come in for him.

What do you think?

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