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Kevin Keegan Lauds Newcastle – Players Are Smiling Again

6:48 pm, Monday, December 7th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 15 Comments

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?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Georginio Wijnaldum · Interview · Premier League · Press

15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Dec 7, 2015 at 6:51 PM

    Jeff Out!

  • 2 Tsunki // Dec 7, 2015 at 6:51 PM

    …and take Ashley Out! With you…

  • 3 Tsunki // Dec 7, 2015 at 6:53 PM

    Ray/jeff/jib – if I am, as you delicately stated, an **** hole, then that would explain something: you must be that sharp, stabbing pain…..

  • 4 Jib // Dec 7, 2015 at 6:54 PM

    Ashley In

  • 5 Bobbybee // Dec 7, 2015 at 6:59 PM

    Stage check. Is it working?

  • 6 Tsunki // Dec 7, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    Can’t quite hear you right at the back but not too bad. Are you well, Bobbybee?

  • 7 Tsunki // Dec 7, 2015 at 7:09 PM

    89norcal I’ll agree with you on the talent thing when we are winning games on the trip and above the half way line come the end of spring. Until then I maintain we might have talent, but by far not enough. And up to now the talent hasn’t been too worried about showing itself. Let’s be realistic, it’s a good win, but it is only one win.

  • 8 Tsunki // Dec 7, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    I recall some comments about our lack of speed in the squad, and our complete absence of threat ( fret?) on the break. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Wijnaldums 2nd goal. Where there’s a will….

  • 9 Bobbybee // Dec 7, 2015 at 7:15 PM

    Hey, at last. Thought i’d been banned. Well, sadly, for the first time in decades i couldn”t get to the match – and what one to miss. Made it to Leicester but i knew when i got home I’d pushed myself too far. Now i can’t walk at all. After many delays by my Dr, I finally got an ambulance to get me to Morpeth to see the specialist, only to find the Dr hadn’t sent him the fecking x rays! So seven weeks after deiscovering my spine is fractured in three places – that we know of – i’m still no further forward. Hopefully Wednesday will be the start of getting things moving.
    How can we be so crap v Leicester and then play Liverpool – a team on such a good run – off the park.? That’s why I love football ‘ you just never know. 😉 Can’t sit up for long, so going to watch the game on TV. Away to Watford in the cup. Oh well.

  • 10 Jib // Dec 7, 2015 at 7:15 PM

    FA Cup
    First out the bag
    Watford v NUFC

  • 11 toonking // Dec 7, 2015 at 7:16 PM

    FA cup draw. first fixture out
    watford newcastle

  • 12 Bobbybee // Dec 7, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    No it’s not again. All that writing wasted!

  • 13 SPRINGY // Dec 7, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    enjoyed the performance yesterday but the left hand side of midfield is a bit of a worry….gini was penciled into that position but he will always drift in field which is where he’s at his best and that leaves the left hand side a bit bare….and that puts dummet under pressure from the opposition right sided midfielder and right back and he kept looking for an out ball and ended up just booting it up field….in other games he may well get over run…..a tweak maybe required somehow

  • 14 Jib // Dec 7, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    Mackems away to the Gooners

  • 15 AndyMac // Dec 7, 2015 at 7:38 PM

    “Now the question will be if we can hold onto the 25 year-old Dutch International in the summer”

    Dont wanna take you to task particularly Ed but am I the only one who gets supremely PO’d when any named player has a few good games, scores a few goals, assists, saves etc etc and is immediately thrust into the limelight and linked with any one of the so called Big Four ?

    Jamie Vardy, Harry Kane or John Stones all have a club employer at the moment and are happy to play for them ! Gini on the other hand………:-)

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