Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Kevin Keegan for Newcastle (vs Queens Park Rangers), 28 August 1982


I see that Kevin Keegan's Soccer Circus ("A unique and exciting visitor attraction for the whole family...[aiming to] engage visitors in a series of fun challenges culminating in an incredible final game, kicking footballs in a fully automated, fully themed football shooting range.") is opening a new branch just south of the border then.

I think the Newcastle Utd official website puts it best:

"Breaking News: King Kev To Make Toon Return

Geordie messiah Keegan to be unveiled as new United manager."

Messiah, no less. No excitement or expectation there then.

Would they be getting so excited if Gerrard Houllier had been named? I don't think so.

If Alan Shearer is named as his assistant, I don't think there will be a dry eye in the house.

Brilliant news for the general entertainment value of the Premier League.... the quality of post-match interviews with the manager will definitely improve anyway.

Great news.

9 comments:

Mosher said...

The "messiah" tag has been around for ages, and in fairness is pretty much deserved in the "saviour" sense.

When he first joined us as manager, we were wallowing around in depths usually reserved for the likes of Sunderland. He (and Hall's millions) got us out of the mire and into the top division.

Yes, I'd say overall I'm happy to have him back. We never played bad football under him and - yes - the post-match interviews were always better than anything Big Sam did. Especially for the Beeb...

SwissToni said...

you'd need a heart of stone for this news not to bring a smile to your face, I reckon.

weenie said...

Hurray for King Kev. Shearer to be his heir in waiting - interesting times ahead!

LB said...

anyone found Philippe Albert yet?

Mosher said...

Albert (still the scorer of one of my favourite goals of all time) is doing a Shearer, working as a pundit on Belgian telly. I think he was also at the recent(ish) charity game at St James' Park.

Sarah said...

They could have waited a day to unveil him though... mutter, grr, sulk...

bet on football said...

Being a Newcastle fan was never meant to be this hard! just when i thought things were looking up, after the return of legendary Geordie, Kevin Keegan, i go and read this article on some online sports betting company’s website that is already writing off his chances of turning round the clubs fortunes. This got me thinking, after seeing managers sacked after relatively short periods of time and new gaffer’s chances being talked down before even one game in charge, along these lines...

Are the football managers of today given enough time? I personally believe time is the answer - look at fergie at man u and Wenger at arsenal... My beloved Newcastle will never improve unless a manager with reasonable knowledge of the game is given time to put structures in place... I know its a cliché, but these people in the media and at this online football betting site are putting the pressure on Chairmen and club owners to sack managers without thinking about long term managers. It angers me intensely reading the kind of stuff i saw on sporting index this morning! Read it for yourself and let me know what you think...

Mosher said...

Anyone else get the feeling that last comment is very close to being carefully targeted, manually added spam?

SwissToni said...

mosher - it is spam, although I'm a little bit flattered that Blue Square think we're worth the effort! Perhaps they'd care to offer odds on the predictions league (well, perhaps they've closed the book on the winner... for the places, perhaps? what do you reckon Bet on Football? Oh, he's gone)

ST