Kevin Keegan has been talking about the chances of three of his old clubs in the remaining days of this season.
Whilst Manchester City and Liverpool dream of European success, Newcastle fans are dreaming of salvation.
Rafa Benitez has brought back hope to supporters who had already written the season off whilst Steve McClaren was still in charge.
Will the Rafa magic be enough?
Kevin Keegan believes that Rafa will mastermind three wins in 16 days but….and it is a big BUT, Keegan wonders whether even nine points will be enough.
When we polled Newcastle fans this week, four in five of them thought United would get at least two wins out of three and over 60% thought a minimum of seven points would be the return from these last few games.
Keegan thinks that with both Sunderland and Norwich having a game in hand it could prove crucial but today could be a real game changer. A victory for Newcastle and the other two failing to win, would send United out of the relegation zone with a visit to rock bottom Aston Villa up next.
If the mackems did take advantage of what look easyish fixtures then you couldn’t really have any complaints, when Newcastle (even with three wins) can’t even get to 40 points.
As for two other Kevin Keegan clubs, he sees Champions League disappointment for Manchester City, with too big a hurdle to better the clubs left in the competition who have all been there before.
As for Liverpool, Keegan thinks that at last the scousers have come across the right manager and holds up the game against Borussia Dortmund as prime evidence of that.
Kevin Keegan talking to the Irish Examiner:
“Manchester City are still in it.
“Madrid are slight favourites for me because they’re at home and they’ll probably have Ronaldo back. But even if City do get to the final, they’d still come up against either Bayern or Atletico who are a lot more streetwise than City are.
“That’s the problem. Of the four teams in the semis, City are the least used to that level. I want them to do it but, if I’m honest, I don’t think they will.
“With Liverpool, I thought the Dortmund game was such a throwback. It was the first time in a long, long time that I thought, ‘I’m really enjoying watching Liverpool again’. Under Klopp I think they’ve got a new, positive direction. It suits the players they’ve got and it’s also what the fans want to see.
“And Newcastle? I actually think they will win the last three games but whether nine points is enough to keep them up, I don’t know, because of the games in hand Sunderland and Norwich have.”