Former Newcastle goalkeeper and now St.Johnstone manager, Tommy Wright, has been reminiscing about his days at St.James’ Park and especially life under Kevin Keegan.
A popular figure amongst Newcastle fans who were around in the 80s and 90s, Wright does though appear to have a bit of a chip on his shoulder about the former United boss.
Tommy Wright speaking to the Scotsman newspaper;
“Kevin Keegan once described me as the best sweeper-keeper in the world. Nine months later he fri**in’ sold me. That summed up our relationship
“He had knowledge, all managers need that, but he was very off the cuff. No structure, it was the old Liverpool way of training with small-sided games.”
Better than the rest;
“His attitude was; ‘We’re better than the rest’, which can give you confidence but he didn’t take defeats well. Back at training he would mope around in the huff with Terry McDermott having to tell him – ‘Come on gaffer, the lads want you to join in’.”
“He would be personally affronted by losing, it was all about him.” Keegan always had his favourites while Ossie Ardiles picked the same team without fail.”
“You could say I got Ruud Gullit the sack from Newcastle but that is probably not quite true.
“I only played one game for him and bloody eventful so it was.”
“Just before the Tyne & Wear derby he told me I was in. We were training, about to do set-plays, and John Karelse, who’d played until that point, trotted into position. Ruud said ‘No no, John, Tommy, you go’, that was it.
“He didn’t deal with people, which cost him, he left out Alan Shearer and Duncan Ferguson for that game and we lost.”