Kevin Keegan has been back in the north east.
The Newcastle United legend was yet again doing his bit for a good cause, linking up with the North East’s Special Olympics athletes.
Kevin Keegan has along with the athletes re-recorded England’s 1982 World Cup song ‘This Time, We’ll Get it Right’ in advance of the National Summer Games which will be held in Sheffield later this year.
The North East athletes will walk out to the song when entering the stadium.
Predictably asked about the fortunes of Newcastle United, Keegan says he has no doubt his old club will win the Championship and be back in the Premier League.
The former NUFC Manager says that this is ‘where they belong’ and that with the usual backing from the supporters, they can start gaining ground in the top tier once again.
If you ever needed any reminding of just how ridiculous Mike Ashley’s running of Newcastle has been, it is summed up by the fact he has treated Alan Shearer and Kevin Keegan so badly, estranging the two greatest living Newcastle United icons from the club.
Rafa Benitez is on a one man crusade to try and turn the club around but imagine if he had people like Shearer and Keegan also working inside Newcastle United to help push it forward.
“Football means so much in this region and it is so important that Newcastle get back in the Premier League – I think they’ll do that this year.
“They (Newcastle United) will win the league and get back to where they belong.
“Then it is tough – but it’s a big enough club to carry it and it has got all that fantastic support.
“The club will be there forever – people will come and go but Newcastle United will be there forever.
“They are great supporters and even when at their lowest after a bad game on a Saturday and they say they’re not going to go next week….
“Monday comes they are thinking ‘ what will I do?’.
“Tuesday comes and they think ‘I’ll probably go again’.
“By Wednesday, they’re going to go again.”