Harry Kewell attracts ridicule after explaining why players don’t want to play for Newcastle United
Out of work manager Harry Kewell has been giving the benefit of his expertise to Newcastle fans, explaining why the club struggle to make signings.
Kewell says ‘To be able to drag players up there is very hard.’
However, rather than Mike Ashley refusing to pay the going rate on transfer fees and wages, the former Crawley and Notts County manager sees a far bigger problem.
He claims the weather is a big barrier to players signing for Newcastle United.
Not surprisingly, many Newcastle fans and neutrals have ridiculed his comments.
It is ironic that this comes from a player who was at Leeds United for seven years and Liverpool for five years.
That is Liverpool who get more rain than Newcastle and Leeds that is only 81 miles from Newcastle as the crow flies, I don’t remember getting in a panic if I forgot to pack some Factor 50 for a trip to Elland Road.
He pretty much destroys his own argument based on the reality of the choices he made in his career.
Two things drive pretty much every single player when he is looking at which club to sign for, namely money and ambition.
When Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson had Newcastle on the up, there were no problems when it came to recruiting and keeping players.
When Harry Kewell left Leeds in 2003, ironically he turned down offers from Barcelona and AC Milan, to instead choose Liverpool, citing the fact he had supported the scousers as a boy.
Yet again another reason why players such as he and especially Alan Shearer might choose a club to move to.
I can understand players thinking twice before maybe going to somewhere such as Russia due to the weather/cold, where they can’t even play football in the winter due to the conditions.
However, the clubs in the north west, or Leeds back in the day, amongst others, prove that it is clubs prepared to pay the money and try to win trophies, that are the big attractions.
Harry Kewell talking to Sky Sports:
“The hardest thing for Newcastle is to be able to bring the players there.
“I know you may say that it is about the money or something like that…but the weather as well.
“When you go up there [to Newcastle], it is very cold and players look at that.
“They do look at that.
“To be able to drag players up there is very hard.
“For them to be able to bring in players, it is going to be difficult.
“But then again, they have a great manager and now they are starting to bring in players, that can bring Newcastle where I think Newcastle is, which is a Premier League club.”
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