‘It has to be Kevin Keegan’
At first, I think it was a dreamland scenario and that I was just swept up in the post-takeover frenzy.
However, after a few fairly sobering results, it’s dawned on me that Kevin Keegan should be back as manager of Newcastle United.
I know that this will be scoffed at…but there’s no one else who has the ability to excite the Geordie faithful as he does.
Shearer aside, no one loves more and, most importantly, knows Newcastle United better than Kevin Keegan and we, as a club, need something more than a statement. As we stare relegation in the face, we need a saviour.
For the players, Keegan is the only person who could possibly translate just what it means to play for Newcastle and how to become true idols on Tyneside.
For the likes of local boys Sean Longstaff and Paul Dummett – not to mention an exciting player in Allan Saint-Maximin, huge potential in Joe Willock and goal machine Callum Wilson – the sheer presence of Kevin Keegan in the dressing room will be enough to lift them and their performance levels to one where we can comfortably steer ourselves away from the foot of the table.
For the fans, it will give us the buzz we so desperately need – and deserve – after so many years of well…worse than nothing from Mike Ashley.
The return of a true king will be just like when Bobby Robson took charge.
Like Bobby, Keegan can get gut-busting performances out of players that are, with all respect, bang average.
Just think of the freedom a natural winger like Ryan Fraser could play with, or the confidence that the likes of Jacob Murphy could find himself full of.
These aren’t necessarily bad players, but in Keegan, they would be lifted by someone who knows how to get the best out of them.
And, for Keegan himself, it’s a shot at redemption.
It would be the return we all thought it was going to be in 2008, except that we already know that the owners this time around, have the club and indeed the city already in their hearts and so, to appoint Kevin Keegan as manager – even if it was just until the end of the season with the sole aim of avoiding relegation – would be just the kind of ‘I’ll show you’ opportunity Keegan thrives on.
Let’s also not forget that Keegan once said that he’d love to return, so long as Ashley was no longer in charge.
Whether you agree with me or not, it’s becoming painfully clear that the hiring of the next Newcastle manager is becoming something of a farce – at the time of writing this, Unai Emery has backed himself away from the role – and so, if we’re going to jump on this rollercoaster, why not get on with someone who actually wants the job and has the ability to inject a bit of pride into the club and their role as manager?
In Keegan, we’ve been here before – but that won’t make it any less exciting.
It has to be Kevin Keegan.
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