It’s been the worst start imaginable for Kevin Keegan as manager of Newcastle United. His team have barely scored a goal, let alone picked up any wins and the fans who proclaimed him as the messiah are now booing him and the team every week. Come back Sam Allardyce all is forgiven!
The Guardian report that Keegan is allegedly preparing himself and owner Mike Ashley for the unthinkable. We are of course talking about the Magpies’ relegation into the Championship in May.
When asked for guarantees that relegation will be avoided, Keegan is believed to have told him that none could be offered – and cited three reasons why. The first was Ashley’s failure to strengthen Newcastle’s squad during the January transfer window, the second reflected Keegan’s concern that he inherited a group of players whose collective confidence remains rock bottom and the third is the team’s tricky impending fixture list.
Strange how these reasons are only started to emerge now and not when King Kev took over a couple of months ago. Is the Newcastle manager badly out of his depth, underestimating the task that faced him when he rejoined the club as gaffer? Can he or anyone else do anything about the impending slide towards the foot of the Premier League table?