Newcastle players are so excited. And they just can’t hide it.

Kevin Keegan has already had the seal of approval from Newcastle United fans, now the players are getting all excited about his reinstatement as manager of the north-east club. The Daily Telegraph have neatly compiled a list of quotes from members of the Magpies squad, who all appear to be keen on working with the ‘messiah’.

Shay Given said: “I’ve been here 11 years so I know just what he means to the area and what he has done for the club. Everyone talks about the Keegan era and what exciting times they were for Newcastle.

“The place needed that sort of calibre of manager and Mike Ashley and Chris Mort deserve credit for getting him on board.

“I am looking forward to working with him. It takes time and people will have to be patient but hopefully the good times will be ahead.”

While James Milner is getting all nostalgic:

“If he can do the same job he did last time everybody will be delighted. I was only young when he was here, but Newcastle were a great side. The players were amazing, like Ginola and Asprilla. How Newcastle did then was brilliant.”

Charles N’Zogbia is chuffed as well.

“We must try to do our best for Newcastle and the supporters who have stuck with us.

The scenes were amazing before, during and after the [Stoke] game.”

Will the Keegan love-in still be going strong after Saturday’s match against Bolton?!

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