The nicest way of putting things is to say that Kevin Keegan’s start as Newcastle manager has been ‘indifferent’. The fans greeted his arrival with talk of winning games 4-3, yet in order to win by that scoreline, you have to register shots on target. Sadly, the Magpies have only managed this feat twice in three matches, so the best they could possibly have achieved is two 1-0’s and a 0-0 draw (they at least got the last bit against Bolton). But what’s this ahead of United’s match against Middlesbrough? Keegan calling for patience from the Toon Army (as reported by Sporting Life)? Isn’t that like asking Joey Barton to behave himself on a night out?
Keegan, who returned to St James’ Park for a second spell in charge earlier this month, said: “People tend to forget how we moved in last time.
“I think we won seven and lost seven of our 14 games left. That was enough to get us out of the relegation zone at that time in the division below.
“You do need patience. We need the patience to wait for some of our players who have had injuries to get back to full fitness, for the ones to come back from suspension – and we have still got people to come back from the African Nations Cup.
“We do need patience and the Newcastle fans will show that. You can lose that patience if, after a while, the things you are seeing aren’t really what you expected.
“That’s when people start to get frustrated and show it.”
Failure to beat Middlesbrough will leave Newcastle staring over their shoulders after the weekend, with plenty of teams at the bottom of the league eyeing three points this Saturday. Does Kevin Keegan have a relation battle on his hands already or will his team kick on and finish mid-table this season?