Newcastle manager: ‘Survival is the priority’

Keegan’s second coming at St James’ Park still hasn’t taken off after his team were comprehensively beaten 4-1 at Villa Park on Saturday. In fact, Newcastle are now in real danger of getting sucked into a relegation dogfight, a fact that ‘King Kev’ is all-too happy to concede according to the Daily Mirror.

Keegan said: “When I took the job and started to look where we were, I didn’t think we were safe. That is the truth because you know you need a certain amount of points and we have not got them yet.

“First of all we have to get enough points to be safe, that’s the first priority and we’ve got tough fixtures. I knew that when I took over.

“We’re just on the edge of it and we’ve got to make sure we don’t get sucked into it, we’ve got some tough games away from home against teams in the top six and we need to get points.

“Aston Villa away, Manchester United at home, we’ve still got to go to Liverpool and Everton and we’ve got a tough home game against Sunderland, which as we saw against Boro, won’t be easy.”

With the January transfer window now shut and no new players recruited (plenty of backroom staff though!), the outlook must be particularly bleak for Newcastle fans right now.

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