“When you’re in love with a football manager, it blows your mind,” goes the Dr Hook song (or something like that, anyway). The Times reports that, ahead of Sunday’s Tyne-Wear derby, Sunderland manager Roy Keane has been positively glowing in his praise for Kevin Keegan. The Magpies boss endured a torrid start to his second managerial stint at St James’ Park, but three wins and a draw in the past four matches have seen any relegation fears erased and we can all sit down and watch a nice chilled out derby match – errrr.
“I was absolutely delighted to see Kevin go there,” the Irishman said. “I think a lot of people are losing their love for the game. I watched a reserve game the other night and it was shocking – people were just going through the motions. “You shouldn’t underestimate the importance of Kevin’s enthusiasm. I love that. I bumped into Kevin once or twice when he lived in Manchester very briefly. Football can get very robotic, but that’s not what you see with Kevin because he brings something different. I respect him. He’s got a great enthusiasm and I think that’s a vital component in any manager.”
There’s no doubt that it’s great to have Keegan back in the Premier League, although it did at first appear that he might have been out of his depth upon returning as manager. Victory against Fulham three weeks ago has really turned things round for him and the club and it will be interesting to see how he strengthens the squad in the summer.