Thursday, January 17, 2008
Messiah Returns to Newcastle and it's not Shearer
Kevin Keegan, as he so rightly corrected an ignorant television reporter, is back at St. James' Park for the third time. Having starred as a player and then snatching defeat from the jaws of victory as a coach when they blew a 12-point lead in the championship, Keegan has returned to his beloved Newcastle. There are doubts about the appointment, kneejerk ones maybe. It does look a bit hasty given the new owners could not get first choice Harry Redknapp. I did mention in a previous post that Newcastle needed someone with a bit more objectivity than the fan favorite Alan Shearer but one major thing that counts in Keegan's favor is that he is very much at home on Tyneside. He left in acrimonious circumstances before at a time when his relationship with the previous chairman had broken down but this club is where his heart is and Keegan is someone who wears that organ on his sleeve. He will at least live and breathe his experience with the Toon Army and they will love him for that. I hope it works, I seriously do, despite the nagging doubts that persist this was all done without a long-term view on the part of the owners.