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      25.01.2002 23:22
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      Keegan…The Man Who ……… When I heard on the news that Keegan was to be the new manager of Manchester City I fell to the ground and thanked god for sending us a new Messiah. I love Kevin Keegan and the fact that he is now the City manager fills me with hope of the rise of the phoenix that is Manchester City……Only last Saturday on Radio Five Man City were described as being the most exciting team in Britain…Thanks to KK…. I first remember Keegan when that wise old fox Bill Shankly signed him for Liverpool, he was skinny and not well know but Shankly knew damn well that he had a star in the making…What can one say about the Keegan years at Anfield, he was loved by the Liverpool fans and still gets an ovation from them even today..His partnership with big John Toshack was to see that mighty Liverpool machine rule not only the English League but also Europe as well……. Keegan was of course destined to try his luck in Europe and moved on to Hamburg and won a European medal with them as well. He was also to win the European Footballer of The Year twice in a row, he was definitely consistent. So was Keegan as great a player as say Pele or George Best, I don’t think he was. But he was full of enthusiasm and his workrate was second to none. A Kevin Keegan in your team was like having a Roy Keane in your team. Both these players spurred other team mates on by their failure to accept defeat….. Then when Keegan pulled on the famous black and white of Newcastle United and took them back to the top flight. For me Keegan revived that team single handed, he sweated blood and tears every time he pulled that black and white top on…… After retiring Keegan went into management and who will ever forget that little genius rescuing the Geordies yet again, cometh the problems, cometh the man. Step forward Mr Keegan..And he took them up in
      blaze of glory, and then could they survive in the top flight…… You bet your life they could, with new signings and exciting attacking football Newcastle topped the Premier League at Xmas and were so far clear some bookies called it a day. Then it all went wrong and Man Utd started to catch them. Who will ever forget that night on Sky when Keegan lost the plot and lashed out at Ferguson. And do you know what, I loved and respected the guy more from that night…..And of course the little guy failed in his quest to win the League, I really felt for him……. He then became manager of England and the daily papers ranted and raved about Keegan only to bury him a year later. Personally I don’t think he deserved half the criticism he took. Personally I thought the England job was a bit too soon for him but I do believe that one day he will return to the position of England manager….. For now he is the manager of Manchester City and for myself and other City fans we couldn’t be more happy. We sit proudly at the top of the First Division and play exciting football, we are proud to watch our team this season and know that this is the start of a new era at Maine Road… To sum up Keegan in one word, ENTHUSIASM. To watch him play, manage or even talk about football, he gets you so involved. When I listen to Keegan talk I believe all that he says, he generates that extra bit of confidence in his players and the fans…… As it says in the old Fairy Tales, one day your prince will come…Manchester City no longer have to wait, watch now and see the phoenix spread its wings and fly high………. Thanks Kev…………. I thank you all for your read, have a great weekend and don’t be drinking too much. If you are drunk as you read this don’t forget to rate ok…Take care all, as ever the fool online……&#
      8230;.. Art…………25th January 2002…………..

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        29.09.2001 16:07
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        I, like many others, was shocked and disappointed when Kev threw in the towel at the end of the Germany game. It was only a one goal defeat, hardly the end of the world! I suspect that Adam Crozier (Scottish) pushed him to leave and now it seems apparent that this is part of some larger plan seeing as we are saddled with no-hoper Eriksson for the foreseeable future. Why get Kev back? well, at the risk of stating the bleeding obvious, the man brought wonder to the game. You could see our players thinking - "I wonder what I should do now" and "I wonder if we'll ever score". Eriksson by contrast instills the cold professionalism that gets goals and victories but where's the soul. Secondly, getting Kev back would put a stop to all that half-time waffle from pundits about tactics - to Kev they're just another minty sweet. Thirdly, can you honestly say you like the feeling of quiet confidence we have now when a game begins. I long for a return to the gut-wrenching changes of fortune, defeats grabbed from the jaws of victory and all-round uncertainty that hovered over our matches with King Kev. Mr Crozier, send our ikea-loving friend back home and do the decent thing. We may crash out of 2002 but I think we stand a reasonable chance in 2006.

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          24.03.2001 04:17
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          In the eyes of every Newcastle United supporter and a hell of a lot more people who support other teams all around the world Kevin Keegan is a God, not only for what he did as a manager, but what he did as a player. Kevin Keegan was born in 14/02/51 in Armthorpe, Yorkshire. The clubs he played for as a player include Scunthorpe Utd, Liverpool, Hamburg , Southampton, Newcastle United and England. During his playing career he won a lot of honours mostly with that great Liverpool team, he won The League Championship 1972/3, 1975/6, 1976/7, The European Cup 1976/7, The UEFA Cup 1972/3, 1975/6, The FA Cup 1973/4, Footballer of the Year 1975/6, and he won 63 England Caps. His managerial life has seen him manage, Newcastle United, Fulham and England so far. When Kevin Keegan signed for Newcastle United back in 1982 I was only about 2 years old but the news sent shock waves of pure excitement and optimism through Tyneside. Our manager at the time said 'no other player in the world could have had such a dramatic effect on a club and its supporters'. He played in a very good Newcastle United team which included the likes of Terry McDermott, Gazza, Peter Beardsley, and Chris Waddle, David McCreery, Glen Roeder and John Anderson During his playing days on Tyneside his record was played 85 scored 49 Following a spell out the game he returned to Football when he came back to Newcastle as a manager, he came back to steady a sinking ship which was heading down to the third division (now second division) quicker than the Titanic dropped to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. He and Sir John Hall saved us from relegation and along the way he bought some experienced players like Brian Kilcline and Kevin Sheedy to help the younger player like Steve Howey, Lee Clark, Robbie Elliott and Steve Watson in our bid to escape the relegation trap door. After the job of saving us from the drop was complete, h
          e then started the job of taking us back to where a club the size of Newcastle should be, that being the Premier League. Kevin then started his re-building process and he bought Paul Bracewell, John Beresford and Barry Venison in the pre season and bought Andy Cole before the transfer deadline and the rest as they say is history, we won the league playing attractive attacking football, the likes of nothing ever witnessed on Tyneside or in the entire North East. The following season he guided us to 3rd in the Premier league and back into Europe in our first season back among the big boys, Andy Cole scored 41 goals and that season thanks to our attractive style of football Newcastle were branded The Entertainers by Football fans and pundits up and down the country. The following seasons were eventful to say the least, top of the league for a lot of the time, European Football, world transfer records smashed, fantastic football, it was a true roller-coaster a ride I would not have missed for the world. When Kevin Keegan left Newcastle I was like a lot of other Newcastle fans was heart broken I could not believe he left, people say he is a quitter and leaves when the pressure sets in, well I suppose they could have a point with that and they also have evidence to back up there thinking, but I have always said, he is a multi-millionaire and he does not need the hassle of press hacks after him, after all he does not need to work, and when people start to question him he stick two fingers up and says to hell with you, I don't need the hassle and I sure as hell don't need the money, and I can understand him doing that. I have heard some people say Kevin Keegan did nothing at Newcastle, well to these people I say this, first I would tell them to seek professional help, and secondly i will say he brought us the type of football never seen here in a long time, gave us fantastic European nights, bought players like Cole, Beardsley, Le
          e, Ginola, Ferdinand, Barton, Albert, Shearer, Asprilla, Batty, he got Newcastle to 3rd, 6th and 2nd and 2nd in the Premier League and in conjunction with the Hall's he helped turn St.James Park into one of the best stadiums in the world. So if that considered doing nothing then I am the Pope So I will finish by saying a huge thankyou to Kevin for brining me and a lot of other people years of shear delight, great football, world class players and i hope everything else he does in his life is a success, I hope to one day see him return to the Newcastle United hot seat.

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            15.10.2000 00:06
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            England losing to Germany was the best possible result for our qualification chances... it means we get rid of Keagan. No offence but he is obsolutely bloody useless. If it wasn't for the complete lack of English managers, he would' have been given the job in the first place. he hardly had a good record as a manager. He took Newcastle and Fulham and got them promoted, but only by spending stupidly large ammounts of money to bring in an entirely new squad. The england manager has to work with what he has got. Maybe we should have predicted this would happen. When the going gets tough, Kegan resigns. His biggest mistake was sticking with Shearer for so long, making the whole team play for a moody, selfish indivdual who clearly wasn't good enough to warrant such a role. Keagan also decided that the England manager should take club players and play them out of position in the national side. England have a lot of ordinary players as it is. It doesn't help matters when they are playing in positions the they have only played in training. But the Keagan is usless when it comes to tactics. He maybe good at motivating players, but its no use when we hasn't got the intelligence to manage the team. Although England have been left in a difficult position be Keagan staying on past Euro 2000 when he should he resigned, then finally handing in his notice days before an important game, we are better off without him.

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              14.10.2000 00:53
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              I consider this man to be a very nice bloke with a nice personality but the fact is that he doesn't seem to have a clue about tactical knowledge and what is needed to be a top class international manager. I disagree with the comments that he is a 'coward' and a 'bottler', as I think that standing down when he did and holding his hands up to admit that he was not up to the job was very honourable and took a lot of guts to do. This man will make a great clu manager as he showed at Newcastle and then Fulham but I do not think that he has what it takes to make it big at the top international level. Maybe when he has the funds and oppurtunity to splash some money on some top quality players as he seems to have good judgement on which players will perform well in his plans. A good manager, but you cant make transfers at International level Kevin!

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              12.10.2000 17:26

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              Kevin Keegan is one of those players from an era when we had England players giving it its all. He never stopped running, and never took any notice of those who said he lacked height, pace and ball skills. The whole was always far superior to any individual quality Kevin had.He had heart, and bags of it. Talking about heart, it must break his, to see players today earning vast amounts of money, and in the England squad, but never giving half what he did in a match. I think that when he resigned, and said that he could no longer do the job, there was more than meets the eye, to that comment. He's always worn his heart on his sleeve, and at Newcastle he was successful because he had players who were prepared to break down walls to win. At England he hasn't got the luxury of day to day management. What Kevin wanted was whole hearted commitment from his team, which he never got. Despite a lack of world class players at his dispossal, he knew that with a change of attitude, they could beat anyone. But there was no hunger there, unfortunately money has taken that away. To be honest, he would probably have done just as well by putting out a Nationwide team who were hungrey for success.

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              11.10.2000 23:25
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              I am sad and glad at the moment with English International football. I am glad that Kev has done the decent thing and resigned but I sad that we had to look bad in the process. Everyone knew that Kev was a nice bloke and a national hero but that does not give him automatic qualification to manage England! It makes me laugh seeing all the headlines saying "he should never have been in in the first place" but lets face it, the media were the ones who got him in, in the first place. He was at Fulham doing quite well but I think even I could do well there with the money he had behind him for a club in the lower divisions. I want to see the FA seriously look at a manager who has a proven track record, not just somebody that the "Sun" reckons will take us places! I don't care if they are English, French or outer Mongolian, the main thing is that we get a manager that has the experience to manage at the top level and can disipline the team as that was what was seriously lacking on the Germany game and every other that Keegan managed.I know we have the players to do great things but we have never really been in with a chance as our greatest handicapp has always been our manager!

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                11.10.2000 06:04
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                Managing at an international level requires a very different set of skills and qualities, and with all due respect to Kevin, I don't think he had. He may well have been one of England's greatest footballers and he did absolutely brilliantly for Newcastle united FC, and his spell at Fulham was also natably successful - but taking on the role of England boss? I don't think he's got what it takes - he knows this and so he quit, I think he should never had been persuaded away from Fulham personally, but he will do well to get back at Managing in the premiership. I don't think he has the brutality - is that the word? Or the actually presence that he should have had - I think he may have been too soft on the players. After all it was the players that performed poorly as well as his managerial tactics. i think the Euro 2000 performance was atrotious - simply because the team hadn't gelled together properly - it looked like the players were on trials - not a major international event! And I think Keegan should take some blame in choosing the wrong team. He should have stuck with familiar faces instead of introducing SO many new faces into the full squad - as a result we struggled, and it was clear that after the Championships, Keegan was going to have to prove himself against Germany and Finland. The right time for Keegan to leave? No. He should never have taken the job. Great Bloke - superb footballer, but an England boss?

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                  10.10.2000 14:53
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                  I have some major changes that I feel should be implimented to make England the soccer nation it deserves to be. 1 Kevin Keegan should not have left England in the lurch like this 3 days before the biggest match and a key one now, just another thin skinned and selfish action. 2 Terry Venables should be the next boss, he never failed and has shown his tatctics to be good, proves especially in helping Australia develop as a team 3 Howard Wilkinson should not be allowed anywhere near the England job after what he did to the U-21, and he and David Davies, etc should all be got rid of and replaced by old pros who know the game better and can make better decisions. 4 Kevin Keegan was very patriotic and not short of guts, but failed badly on tactics and selection. It is hard to get a good mix of both of these. A forigne manager would not be able to whip up enough passion in the dressing room that others would. 5We should really be building for the 2006 world cup and 2004 Euros, not 2002. The public should see this and be pacient. We need a boss who will be committed long term and build a team for the future. With all this in mind I feel Peter Taylor is the man for the job, but he looks to be ruled out, so Terry Venables should get it. It is not an easy job, with so much pressur

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                  09.10.2000 18:20
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                  I was wondering if the reason of all the latest England crap performances is Kevin Keegan. I've always thought that you can't really blame the manager for everything but it seems that most of the people do, or maybe they just don't want to admit that the players aren't playing that well or maybe they absolutely need someone to laugh & complain about. I think Kevin Keegan's been a good manager after all and god knows what's gonna happen with the new coach. Changing manager all the time is not good at all for the team...

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                    08.10.2000 09:15
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                    Another England manger has now departed company with the England senior team, after the 1 – 0 defeat by Germany Kevin Keegan resigned from the English set-up. This was no shock to see him walk out (or before he got sacked) after the F.A. told Keegan that there disappointing results in the euro 2000 finals that Howard Wilkinson will be assisting him in future games. The problem does not lie with Kevin Keegan but with the media and the English F.A., The F.A. will always listen to what the media are saying ever since England won the world cup in 1966 and they want another trophy in their cabinet. They have a pretty good team but they are no near good enough to win the European championships or the world cup, this is the problem most people think England are better than they really are. The question is not who’s the best manager to be appointed but who will do as they are told, we all remember in the eighties that England was looking for a new manager and the favourite at the time by a long shot was no other than brain clough the manager of Nottingham forest who just had won the league title and two European cups. The reason why he was not appointed England manager because he would have not been frightened to tell them where to go and would have managed them in his own way and not the way the F.A. wanted. I believe things might have been different for Kevin if he was able to manage them in his own way. My advise to the English F.A. is let the next manager manage the team in his own way and we might see an improvement in the results. Jackie Charlton a great England winning world cup player managed the republic of Ireland in his own way, he got some great results and today he is still known as god over there. The Irish team was not as good as the English team today but were fighters. So lets leave the new England manager alone and let him get on with his job in his own way.

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                    08.10.2000 03:47

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                    Well it was short lived but Kevin Keegan's managerial career as England boss has come to an end. A draw against the World and European Champions France was possibily his finest moment as England coach but eventually it all got to him. Euro 2000 was a disappointing result not only for the players, coach and FA but most importantly the fans. Luckily the stories were mainly looking at our rebelious fans in Belgium and Holland instead of the games against Portugal, Germany and Romania. At Newcastle, he resigned after saying that he couldn't make them any better and succeed any more, his excuse was the same for England. I believe that Kevin Keegan's career as a manager is now over. He's been a manager of some top teams and now his country but hasn't really suceeded in any and I think he'll pack it all in now. The only job I can see him taking now is the Liverpool job but with Gerard Hollier doing so well there, I don't think he'll wait around. He made it perfectly clear at the start when he took the England job that once the media and fans started getting on his back then he would resign. This is what has happened and instead of the morning papers saying what a pathetic performance against Germany, they will be focusing on the resignation of Mr Keegan.

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                    08.10.2000 01:28
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                    Oh my Kevin Keegan has resigned. Well I’m not really sure what to say now. Undoubtedly, whether you’re a football fan or not, you’ll have heard that England have just lost to Germany at home, since which time Keegan has resigned, and I have points to raise towards the end of my opinion about this. For those that don’t know, Keegan is the emotional man who transformed Newcastle back in the early 90’s and was appointed as England manager during the Euro Champ’s qualifiers. He managed to get England to Euro 2000 but we went out at the first hurdle and since which England have not become the force we want. Keegan’s had his critics for a while now, but I have always supported him, for one he has the same passion for the game I do. He is a supreme motivator and is entirely honest. He wears his heart on his sleeve and will do anything he can for his country, a major quality that I like to see. However has been criticised for his inept tactical decisions. Apart from an away match against France he has not produced on the tactics front. Today he played a diamond formation in midfield taking a big gamble with Gareth Southgate in midfield, then again there are plenty of people in the England camp who could give a little advice. I think much more of the blame for recent result lies with the players and their arrogance to the team game and the state of English football in general, we simply don’t have the touch, confidence and we are lagging behind our counterparts in Europe. He’s left at a most annoying time. After Euro 2000 I praised him, not a great championship but he wanted to take England further into the World Cup of 2002. However I’ve lost a little respect, if he had had doubts he should have resigned after Euro 2000, if not he should have seen us out. Thinking about it though who have we got to replace him, Terry Venables? I think not, he just doesn’
                    t motivate. Howard Wilkinson? Don’t make me laugh. We either need a duo at the helm or a man who can motivate, use tactics and promote teamwork as far too many players are trying to be too individual. For me it’s one of two men, Peter Taylor (Leicester), who probably won’t because the way the FA treated him at U21 level or Bobby Robson (Newcastle) who seems to be the complete package but maybe too old. I don’t care if he’s foreign or English, known or unknown, just please bring back England, for we are not watching a national team anymore we are watching a team individuals. We have the players now, we have some good youths and if we win against Finland we still have an excellent chance or World Cup 2002, I have one statement left and is directed at Lancaster Gate – GET IT SORTED. Perhaps Keegan has taken the easy way out, we need some stability.

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                      26.09.2000 02:55
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                      Kevin Keegan's time as England boss has been anything other than successful. Time and again he has ignored the potential of up and coming stars in favour of a selection of "has beens" and "never were's". Its very easy in football to jump on a band waggon, a few poor results and the same people cheering a selection for national coach are quickly calling for his head. I can say that I am not following that pattern when I call for his head, I was shocked and distressed by his appointment in the first place. Lets look at King Kev's managerial credentials. Manager of Newcastle for five years, he took them from near the foot of the first division to Premiership runners up with the help of an excellent chairman who put his heart, sole and bottomless pockets into the venture. Then it got stale, the team couldn't defend, no matter how much money Kev spent. The pressure mounted, Keegan's hair went white and he couldn't get away from the spotlight fast enough. A short time out was followed by him taking charge of Fulham, once again a potential sleeping giant with money to burn, and a chairman willing to put everything behind Keegan. The results were quick, but most English managers could get a side out of the 2nd division buy buying premiership class players.....this kind of managerial tactics do not work at international level. So, a man famed for running from pressure situations, famed for not knowing how to coach a side to keep clean sheets is put in charge of an England side already in a downward spiral from the Hoddle era. Brilliant idea from the "old farts" at Lancaster Gate, and we are surprised that Keegan didn't set the world on fire at Euro 2000? I'm not, not in the slightest. You cannot fault Keegan for his enthusiasm, but coaching a national side is more than picking the team and telling they are good enough to win, before sending
                      them onto the field with no tactics to their inevitable slaughter. I call for Keegans head, for these reasons, but mainly for the fact that he does not have the courage to bring to England what he did with Newcastle, quality flair players. We have them in this country, maybe not in abundance, but we do have them. However Keegan prefers to stick with the ageing trusty players that have succeeded in winning very little in the past. If you want to keep your job, have courage in your convictions Kev. Out with Seaman and the Neville brothers. In with Martyn, Dyer and Barry. Play Beckham through the centre and trust the players around to contribute. I give him until summer 2001 to get his act together and hope that this wasn't too generous. ****UPDATE**** As we all know, dear old Kev has gone, for the better I think, once we get old Sergeant Wilko back in the directors box where he belongs.....Bring Back El Tel I say....at least he got the nation passionate about our beloved game.

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                        21.09.2000 06:15
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                        Kevin Keegan is THE England boss that will superseed all others. I have to say that this is a complete pile of rubbish. Keegan really ought to get rid of all these old players like Adams, Keown and Seaman. He ought to introduce the U21 squad to the first team and then let them go to the next World Cup. There are many U21 players who could fit into the England setup. Owen and Heskey are a wonderful strike pairing and are working wonders for Liverpool. All the Leeds players are ones to watch as they are going to be long serving England regulars. My motto has to be to get rid of Keegan and get in somebody who realises that the future of English football lies with kids !!!

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