Kevin Keegan’s return to football management at all is good news for those of us who love the characters of the game. That he has come back to manage Newcastle is the perfect storm made flesh.
Whether he succeeds (and I hope he does) or fails, football lovers are in for some terrific times on and off the pitch. Keegan the manager will turn Newcastle into a dynamic footballing force. I’m predicting St James’s Park becoming a true fortress for them once again. And on the road, just bags of goals at either end. At every club he’s managed, this is what we have seen to a large extent and I don’t see his style changing. It must be wonderful to be a Newcastle fan right now. Expect excitement… and rightly so. Expect success… well, a tougher challenge but if he can attract the right players, why not?
Keegan the media face has always been gold dust. He carries his passion for the game and his job to every interview, to every dugout, and he is unafraid to express himself. Most of us will recall the shattering of his dreams in the ‘I would love it if we beat them!’ interview when he had been well and truly ‘Fergied’. I doubt we’ll see such an outburst again. But having watched his press conference this afternoon, and seen the determination and the humour shine through, er are set for some really precious moments.
Gawd love ‘im, it’s great to have him back.