Keegan is No Harry Potter!

Last updated : 29 January 2008 By Footy Mad - Editor
The man arrived on Tyneside to scenes of hysteria, and I thought the one thing the man would guarantee would be a sense of calm and patience in coming weeks.

But that does not seem to be the case.

He is NOT Harry Potter! He does not own a magic wand!

He has had to dig deep into the Reserve team to come up with enough bodies to fill the substitutes bench in his two matches in the job ... due to suspensions, players over in Africa (of all places) and the odd first team player on a curfew in a hospital!

Then he has had the added pressue of having two weeks to sign new players, and so far none want to come.

And then he hears Dennis Wise is joining the backroom squad ... and perhaps it would have been decent to at least ask the manager if he wanted him!

There are indeed bizarre scenes at St James' these days, and none of it seems to be of any benefit to the players, who must wonder what the hell is going on.

For those who have e-mailed me doubting the Messiah - and perhaps were not supporting Newcastle when he was here last time - let me put you in the picture.

He arrived in February 1992 after we had been drubbed 5-2 by relegation certs Oxford United. And after that initial burst of adrenalin with a 3-0 win over Bristol City, we were back to losing ways.

He still had a side that were doomed for the (old) Third Division, and you don't turn a team like that into promotion candidates overnight.

For the record books, until David Kelly scored (arguably) the most important goal in Newcastle history to beat Portsmouth 1-0 in our last home game of the season, we had lost FIVE on the trot!

Wolves started the rot with a 6-2 thrashing, then came defeats to Tranmere Rovers (3-2), Ipswich Town (3-2), Millwall (1-0) and Derby County (4-1).

Keegan IS the right man for the RIGHT job. But he needs time and patience, and thev backing of everyone ... players, supporters and an owner who should respect the man he has put in charge!