Keegan Keeps The Home Fires Burning!

Last updated : 05 August 2008 By Footy Mad - Editor
Keegan: "At this time of year, everyone has expectations. We're no different. We have a lot of quality players, a lot of international players and have added a good young player in (Danny) Guthrie, a very good international in Spiderman (Jonás Gutiérrez) and hopefully one or two more. If we do that we should be optimistic and the fans should be as well.

"It's my first summer back and it's very exciting. I'm really looking forward to the coming season. It's everything I expected it to be. This is a good set of players to work with and they've got a great work ethic.

"There's still a way to go before it (the new season) kicks off, still some games to play and some things to learn, both from the players already here, the new ones and the ones still to come with a bit of luck, but there's a real sense of anticipation within the camp.

"People will look at the situation and make their own minds up. Our job is to try to fulfil all the promise we've got in the squad.

"We don't know and neither do the other teams what lies ahead for us in terms of injuries, suspensions and luck. All those things play a part. But I'm really looking forward to the start of the season.

"But there is still some work to do. That has been proved in our pre-season games. We look fit, but we don't look fluid yet with our football. Maybe we're 75% right, but our final balls haven't been right.

"We're trying to get our touch, our feel, to work out the new players. What is Guthrie like, what is Spiderman like? That will get better.

"It's a very tough league, the Premiership. But at this stage there's no reason why we can't have our dreams. We might do better than a lot of people think.

"We might not do as well as we think we can. That's the fascination of a season. With everyone fit we already have a very strong squad. We've got two new players and possibly a third (Coloccini).

"Take Spurs out of it and not many teams have got three players in. Look at Villa, Everton - some clubs are still to do their business."