Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Players Will Buy into KK's Dream; SUPER MAC SHOOTING FROM THE LIP

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Players Will Buy into KK's Dream; SUPER MAC SHOOTING FROM THE LIP

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MY OLD England strike partner has certainly got the place jumping, hasn't he?

The return of Kevin Keegan has lifted spirits and hopes to an extreme level. "United are on the march again" is the belief of Tyneside.

Well, I hope it turns out the way everyone is banking on it because United desperately need to make up a lot of lost ground.

Where I feel Keegan will deliver is in the transfer market. He and Mike Ashley can be a potent combination. Ashley can provide the cash in the way it was the first time Kevin managed here, and he has such powers of persuasion that players who originally would never come this far north will now make that trip. Buying into the Keegan dream.

Kevin certainly needs to overhaul what is a squad of players from the old school. Football now is about athletes - just look at Arsenal - and Newcastle haven't many of those.

That's what I mean about old school. The big example of the modern-day footballer is Charles N'Zogbia. Great pace and a huge willingness to run at opponents and commit them. That's dangerous. Keegan will like his style.

What will also happen now that Keegan's here is that the power of St James's Park will return.

When I played there I was swept along by the terraces. I was made to feel like a superman. Sam Allardyce never experienced that in his short time because the teams he put out and the tactics negated the feel-good factor. KK will bring it back.

It'll be some atmosphere at teatime today when Bolton Wanderers arrive with United's new boss in the home dug-out for the first time.

But then Stoke City felt the full force of it on Wednesday and it blasted them out of the FA Cup.

All it needed was Keegan in the stand and the players, United's coaches on the bench, and the fans were rocking. Even with 10 men after Emre was sent off so early Newcastle couldn't be stopped. …

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