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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Sexy football is back at SJP!

History has truly come full circle for TDH. Yes, loyal readers, as you have no doubt read on the margin of this page, it was back in the Keggie Keegle era that TDH first became devoted to the joys and frustrations of Toonness. And here we are again, albeit without Uncle Alan in tow. But maybe Ashley and Mr Smithers (thanks for that, Palms!) will convince him yet....

Okay, so TDH was hoping for a dream appointment like Hiddink, Hitzfeld or someone else whose name began with Hi. And this signing definitely puts paid to the idea that Ashley wanted "his man" - Keegle belongs to no one. But he's also a heck of a lot better than some of the other options out there, and the soft-spoken striker may still have the SJP magic. TDH has hope, at least until the end of this season. After that, all bets are still definitively off.


Anonymous Palms said...

Oh it's complete lunacy of course. I can only see this ending badly. I can't help but get a wee bit excited in spite of myself(especially after reading True Faith's article on his return). I'm confident the standard of football will improve. But as much as we're all harking back to the mid-nineties, I can't help but remember his England side, which was the most lightweight England team I'd seen before McClaren came around. Not to mention that Keegan bought John Macken and a fat Robbie Fowler. Still, the romantic inside me (and I think every football fan) wants this to work. i don't think it will though.

5:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah haway now Palms.. I can see why you don't want to get carried away with the hype- there are sure as hell a lot of rational arguments about how the Third Coming can't work.. but you know what, the same doom and gloom merchants said that it couldn't work back in ninety-two, and look what happened then. I say, let's all climb back aboard this bleedin rollercoaster and make sure we enjoy ourselves, come what may and never mind what anyone else thinks, cos the only people whose opinions matter are ours. Above all, let's make the most of having a man at the helm who understands us as much as we understand him. It may never happen again.

12:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh and by the way TDH, I feel duty-bound to remind you that the term 'Sexy Football' was coined by later manager Ruud Gullit... who I think we can all agree we don't need back at the helm any time soon

12:09 AM  
Blogger The American Geordie said...

Sure, sure, say what you want about sexy football - Ruud knew that was what the people wanted from Keegle and everyone else, even if he said it in 90s-ese.

Anyway, looks like it will be a little while in arriving.

Pro: No Smith in center midfield
Con: No one else in center midfield

I know we have injuries and African Nations Cup absentees, but how could we expect to win with a 5-3-2? And the return of Amoeba... ugh, can we stop giving him the benefit of the doubt? He ought to play as a target/flick man for Owen, but he doesn't know how. Didn't he learn anything from Uncle Alan?

1:02 AM  
Anonymous Palms said...

i was there for Keegan's second coming. We were really heading for oblivion, and I remember many sleepless nights after reading about the lastest development on our 6 million pound debt. i was at the Bristol City game and it was a whole different attitude. Fans were just so lifted. I really had no idea who Keegan was but i knew he would fix things. newcastle suddenly started beating good sides and showing some fight. Perversly, I hated him for selling Gavin peacock.
i'd love it to happen again, but I think the task is probably much more difficult this time. Still, I think this appointment has reignited by enthusiasm for the team. i certainly don't have that constant depressed feeling I had under sam. i'm a million per cent behind keegan. I think his reappointment has shown why we're so different to other clubs.

1:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here, here. Let's keep the faith, I'm sure the first goal of the Third Keegan Era will arrive in due course, swiftly followed by a stately march to pan-European glory. Or maybe we'll just finish twelfth, one or the other.

By the way if I could take the liberty of pointing yous in the direction of my site where I have just posted one of my rare NUFC related stories. It's me geting all nostalgic really, remembering where I was at various key points of the club's last thirty years. There is mention of caravan sites in Whitley Bay and Backstreet bars in Northern Spain.

12:02 AM  

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