Newcastle United: Still Making Changes

Eddy ShearyadiCorrespondent IJanuary 31, 2008

Is Newcastle United in the wrong side of Premier League table?

Maybe, maybe NOT—we have finished in the bottom half of the table in six of the 10 years since Kevin Keegan's departure in 1996.

And when the situation, as some media journalists said, is in total 'madness,' Keegan made the decision and accepted the invitation to get back and manage Newcastle.

His second spell at United electrified the whole Geordie's Nation and the hopes are rising again.

Keegan's 'Old Pal,' Sir Alex Ferguson, quickly questioned the wisdom of his decision. He believes that King Kev will have to break the old mold to achieve significant success and to do his 'unfinished business' at St. James’ Park for the second time.

And then Arsenal came to Newcastle for two successive games under Keegan. If your sanity-awareness mode is on, you will not expecting the Messiah to wave his magic wand to beat the London side immediately, just weeks after his return.

The other disappointing result came in Newcastle's effort to strengthen the first-team squad during January's transfer window. But I think we still have a chance to keep developing and rebuilding the future of Newcastle United.

Let's think positively. We have been taking good steps in the policy to secure the long-term vision of the club, rather than merely looking for any quick succession.

We will not see the likes of Wesley Ngo Baheng, Tamas Kadar, Ben Tozer and Fabio Zamblera in the first-team squad this season, but at least we've secured some new young talent with exciting prospects, all 18 or under. We also have seen the United Academy-graduated Kazenga Lualua and Andy Carroll in a couple of Toon occasions recently.

With the Habib Beye and Abdoulaye Faye returning home soon, we have the squad that is not bold enough to win the Premier League title, but good enough to keep us in Premierships this season. Sunday's meeting with Middlesbrough will be the game where Keegan's work is actually started.

“The club has very few development players between the ages of 17 and 20, and then below that, to bring through more and better players for the Academy. That all comes with time, the right structure and the right amount of knowledge to get those players," said Newcastle chairman Chris Mort.

“That’s an area we have looked to improve. We want to make this a club where youngsters want to play and where parents also want their sons to come and play.”

So keep the faith and support the team developments. We are in need of any stability both inside and outside the club. As supporters, we have to start rebuilding our own state of mind and let the people inside St. James' Park do their work.

And yes, we certainly have the right to criticize, but let's do it in good manners and for the benefits of the future and not for a short time success.