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Keegan eyes summer break

02 May 2008 - 08:39:38

Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan has admitted he is ready for the summer break following a torrid start to his second spell on Tyneside.

Keegan returned to St James' Park in January after replacing Sam Allardyce but was immediately thrust into a relegation dogfight after failing to win any of his first nine games.

The former England manager has since steadied the ship and the Magpies are currently in the midst of a seven-game unbeaten run.

But speaking in the build-up to Monday's visit of Chelsea to the north-east, Keegan has revealed his first four months back at the helm have been hectic.

The Magpies are currently 12th in the Premier League table, but could secure a top-half finish with victories in their two remaining games.

"I was thrown in a little bit at the deep end when I took the job, so I am ready for a break, to be honest with you," he admitted.

"But had the last six or seven games been at the start of the season, we would have been up at the top of the Premier League and looking forward to trying to stay there."


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