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the mighty mind of Kevin Keegan

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  The wit and wisdom of KEVIN KEEGAN

Football's had some great philosophers, but has there been any more insightful and profound than England's very own Kevin?

"They're the second best team in the world, and there's no higher praise than that," - Kevin Keegan when asked to comment on Argentina's qualities last week.

"England have the best fans in the world and Scotland's fans are second-to-none."

"It's like a toaster, the ref's shirt pocket - every time there's a tackle, up pops a yellow card."

"I don't think there's anyone bigger or smaller than Maradona."

"England can end the millennium as it started - as the greatest football nation in the world."

"You can't do better than go away from home and get a draw."

"He's using his strength and that is his strength, his strength."

"Gary always weighed up his options, especially when he had no choice."


"The tide is very much in our court now."

"Chile have three options - they could win or they could lose."

"I came to Nantes two-years-ago and it's much the same today, except that it's totally different."

"I know what is around the corner - I just don't know where the corner is. But the onus is on us to perform and we must control the bandwagon."

"In some ways, cramp is worse than having a broken leg."

"The 33 or 34-year-olds will be 36 or 37 by the time the next World Cup comes around, if they're not careful."


"It's understandable that people are keeping one eye on the pot and another up the chimney."

"I'd love to be a mole on the wall in the Liverpool dressing room at half-time."

"One of his strengths is not heading."

"He can't speak Turkey, but you can tell he's delighted."

"That would have been a goal if it wasn't saved."

"...using his strength. And that is his strength, his strength."

"I'm not disappointed - just disappointed."

"Batistuta's very good at pulling off defenders."

"He scores most of his goals when he's got the ball."


And from a TV interview, Sept 2002:

Hall: "Do you think Wright-Phillips [sent off for tripping Gary Naysmith] did it deliberately?"

Keegan: "No way, there's no way. I tell you what, that lad is an absolute gem, no-one here has a bad word to say about him. If I could adopt just one lad from here, I tell you, it would be him."

Hall: "There's a rumour around the ground that the red card was actually for foul and abusive language..."

Keegan: "No way - I tell you, anyone who knows him, knows that wouldn't be the case. He doesn't even swear. He's got a big heart, Shaun, it's as big as, err, as big as him, which isn't very big, but it's bigger."

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