Former Newcastle United boss Kevin Keegan believes club making top four is impossible

The Toon have struggled in recent years.

Newcastle United have not had the best of starts to the new season. The Magpies are currently struggling near the foot of the table after a poor start to the new campaign and following on from last season’s near relegation there is rightly some concern around the club.

One man who has been fairly pessimistic about the club today is former Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan.

The 64-year-old had two stints in charge of Newcastle, including one which saw him lead Newcastle to their highest ever league position of second. But he now feels that returning to those sort of heights is beyond the club. Speaking to beIN Sports, and related by the Newcastle Chronicle, he stated:

“They were great times.

“But to be fair to all the people that have gone into Newcastle afterwards that was the easy part.

“Now to get into the top four, which is what the expectation is because they’ve been there before, is almost impossible for clubs like Newcastle, Sunderland, Swansea, Tottenham and almost Liverpool.

“They are finding it hard to get back into that Champions League comfort zone.”

At the moment, that certainly looks the case. The likes of Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United generally have a firm grip on the top four spaces – with one team like Tottenham, Liverpool or Everton occasionally sneaking in.

However, Newcastle at the moment do not look like joining them. They flirted with relegation last term and have started the new campaign with a stutter.

It will certainly be a long time before The Toon Army is on the road in the Champions League again, as King Kev decrees.

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