Kevin Keegan believes this is what McClaren didn't realise about Newcastle's squad

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Kevin Keegan believes Newcastle's squad simply isn't good enough.

Newcastle United legend Kevin Keegan has given his verdict on the Magpies after their poor start to the season, as quoted by the Daily Mirror.

Keegan hit 49 goals in 85 games for Newcastle as a player, before returning to the club as manager in two different spells.

His first, a five-year stint in charge, almost saw him guide Newcastle to the Premier League title before his exit in 1997, and he came back to the club for eight months in 2008, having handed in his resignation.

Keegan never returned to management after that, but it's clear that he is keeping up with Newcastle's fortunes having had such a long affiliation with the club.

The Magpies have had a dismal start to the season, winning just two games under Steve McClaren as they once again look set for a fight against relegation.

Keegan has now had his say on matters, and believes that players are too overawed to be playing at St. James' Park, with the likes of Alan Shearer and David Ginola better equipped to handle the expectation back in his day than the current crop.

Keegan, as quoted by the Daily Mirror, also stated that he thinks manager McClaren didn't realise how poor the Newcastle squad is, stating that Newcastle are currently 'going nowhere'.

"This club’s going nowhere at the moment and that’s very sad," said Keegan. "I don’t think he (McClaren) realised how poor the squad was when he took over. Those players remind me of when I took over all those years ago when they were in the second division. The players’ biggest problem was the club was too big for them."

"That’s a massive stadium to come out in. For some people, it makes you grow — for the right players, the Shearers, Ginolas, people like that, that I had they just grew in it, but these players are shrinking in it," he added.

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