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Last Updated: Monday, 12 May, 2003, 07:33 GMT 08:33 UK
Keegan eyes new beginning
A 34,957 crowd was there to bid farewell to Maine Road
City brought the curtain down on 80 years at Maine Road

Kevin Keegan looked to the future after the curtain came down on Manchester City's 80-year stay at Maine Road.

City finished their time at Maine Road with a 1-0 defeat against Southampton and Keegan must now venture into the transfer market as his side prepare to move to the City of Manchester Stadium.

But the manager has promised the club's long-suffering fans they would have something to shout about again.

Keegan will be without the retiring Peter Schmeichel and Marc-Vivien Foe - unless his club Lyon reduce the transfer fee they want for the midfielder.

In addition, Maine Road cult hero Shaun Goater is leaving City after falling further down the strikers' pecking order.

"It was a great day for the club, but a sad day for the fans because of the result and us leaving Maine Road," said Keegan.

"We have a lot to look forward to - providing we get some luck in the transfer market and find one or two bargains, because that is what we need.

"At the moment we have got to replace Schmeichel and Foe, which will not be easy, as well as Shaun Goater, although we have got a lot of forwards at the club.

"That is being realistic. I'm not going to start shouting from the rooftops that we are going to have a great season next season.

"We cannot get into that elite group and we are not ready for that yet."

But Keegan is hoping for success at the new stadium.

This club has got a losing mentality and we have got to put that right
Kevin Keegan

"The best thing about the club are the fans and it will be the same in the new stadium," he said.

"We finished ninth so we have done okay. I think we have under-performed, but if you ask the fans I think they would probably be quite pleased.

"We have lost eight games here - nine if you count the cup - and I have told the players it is not good enough for me or the supporters, who have been magnificent."

However Keegan believes that the club needs to change its attitude nest season.

"Maybe it is my job and the board's job to raise expectations. We have got to get away from 'We will lose today because we are Man City'. That hurts me more than anything.

"This club has got a losing mentality - it is us that causes that, players and management - and we have got to put that right."



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