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BBC Sport's Nigel Adderley
"Keegan's track record in the Nationwide League is impressive"
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BBC News' James Pearce
"At club level, he's still fondly remembered"
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Kevin Keegan's biographer Bob Harris
"They'll play entertaining and attractive football"
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Editor of fanzine King of the Kippax Dave Wallace
"I have got mixed feelings myself"
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England coach Sven Goran Eriksson
"I think Kevin Keegan should be in football"
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New Man City boss Kevin Keegan - BBC Sport
New Man City boss Kevin Keegan: "It's a fantastic opportunity."
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Thursday, 24 May, 2001, 20:52 GMT 21:52 UK
Keegan relishing Man City role
Kevin Keegan
Keegan has agreed a five-year deal
Kevin Keegan is keen to revive Manchester City's flagging fortunes after succeeding Joe Royle in the Maine Road hot-seat.

The former England coach was installed as boss of the relegated Premiership club just three days after Royle was sacked.


My strength is building a club and a successful outfit that people want to be a part of
  Kevin Keegan

"This is truly a sleeping giant and it is my job to turn it around," said Keegan.

"It is a very similar situation as at Newcastle in terms of the fan base and the fact that it has under-achieved over the years.

"What I don't know about Manchester City I will know in three to four weeks.

"My strength is building a club and a successful outfit that people want to be a part of. I have proved that at Newcastle and Fulham."

Keegan, 50, brought his England managerial career to an end in October following a defeat by Germany at Wembley.

He said he enjoyed being the national team coach but that his skills were best suited to club management.

"The six months out have done me good," he said. "When you are involved everyday you can lose focus but I have got a nice clear picture."


I know one thing and that is that in the future we will be doing everything we can to ensure success
  Kevin Keegan

Keegan has signed a five-year deal and he shrugged off the fact that City have become synonymous with regular managerial changes.

"When you are a kid your mum says don't go near the Maine Road," he joked. "But anyone in their right mind would want to manage here."

Asked about the speculated "drink culture" at the club, he replied: "I don't care what happened before.

"I know one thing and that is that in the future we will be doing everything we can to ensure success."

He added: "You always have a point to prove. I demand a lot of myself.

"Every time you go somewhere what you have achieved means nothing. That doesn't worry me. It is not an exact science."

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