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Last Updated: Sunday, 20 January 2008, 11:55 GMT
Newcastle 'want top six finish'
Kevin Keegan
Keegan has taken Cox with him to St James' Park
Newcastle can challenge for a top six place this season according to Arthur Cox, who is returning to St James' Park to be reunited with boss Kevin Keegan.

Cox managed the Magpies between 1980 and 1984 and was assistant boss during Keegan's first spell in charge, and he is determined to help revive the club.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live: "We want Newcastle in the top six, and pushing the top four, in the next two seasons.

"Kevin will be looking for a Uefa Cup place this season, if at all possible."

The top four finishers in the Premier League qualify for the Champions League with the fifth and sixth placed entering the Uefa Cup.

But success for one of the top four in the FA Cup means the seventh placed finisher grabs a Uefa Cup place.


Cox, 68, admitted he did not expect Keegan to return to football management from his self-imposed exile which followed his resignation as Manchester City boss in March 2005.

"I am surprised Kevin has returned to football," said Cox. "But Newcastle is the only place he would have come back to.

"Kevin feels he wants to give back to the public what they gave to him when he was a player and what they gave him in his first spell as Newcastle manager.

"I am really looking forward to going back to Newcastle with Kevin. And I will do all I can to help him be successful."

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