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Newcastle boss Keegan regrets not being able to make own signings

Kevin Keegan has revealed his biggest regret since returning to St James's Park - not being able to bring in his own signings.

The Newcastle United boss is having do with the squad he inherited from Sam Allardyce even though there was still just over a fortnight left of the transfer window when he came back on January 16.

When the Evening Chronicle asked Keegan what was the big difference between now and the time he took over as manager in February 1992, the United boss did not need any time to think.

For he quickly replied: "The biggest change from that situation to this was that I could buy players then.

"If I thought there was a problem somewhere, I could do something and improve the squad.

"This time, we have got what we've got, and it's slightly different in that respect.

"I brought in Brian Kilcline to lift the dressing room, because I felt we needed a character like that. He wasn't my greatest signing, but he was probably one of my most important. On the pitch, sometimes he cost us games, but around the club he built it up.

"He knew it wasn't a long-term signing when he came, but he was a vital piece of the jigsaw to start us off - it was like finding an edge piece."

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