Kevin Keegan’s Little By Little Development Progress

Some said when a football club have new manager, it's obviously the new one will have to make some adjustments to what he inherited from the former manager.

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Keegan's overhaul of Sam Allardyce's backroom staff has seen another Big Sam's appointments leaving the club.

Following the departure of United's head of sports medicine Mark Taylor, The Gazette revealed that Mark Howard also had closing his Newcastle's diary book yesterday.

Keegan – who turns 57 today – has already cut out the staff he inherited from Allardyce on his return to Newcastle last month, but the club insider insists Keegan will remains committed to the performance analysis system brought in by Allardyce last summer.

King Kev will continue to working with ProZone for its detailed analysis that Allardyce use in his match preparations. However, the source told Keegan will not entirely using the ProZone statistics, because they have an over-reliance on some of their statistics.

Meanwhile, Keegan said he will give United's kids a chance – when he thinks the time is right. Keegan was there to watch Andy Carroll score Newcastle United's goal in the 1-1 draw match on Monday's reserve fixture against Manchester City at St James's Park.

Special K was also impressed by the club's next generation performance, especially Newcastle's reserve defensive trio David Edgar, Tamas Kadar and Ben Tozer.

“There have been some really good performances,” said Keegan “And at some stage, we'll be looking at the younger players (for the first team), but only when the time is right.”

“I first watched the reserves at North Shields a couple of weeks ago, and was impressed on a open pitch. On a tough night, they put in a performance against a side who were totally committed to beating them.”

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