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Football: Keegan will need time admits realistic Shay.

NEWCASTLE goalkeeper Shay Given has warned that manager Kevin Keegan cannot wave a magic wand to cure all the club's ills.

The 56-year-old is yet to taste victory since his return to St James' Park with Tuesday night's 3-0 Premier League defeat at Arsenal - the Magpies' second loss by that score at the Emirates Stadium inside four days - following a disappointing 0-0 home draw with Bolton in his first game in charge.

Given, 31, was as excited as anyone by Keegan's shock return to the club.

However, he is realistic enough to know that the transformation will take time.

He said, "Everybody has got carried away. There's a lot of work to be done and Kevin has not got a magic wand.

"It is not going to happen overnight. It would be nice to get a few players in as well, but right now it looks like we are not going to get any in before the transfer window closes.

"The gaffer has said he does not want to bring players in for the short-term for a quick fix, so if people don't arrive in the next day or so, we will have to make do with what we have until the summer time and get some players in then."

Keegan's bid to sign Middlesbrough's Jonathan Woodgate was all but doomed from the off with his move to Tottenham virtually sealed by the time the Magpies registered their interest, while the club's bid for Derby midfielder Giles Barnes was rejected.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 31, 2008
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