The Daily Mail is reporting that Newcastle United may offer Kevin Keegan the Newcastle manager position, after Harry Redknapp turned the job down yesterday.
Kevin Keegan – will Ashley approach him for Newcastle job?
It has been revealed by a Newcastle source close to the negotiations with Harry, that a major reason he turned the job down was his unwillingness to live in the Newcastle area. Ashley and Mort required that Harry live in Newcastle, despite news reports to the contrary.
The Daily Mail is now reporting Ashley is keen to bring Kevin Keegan back to Newcastle. Kevin himself has not ruled out a return to management as he said recently:
“I am 56 but you never say never in anything. If it doesn’t happen in the next two or three years I’ll be 60 and then it might be too late to return.”
We’re not entirely convinced Kevin really wants to come back to Newcastle. And the Daily Mail is suggesting the club may even try to partner Keegan with Alan Shearer as his assistant manager. This would apparently be a bid to erase the damage done to Mike Ashley’s reputation with Newcastle fans, these last few days.
Alan Shearer – will Ashley offer the job to Alan – and take a chance?
But we think this may all be pie in the sky in a bid to sell Sunday newspapers by the Mail. Bobby Robson has often said he cannot see Alan Shearer being number 2 to anybody at Newcastle United, and he could well be right.
Getting Keegan is one thing and getting Alan is a completely different proposition, and we don’t think the two can necessarily be tied together.
Keegan turns 57 next month, has been out of football since resigning as a not so successful Manchester City manager in March, 2005. At that time he seemed to be fed up with football, but a chance to come back and revive Newcastle United may appeal to him.
Alan Shearer we think will need to be offered the job of manager outright, and Newcastle would need to take a chance on him, just like they did with Kevin back in 1992.
After all, Beyern Munich, a much more successful club than Newcastle United, will shortly appoint Jurgen Klinsmann as their manager, and he has no previous club management experience.
So it could be either Kevin or Alan, but not both – and Alan would be the riskier proposition.
What do you think – please let us know – comments welcome.