Ashley’s Comments Support Keegan As New Manager


Our report late last night said the Daily Mail was suggesting owner Mike Ashley will try to bring Kevin Keegan back to manage Newcastle United. Mike’s statements today certainly seem to confirm that Keegan type attacking football is what he wants at the club again.

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Kevin Keegan as England Manager – a second coming in the works?

Mike has vowed to get more involved at the boardroom level, and wants to see bold attacking football that wins games from Newcastle. Sound familiar?

Mike Ashley has today talked more about Newcastle United than ever before, and says he will definitely change the direction of the club plus the way they play, once the new manager is appointed.

His statements seem to back up the story in the Daily Mail about Kevin Keegan being enticed back to the club. Hey, for say the next 3 years or so, that would not be too bad a move for Mike to make. Not too bad at all. Mike could get back all the respect of the Newcastle fans in one single swift move to install Kevin as the next Newcastle United manager. That would be a clear statement of what Mike wants at Newcastle.

We think it would be hard for Kevin to turn down an offer similar to that which was made to Harry Redknapp. But things will need to move fast so Kevin can assess the playing staff, and see who is available to bring into the team in January – if indeed this is to happen.

But once the Newcastle fans get a taste of a second Keegan era, the second coming, Kevin may find it all too irresistible.

We hope so,

Comments welcome.


50 comments so far

  • adam

    Jan 13, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #1

    keegan didnt have money at fulham or man city. MAYBE he could do it again for us. at least i hope he can

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  • James

    Jan 13, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #2

    I put a tenner on Keegan the day Sam was sacked. But still believe it would be hard for him to come back.

    One thing is for sure, when that Manager finally lands a trophy during the next 3 years, we’d all love that person to be Keegan.

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  • sdn

    Jan 13, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #3

    This would make me happy… The only British manager I would want to manage the toon barring SAF…

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  • Moy

    Jan 13, 2008 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #4

    He was saying he wants Newcastle to play like the Keegan.

    It’s quite an inference to think he wants Newcastle to play under Keegan again….

    Keegan seems to be the only decent guy left who is very much within reach…Though I hope someone even bigger than that comes. Someone who has achievements to his CV.

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  • GlennOZ

    Jan 13, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #5

    KEEGAN WOULD BE FANTASTIC!
    BUT SO WOULD MOURINHO!!
    SO WOULD HITZFELD!!!!

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  • awc88

    Jan 13, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #6

    yeh keegan defnitly have him back, wud love to see him back and it wud jusr create such a massive buzz of excitment sround newcastle again

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  • scotty

    Jan 13, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #7

    MA has to get his first appointment right imo. I don’t know if Keegan or shearer would be able to attract the top European players someone like Morinho or hitzfeld could easily do.

    I am really confused as to why we would want to sign Redknapp!!! Is he not just another average manager from a small club and small fan base with very little media attention?

    Just look at the poll on this site and it’s obvious that Jose would be just the tonic.

    He has the bottle to stand up to the media and they love him for it – this man has bucket loads of respect and he walked away from Chewsee whilst they were still riding high – not while they were in a downwards spiral – unlike most managers who are being linked i.e Martin Jol.

    Please MA pick the right guy for the job as us geordies are hurting like hell after the 6 – 0 drubbing last night – and things are set to look worse if we progress in the cup to face the Gooners away TWICE!!! So please get it right for all our sakes……

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  • lewdavies

    Jan 13, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #8

    Yeah, I can see the 20,000 strong crowd now, standing outside the Gallowgate end chanting “KEAGAN … KEAGAN”….as he his paraded before them next week. Oh god the press are going to love it, just love it.

    Me? well I dont know if he is the answer or not, but he can’t possibly be any worse than redcap.
    so glad that fell through.

    Ottmar Hitzfeld would be my choice, but if its Keagan and/or Shearer, then I guess I’ll still be one of the 20,000 outside the Gallowgate.

    I just cant help myself, I love the Toon and hope and pray for better times again.

    “NEWCASTLE …NEWCASTLE…NEWCASTLE”

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  • James

    Jan 13, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #9

    Paul Kemsley (Ashley’s mate) said he gave Ashley the results of the Manager’s poll on here yesterday. So Mike knows who we want and who we don’t want.

    He’ll sort it out.

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  • scotty

    Jan 13, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #10

    James – i really hope you are right!!!

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  • Graeme

    Jan 13, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #11

    This just gets more and more rediculous.

    Keegan is a failure. He bottled the job when he was 12 points clear and Ferrgy phsyched him out of the title. He lost the plot, big time.

    He just walked out on England when the going got tough and conceded that he wasnt up to the task.

    Keegan is no more fit to manage NUFC than Mike Ashley is to run it. Two clueless muppets in charge would be an even bigger disaster than it is now.

    Our only salvation is to employ a manager who actually knows how a football club works and unfortunately that also rules out Jose, who is purely a manager.

    We need a Lippi, a Hitfeldt, even Van Gaal. Someone actually has to be in charge of the assylum and MA has demonstrated beyond doubt thats he isnt.

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  • Chris

    Jan 13, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #12

    Why on earth would we want Keegan back? He’s been out of it for too long – and big Al doesn’t have the necessary experience – AND they’d never agree so if a Keegan/Shearer package is what is being lined up, I think that would be a huge mistake.

    We should never have got rid of Sam, he wasn’t given a fair crack and lets be honest, we are currently mid-table and had a pretty good start to the season – we’re not exactly propping the table up, are we?

    We need someone who understand the culture and the fans expectations, someone who can get rid of some of our less talented (or less desirable) players (God knows we have enough of them) and build a squad to rival the big four – this means that Ashley needs to put his money where his gob is – you play, you pay – if he didn’t want to take the club to the very top and take the inevitable financial hit, he should have gone elsewhere.

    However, we need players who can show some passion for the club on the field, this hasn’t really been evident lateley on the part of some, particulalry where time and again, the back four are left exposed by a mediocre midfield unwilling to track back.

    I lay the blame for our current state at Ashley’s door – you wanted to be the big hitter matey – well now’s your chance – just get it sorted !!

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  • Paul

    Jan 13, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #13

    Please no, we cant go back to the Keegan days its been and gone. Yes it was exciting but would that happen again? and his record after Newcastle is very suspect apart from a promotion with Fulham. We have to move on now as a club and if we can offer 5 million a year to a very average Portsmouth manager lets break the bank and get a top class foriegn coach if they can be persauded to come. This is a very important appointment for the new board and we are all waiting

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  • scotty

    Jan 13, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #14

    Graeme – he can only be judged after his own appointments. Albeit, SA should have been given the golden handshake before his reign even started – something that MA regrets. He needs to be given a chance – we should just be grateful that this club didn’t end up in admin – and i for one take my hat off to him for that…..

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  • Graeme

    Jan 13, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #15

    This just gets more and more ridiculous.

    Keegan is a failure. He won nothing. He was 12 points clear and Fergie psyched him out of it and he bottled it.

    He ended up as England manager and when the going got tough, he walked. He admitted he was unable to cope with the pressure and the expectations – he would last 6 weeks at SJP before having a nervous breakdown.

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  • daiv

    Jan 13, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #16

    Keegan would not be a bad choice. Nobody else (apart from Shearer) would take it. Its all very well talking about sacking Sam at the drop of a hat in january but who replaces him? fans mention all the top names but nobody will touch the job with a bargepole. We do it time and again and expect a big name to come running but it never happens. What top manager would want to work for a club which dismisses its manager after 6 months. You cant win anything in six months. What top manager wants to be at home and be abused by 50K supporters. This club is in open revolt and is self imploding. Its another season of transition and unless we are very careful it could be in the Championship. We could easily have conceded 10 in the second half yesterday. 4 were kicked off the line. It was the most crushing half I have ever seen in the Premiership. It would serve Ashley right if we got relegated. He was too smug to even bother to speak to Rednapp. Whats he doing in the Far East anyway on business at a time of crisis. I bet hes not recruiting a Chinese manager!!

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  • lewdavies

    Jan 13, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #17

    Graeme – WTF ???????

    If MA hadn’t bought the club then we would probably have gone bankrupt by now. He has never said he knows how to run the club, but little by little he is putting things right. so get off his back.
    Yes he will be judged by his next manager/coach appointment, but please give him chance.

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  • billy

    Jan 13, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #18

    graeme you sound like a right know all prick fergie did not phsych him out of title you listen to the press too much. lets see what ashley does before you get on your high horse you whinging piss.

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  • graham

    Jan 13, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #19

    scotty – keegan has won a damn site more than most people in his career as well as being voted European player of the year twice. I’m sure he’ll be able to attract some decent players don’t you worry. After all he brought in the likes of ginola and asprilla. And don’t tell me shearer wasnt a little bit attracted by keegan as well!

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  • Number 9

    Jan 13, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #20

    http://www.paddypower.com/bet?action=go_type&category=SOCCER&disp_cat_id=&ev_class_id=115&ev_type_id=7483&ev_oc_grp_ids=56775&bir_index=&cid=13&AFF_ID=92733

    Some big changes in the betting, Sparky dropping off and Big Al and Keegan getting tighter. Do they know something or is it the rags today. Hmmmmm

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  • lewdavies

    Jan 13, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #21

    Nice one Billy 🙂

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  • antz

    Jan 13, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #22

    IF keegan and shearer were to make up the pairing i believe it would be best as a director of football / manager relationship, respectively, shearer being his own man, appointing his own assistant, responsible for training, tactitcs, team selection and formation and also identifying players and how he wants things set up, keegan therefore as the footballing man we currently dont have at the club (which we have never had at the club if you look back) pursuing said targets and dealing in giving shearer the things he requires enabling shearer to concentrate on the team stuff and keegan upstairs in the office administering thing. if you look this is how it works in europe, a sort of general manager and coach. no interference from KK

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  • AdamCF

    Jan 13, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #23

    I’m just worried about the one year mentality that Keegs went with. No reserves.. no youngsters to bring through the youth system. It was all about winning the league to get to the next stage. The Premier League is a little different to that. Maybe a wiser Keegan with Shears there also may mean a look to the future and some stability.

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  • antz

    Jan 13, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #24

    but my choice is still favoured between mourinho or hitzfeld, a no no for houllier

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  • scotty

    Jan 13, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #25

    Graeme – football as we know it in England has moved on a hell of a lot since the Keegan era in terms of salary, ambition and the amount of overseas players there is now. Keegan will never replicate what he achieved back in the good old days.

    Just because your football career is successful – it doesn’t mean you will be able to attract all the big names and be successful.

    And this is to a previous question: Keegan left because the PLC tried to tell him who he was to buy and sell and when.

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  • valle

    Jan 13, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #26

    Keegan didnt have money at Man City?… U gotta be joking, signing Analka 😉 for 13 mil was just one of many.

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  • graham

    Jan 13, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #27

    Adam- keegan is a lot older and wiser (hopefully) these days and I don’t think that Ashley would allow that to happen.

    Looking back though, what knowledge of football did john hall have? He’d just built the mettocentre. so were in a very similar situation but with potentially a lot more cash at our disposal

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  • sparetheman

    Jan 13, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #28

    Newcastle fans are too sentimental. I don’t think a second coming of Keegan would be good for the club.

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  • Graeme

    Jan 13, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #29

    Billy, I was there, I watched it happen. Keegan bottled it. He walked out on England and stated he couldnt cope with it.

    I agree, MA has been in charge for only 8 months and needs to be given time. He has had to make his first tough decision since he took over and has made a total balls of it.

    It has to get better because at the moment, it couldnt be much worse.

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  • valle

    Jan 13, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #30

    Keegan was weak, deal with it… Feargie DID phsych him and he always left any job he had when things got tough… I still prefer him to allot of other names mentioned, and as it is i would take just about half the guys on the bets at this time, cause we’re in a mess… Keegan was great for us in his first spell but dont try to make him better than he was.

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  • Number 9

    Jan 13, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #31

    Scotty, yep money has gone silly, but a good player is still a good player and thats what Keegan bought. Didn’t he buy a new number 9 for quite a few quid and he did rather well didn’t he. So I would back him and shearer to bring footballers to the club and not the money grabbers that we have bought over the last few years that have been here just to build up their pension funds. And we all know who they are or were.

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  • MattyB

    Jan 13, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #32

    The Keegan days are long gone! That style of football wont be seen in the prem again! There is more emphasis on tactics, formations, set plays etc etc and if we are honest keegan is not cut out for it. He used to sign defenders on the strength of how many goals they would chip in with! joking aside we need a top quality manager such as van gaal or lippi or someone with that quality. JM would neva come to NUFC and I do think we wuld struggle for a top top manager but we need to at least try all they can say is no. im on edge at the min cant wait to find out who we get, you think they might still have someone lined up for tomorrow? lets hope so!

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  • Graeme

    Jan 13, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #33

    Scotty, I agree completely. Keegan has had his day and I dont believe he could cope with the demands of NUFC today.

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  • Dragoner

    Jan 13, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #34

    forget keegan, move on, it was in the past, lets get a PROPER manager now, no more risks

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  • Number 9

    Jan 13, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #35

    Do we think we are an attractive proposition to one of Europe’s big guns or should we be a little more realistic in who we could attract.
    If the big guns won’t come and I don’t think they would, I think the short list would be.
    Jol, KK,AS, then who else Steve Bruce !

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  • scotty

    Jan 13, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #36

    number 9 – Jol will buckle under the media pressure…..

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  • billy

    Jan 13, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #37

    we lost the title race because man u went on an amazing run. we battered them and lost 1 0 to cantona goal .that had nothing to do with keegan being weak or fergie getting into his head.

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  • Number 9

    Jan 13, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #38

    http://www.skybet.com/skybet?action=GoEvType&id=10002896
    I do think these guys at the big betting sites get the vibes first. Do you reckon MA is putting a few quid on AS and KK

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  • UTD111

    Jan 13, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #39

    Doubts about King Kev coming back – he walked away from us, Man City and England when it all became too much.
    However – if he had a strong personality like Sir Alan alongside him the pressure might not get to him so much. Also – last time King Kev had no managerial experience whatsoever – this time he would bring lots.
    To round it all off I’d like to see a role for Peter Beardsley – especially if the team is going to have to learn how to attack again!!

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  • antz

    Jan 13, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #40

    erm billy, we drew at forest and blackburn, and got beat at liverpool, in those final games, then drew with spurs on final day of the season, that is what lost us the title, had we won the liverpool game or won 2 of those draws we would have won the league and no matter how many games man u won they wudnt have caught us, WE lost the league by being inexperienced in terms of management and players

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