Former Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan has refused to rule himself out of a return to St James’ Park, and says he still loves the Tyneside club.
Kevin Keegan - still loves the Newcastle club
Of course Keegan is a very popular figure with Newcastle fans since the marauding days with Kevin in charge, over 10 years ago now, when Newcastle were called the entertainers and were simply a joy to watch, with their wonderful attacking football.
And his appointment would without doubt be a major coup for Mike Ashley. It would instantly lift the spirits of Newcastle’s fans, after Sam Allardyce’s unsuccessful time at the club, and Harry Redknapp’s rejection of the position.
The former England, Newcastle, Fulham and Manchester City manager is still however behind Blackburn chief Mark Hughes in the betting.
However, Kevin would be a lot higher in that betting if he came out and said he actually wanted the Newcastle position, but right now we’re not sure he wants to come back to the stress and grind of being a Premier League manager. And remember it’s a lot harder now than when he first took over Newcastle in 1992. And it’s very possible his time may have past, as Sir John Hall intimated yesterday.
When Kevin was asked whether he would consider the job if it was offered, he told Sky Sports News:
“I really don’t know, you’re asking a lot of questions I can’t really answer.“I’m not ruling myself out or in or anything.”
“It’s a club I love, that’s what I am prepared to say, everyone knows that, and it’s a club I’ve managed before.”
Well that certainly doesnâ€™t sound like somebody who doesnâ€™t want the job does it?Â One real advantage of appointing Kevin again is that now, or even in a year or two, Alan Shearer could join him as assistant manager. That could be for a year or two before Alan finally took over the reigns of the club, and would give us some longer term succession plan.Â It appears there are only a few managers Alan would work with – Kevin being one and Terry Venables another.