We should know very shortly who Kevin Keegan will bring in to be part of his coaching staff at Newcastle, and it looks like Chris Coleman is the early favorite for the position of head coach.
Chris Coleman – left Real Sociedad yesterday – good timing?
Recent reports on Sky Sports suggest that the 3 coaches Kevin Keegan could being to Newcastle are Chris Coleman as head coach, Arthur Cox and Lee Clark, who has just left the club for Norwich City, acting as an assistant manager for Glenn Roeder. Terry McDermott, who worked with Kevin in his first spell at the club is still at Newcastle, having been brought back by Graeme Souness in 2004, and Terry will stay at Newcastle United.
Lee Clark played for Kevin at Newcastle United and Fulham and of course is a local lad with future management ambitions and Arthur Cox is a former manager of Newcastle in the 1980s. Whether Lee Calrk would accept a job under Kevin and come back so soon to the club is unknown, but he may find it too much to turn down.
The major coach being linked with Kevin is Chris Coleman, who was recently managing Real Sociedad in the Spanish League. The former Fulham boss Coleman resigned from his post as Real Sociedad manager yesterday as it turns out, and that has fueled rumors that Chris could team up with his former manager Kevin Keegan. Coleman said he wouldnâ€™t claim payment for the remaining 30 months of his contract with Real Sociedad. Coleman said yesterday:
â€œThe club neednâ€™t worry about this. Money wasnâ€™t why we signed for Real.”
“If that was true, we could have earned more in England,â€
Real Sociedad are currently fifth in the second division, two places outside a promotion place and were relegated at the end of last season, after 40 years in the first division.
As far as the rest of Kevin’s coaching staff is concerned Alan Shearer, Rob Lee and Peter Beardsley are already being mentioned. If Chris Coleman is appointed, we donâ€™t think Alan will be part of Kevin’s coaching staff, but we should know the answer to that within 24 hours.
Newcastle United will hold their press conference tomorrow afternoon at 2pm local time, to introduce Kevin Keegan as their manager. The press conference will be beamed live on TV around the world, we understand.