It is bring reported this afternoon that Kevin Keegan was offered the job by Mike Ashley last Sunday morning. He accepted the job that day and then kept quiet about it until it was finally announced Wednesday afternoon. Only his wife Jean, also knew about the deal.
Smiling Keegan and Mort yesterday – Chris surprised Keegan open to offer
The negotiations took place between Chris Mort, Mike Ashley and Kevin Keegan the morning after Harry Redknapp had turned down the job on Saturday morning. And according to the Evening Chronicle, the deal was done and dusted by the time Sunday was over.
Chairman Chris Mort, as he stated yesterday, hadn’t thought they could get Kevin back to the club, but when they talked to him, it appears he was already turned on by the challenge of returning to Newcastle United. Kevin was said to be very open to the offer.
We have no idea how much Keegan was offered in terms of compensation (wages), but it will be the best financial deal of his life, that’s for sure. It is probably close to Â£18M over 3.5 years, plus some transfer cash he can spend now and in the summer. It’s close to Â£18M if he’s getting close to what Harry Redknapp was offered. We see no reason why Kevin would be offered less compensation than was offered to Harry.
The transfer amount has varied in the press from Â£25M to Â£50M, and we think that figure is probably true. But it’s not just the money of course with Kevin and we think he just bought right into the vision of Ashley and Mort.
Kevin has already stated that once he listened to the two of them, he knew immediately they knew what they were talking about .
He also has made no secret of the fact he likes the two new leaders of the Newcastle United Football club. Sounds as though they moved with lightning speed after the Redknapp rejection and you have to be impressed that they completed the deal under the radar screen.
Great work by Mort and owner Ashley, in both getting the right man and doing it quietly once the Redknapp situation had leaked out badly. The two of them seem to know exactly what they are doing at Newcastle.
It also sounds just fantastic to us.