The announcement of Kevin Keegan as manager has been all over the sports news these last few hours, and all over the football world. But none more so than on Sky Sports. And they are thanking Newcastle Chairman Chris Mort for that.
Mike Ashley with our excellent Chairman Chris Mort
The sports news last night and today is of course all about Kevin Keeganâ€™s dramatic return to the club he calls home â€“ Newcastle United. As soon as Chris Mort and Kevin arrived back at Newcastle Airport yesterday, the cameras were in Kevinâ€™s face and he corrected a reporter that this was not his second coming but his third time at Newcastle United. He also played for Newcastle United before he became manager the first time.
Kevin first arrived at Newcastle United in 1982, and left in 1984. Kevin had a fabulous record at Newcastle of scoring 48 goals in 78 appearances, and of course was Newcastle captain. Thatâ€™s when the love affair started with Newcastle United and the fans, and then Sir John Hall made him manager in 1992, for the first time.
Sky Sports yesterday, to their credit, have been quick to praise Newcastle Chairman Chris Mort, who told Sky Sports they would be the first to know about any deal for a new manager. And as Sky Sports drooled over the news, Chris had been as good as his word, and they were the first to know about Kevinâ€™s appointment. Sky Sports announced the news around 4:20 pm local time.
This news about Kevin’s appointment is very good publicity for Newcastle United around the world. We know the club gets a lot of criticism in the past, some of it even deserved. But this could only happen at Newcastle United, with the fantastic, fanatical and passionate fan support that exists on Tyneside.
The Newcastle club is now run very professionally by Chris Mort, and we think he and Mike were really annoyed about what happened over the weekend with Harry Redknapp. But they have made a very good recovery, and nobody knew about Keegan until it broke on Sky News yesterday afternoon.
Sky News were delighted, but that was of course nothing compared to the reaction of the Newcastle faithful all over the world.
As we said, this could only happen at Newcastle United.
Good for Chris Mort and Mike Ashley, and great for Newcastle fans.