Kevin Keegan was locked away with Chris Mort at the Newcastle United training facilities in Benton yesterday, and didnâ€™t leave until around 7pm, when TV cameras of course were there for his departure.
Kevin Keegan and Alan Shearer – during Alan’s playing days
It appears that Kevin has been given a free hand to pick his back-room staff, as Mort does not want to infringe on the playing side of the club, which is the responsibility of the manager. But it is understood that Mike Ashley has urged Kevin to act quickly if indeed Alan is to be appointed his number 2.
Shearerâ€™s comments when he arrived back from Barbados suggest Kevin and Alan havenâ€™t talked for 12 months. Kevin has been running his soccer circus in Glasgow and Alan has been in London at his BBC football pundit job.
Former Newcastle midfielder Rob Lee, a close friend of Shearer’s, has hinted the two could work together:
“I don’t think Alan would ever consider being a No2 to anyone except Kenny Dalglish and Kevin,”
“But I don’t know if it will happen.”
After surprisingly lobbying in the press for the manager’s job at Newcastle, Shearer then announced his willingness to help the new regime in any way he could. We think he’s been told by Newcastle he will not be appointed Newcastle manager, until he gets some experience under his belt.
But this decision is totally up to Kevin Keegan. It’s his neck that’s on the line. Certainly the two of them got on famously at Newcastle.
Most fans hope the decision is made by 2pm local time today when the press conference to officially announce Keegan as manager is announced. We think if itâ€™s going to happen Alan could be at the conference, or introduced at the conference as Kevin’s number 2.
Kevin always liked to do things in a big way and this could happen this afternoon. But the decision shouldn’t be rushed either, it’s far too important for that.Â We’re not sure it will happen.
What do you think? Let us know – comments always welcome.