As we started to understand yesterday, Kevin Keegan was always in the frame to be Newcastle United manager, and he was approached a week last Thursday by the club. But it looks like he wasn’t owner Ashley’s first choice.
The leaders of Newcastle United, Chris and Kevin shake hands
Chris Mort has clarified that situation with the Shields Gazette today. Chris told Miles Starfworth:
“He was always on the list of people to talk to, and we started taking soundings from Thursday last week from the people who are close to him, and some mutual friends.”
“We asked them what the prospects of getting Kevin back here were, and at that stage they didn’t think it would happen.”
“We made the call and it didn’t take long to realize that Kevin had massive enthusiasm for this club.”
“He wanted to meet us, and tell us how he wanted to take the club forward.” “We’ve got on well this week, and we’re delighted to have him back.”
“Although I haven’t been at this club as long as others, it doesn’t take long to know that the way Kevin turned this club around means he is held in such high regard by the people of Newcastle.”
“It was no surprise we’ve had such a positive reaction from the fans.”
But the problem we have with all of this is why was Harry Redknapp ever offered the job?
From all reports, it looks to us like if Harry had said yes, the job was his last Saturday morning.Â So we have to believe that Harry was owner Mike Ashley’s first choice, otherwise he wouldn’t have got the job offer in the first place.
It may have been that Mike Ashley was convinced by his friend Paul Kemsley to go for Harry Redknapp first. But in retrospect that would have been a massive mistake if Kevin was indeed willing to take the job.
The puzzle here is why did Newcastle United ever offer Harry Redknapp the job if indeed Kevin had said he was willing to take the Newcastle job?Â Â Â Offering Harry the job after all, has never been denied by the Tyneside club.