Kevin Keegan met Newcastle Owner Mike Ashley for the first time last Wednesday morning, and it seems like Kevin immediately took to the new owner, who surprisingly seems to have very little ego, given heâ€™s a Billionaire.
Kevin Keegan – back home and waving to crowd on Saturday
The fact that Mike has both appointed Kevin Keegan as manager, and that Kevin seems to admire Mike, will do a lot to convince any doubters that Mike Ashley will be Newcastle United Owner for the long term, and wants to make them into a top side.
â€œIâ€™ve never met anyone like Mike,â€ â€œHeâ€™s different, for sure, but I like him a lot. You get used to dealing with egos in this game, but he hasnâ€™t got one and I think heâ€™s an incredible man.â€
â€œI think this club has a fantastic owner and if we could get this club going weâ€™ll have the best owner in the country, I believe that. People like Mike donâ€™t turn up at football clubs every day of the week.â€
Keegan is also very determined to do all he can to bring success to Newcastle United so that Ashleyâ€™s interest in top-class football is maintained at the club. Good thinking by Kevin. 😀
â€œMike has given us great responsibility,â€ â€œWeâ€™ve got to make sure we encourage him to stay in this for the real long haul. If weâ€™re successful, he will, so we donâ€™t want to do anything that makes him despondent.â€
â€œThatâ€™s the challenge for us. He doesnâ€™t want to be in there (in the boardroom), he wants to be out there with the fans and thatâ€™s fantastic. He trusts us to get on with it and I hope the faith he has in us can be repaid.â€
But Keegan has little time to strengthen the squad he inherited from Allardyce, since the January transfer window runs out a week on Wednesday (10 days). However, we’re sure Chris Mort, who looks a better and better chairman every time we see him, is working extra hard to bring in the players Kevin has identified he wants in January.
Who are they?
Take your choice from the following players, who have all been mentioned so far:
Michael Carrick â€“ Manchester United
Wayne Bridge â€“ Chelsea
Wes Brown â€“ Manchester United
Deco – Barcelona
Jermain Defoe â€“ Tottenham Hotspur
Johan Elmander – Toulouse FC
Barry Robson – Dundee United
Shaun Wright-Phillips – Chelsea
Carlos Cuellar – Rangers
Sol Campbell – Portsmouth
Marek Cech – FC Porto
Nicky Shorey – Reading
The list gets bigger by the day of course, and some of these will be summer targets too.
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