It seems that Nigel Pearson was the one who wanted to leave Newcastle United, and his decision to go seems to have surprised Kevin Keegan.
Nigel Pearson – told Keegan he wanted to leave
Kevin Keegan said on the clubâ€™s official website today:
“Nigel came to me the day before yesterday and said I want to go.â€ “I asked him for a reason but never really got one.â€
“I said ‘is it me?’ and he said definitely not. I asked if it was someone else around the club and he said no.â€ “But he was very honest and said ‘I want to go’.â€
“I asked him to think about it but he came in yesterday and said he had made his mind up, he’d talked about it with friends and wanted to go.â€ “I don’t think there was any doubt we were working closely but you have to respect his decision.â€
“I like Nigel Pearson very much, he’s a good coach and I wish him good luck in the future.”
So it seems any link with Alan Shearer coming in is just not true, although we understand that Alan will start coaching at the club soon.
The news about Nigel leaving was not good news to us because Nigel has a very good name in the coaching world, and has been a solid coach at the club and we were sorry to see him go â€“ especially when it looks like he just wanted to leave.
Kevin will now have to bring in another coach to Newcastle soon. Not sure if Shearer coaching on a part-time basis will be enough right now.