Kevin Keegan has admitted, rather surprisingly, that he has not spoken with Mike Ashley at all about his summer transfer targets.
Mike Ashley – hasn’t discussed transfer targets with Kevin
Keegan told the Sunday Sun today:
â€œI donâ€™t know if the owner is excited by the challenge of trying to sign big name players. I havenâ€™t asked him,â€
â€œHe came down to the dressing room after the game on Sunday but the owner doesnâ€™t get involved in these things.â€
â€œHe finances it, but apart from one day when he came down to the training ground when we were struggling and we had a chat about anything but football, he has never been near the place.â€
â€œItâ€™s not like the owner rings me up and says he canâ€™t get this or that guy. I donâ€™t have his number. I donâ€™t even have a number for the owner!â€
Keegan has admitted he is keen for Steven Taylorâ€™s contract to be handled quickly as that of his captain Michael Owen, Kevin added:
â€œContracts arenâ€™t my department.â€â€œIâ€™ve had a chat with Michael but I donâ€™t do any of the contracts anymore. In some ways I am pleased about that.â€
â€œIt might be difficult for the players but I have to tell them what my role is in the club â€“ to say: â€˜Go to Chris Mort and sit down with him and Dennis Wise because they do the financial side of things.â€
The contracts are usually the responsibility of the chairman, but Chris probably also has one of the recruitment staff, like Jeff Vetere, get involved on the financial side.
We hope both Michael and Steven will sign new contracts sooner rather than later.