Kevin Keegan seems to be concerned about a number of things at Newcastle right now .
Michael Owen – cannot have been happy at Keegan’s comments
He is concerned the club have not tied up key players like striker Michael Owen, goalkeeper Steve Harper and center-back Steven Taylor on new deals
Keegan thinks that director Dennis Wise and Tony Jimenez are pushing for alternatives to Harper and Taylor, even though Chairman Chris Mort reiterated only yesterday, that the manager will have the final say on who comes and goes.
Kevin is completely responsible for the playing side of things at the club, and that has to do with which players he wants to keep and which players he wants to bring into the club. Dennis and Tony can offer alternatives but Kevin has the final say.
We see nothing wrong with that system and why it cannot work. If Kevin has goals to achieve in the 3 seasons he has left, you have to allow him to identify the players he wants.
The reports also suggest that Newcastle players were shocked by what Keegan said.
It certainly cannot help with the signing of Michael Owen himself, when Kevin says thereâ€™s no chance of Newcastle reaching the top 4 in the next 3 seasons, after which Michael will be 31 years old.
In one breath Kevin says he’s annoyed we haven’t signed Michael Owen, and with the next he says we cannot make top 4 during his 3 seasons at the club. These are hardly complementary statements.
An inside source at the club has been quoted as saying:
â€œWhile players know there has to be a certain amount of reality, you donâ€™t join a club like Newcastle to fight a relegation battle, you do it because you believe they might achieve something.â€
â€œTo be told you are never going to win the Premier League is not what players want to hear. They may be well paid but they also want to win trophies.â€
This may well be another storm in a teacup, and Ashley is right to have a face-to-face talk with both Kevin and Dennis Wise tomorrow in London.
We half expect a communication to be issued after that meeting, and we would expect it to solve any rifts and be a positive message for Newcastle’s fans.