The meeting between Mike Ashley, Dennis Wise and manager Kevin Keegan will take place today at 11:00 am in London.
Kevin Keegan – seemed much happier yesterday
It is being reported in the Times today that owner Mike Ashley was not pleased with the publicity that Kevin Keegan’s statements created, following the Chelsea game on Monday.
Apparently, Ashley indeed had met with Keegan after the 2-0 defeat on Monday, even though Kevin had said the relationship was good because they never talked.
Yesterday, Kevin Keegan welcomed the meeting with Ashley. He stated at the press conference for the Everton game, that he was looking forward to the meeting, and that it could only be a good thing.
The press conference was brought forward to Thursday because of Kevinâ€™s meeting today,
We can only think that most of the meeting will be spent on ironing out transfer policy, and straightening out any misunderstandings of each executiveâ€™s role at the club.
With a new organization in place, it is not at all surprising that some misunderstandings will initially occur, but these can be quickly worked out, as they are in any new business organization.
With a new business structure in place at the club, initial teething problems are inevitable, and can even be expected.
Keegan talked last night:
â€œI’ve never ever thought to myself, â€˜What have I done by coming here?’â€
â€œI remember saying to Jean, my wife, after four or five weeks, when we’d not won a game, there must have been a reason why I came back here and of course there is.â€
â€It’s a great club with a great support and a great future. But the future needs to be mapped out and planned.”
“We all have to be working hard for that.â€
Keegan also hinted that he may well stay at the club beyond the terms of his present deal, which is for the next 3 seasons – that would be good.
â€œI’ve got three years, I am looking forward to the next three years – at least – and you know I’ll only be 60 then,â€
The gap between Newcastle and the top four is obvious, but Keegan now seems up for the challenge, and seems no longer too despondent about when we can make the top four.
â€œThe challenge is there for all of us. If you are a light-welterweight, you don’t say you are going to win the heavyweight championship of the world.”
“We have to build our muscles up first.â€
â€œI have really enjoyed coming back to the club I love. It’s like a big ship; when it’s listing, everything is exaggerated and it is a major problem.”
“But when you turn it round, the momentum starts to go with you and it can go quicker than most clubs.â€
We look forward sometime on Friday afternoon to receive some news on the meeting – and we are hoping the three participants will issue some communication on the results of the meeting and even what was achieved.
It’s that important to Newcastle fans, and we hope we can hear fairly soon, that everything has been sorted out successfully.
Then what’s next?
We have to go out and beat Everton on Sunday, because we didn’t like that strange thing that happened to us against Chelsea last Monday afternoon – a little thing called losing. 😀
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