Kevin Keegan completed his meeting with Newcastle’s owner owner Mike Ashley today in London, but we hardly know what was even discussed.
Kevin Keegan – nothing much released about Ashley meeting today
Chairman Chris Mort, recently appointed Deputy Chairman, Executive Director of Football Dennis Wise and Vice-President Tony Jimenez, were also at the meeting.
However, very little so far has been released about what was discussed or what was agreed to as a result of today’s meeting.
After the meeting Chairman Chris Mort said:
“It was a good meeting,” “It was both productive and constructive.”
That kind of response is a standard generic description about almost any meeting, so we really don’t have any idea what even the discussions were about, never mind the results.
The BBC is reporting that when asked if Keegan would be in charge next season, a club spokesman told the BBC:
“As far as I’m aware he’s the manager.”
Of course that was rather a mischievous question to ask in any case, so the response wasn’t too surprising. If Kevin wasn’t now the manager, Chris would have hardly made the statement he made, and heaven help us all.
What we’d like to understand was whether Ashley was upset at Keegan because of the comments he made last Monday. We still don’t even know that.
The Times and other papers this morning reported that Ashley was livid at Kevin’s comments, but we don’t fully trust those reports.
It’s interesting that Kevin said nothing immediately after the meeting.
Kevin Keegan had been quoted before the meeting as saying:
“Part of my job as manager of Newcastle United is to tell fans what’s happening at their club.”
“Part of the media’s job is to report it correctly and keep it in context and not go off on tangents.”
“You can take the same phrase three different ways, and it can mean three different things. You know that.”
“I will continue to do what I have always done while I have been manager of Newcastle United, and at Manchester City and at Fulham and with England.”
“I haven’t changed.” “I am not scared of saying what I think the situation is, and I won’t change that.”
We have to assume that Kevin’s comments were at least discussed at the meeting, and there would presumably be some deliberations on what he exactly meant by them, and even why they were said.
But it also doesn’t look like the club wants to divulge much of what was said, which is probably a good thing, because the press would just misconstrue whatever was said, if they ventured into any detail.
But we have to assume they at least covered the transfer targets, since everybody associated with transfers at the club was present. We also assume the players Kevin wants to keep at the club were also discussed.
Let’s hope all will be well now, and we can look forward to new players arriving at the club shortly, and that new contracts will be offered to Michael Owen, Steven Taylor and Steve Harper.
Maybe we will learn more about what happened tomorrow – just maybe – but whatever the Daily Mail reports – don’t believe them.