There is some news today that Kevin Keegan wants a close relationship with Newcastleâ€™s expected new Chairman, Derek Llambias.
Kevin Keegan – needs to know what’s happening at Newcastle
The news today is that Kevin Keegan will insist on a close working relationship with Derek Llambias, who is expected to be announced as the incoming Newcastle chairman.
Current chairman Chris Mort will leave later this summer to return to his work as a lawyer at Freshfields back in London.
Mike became Chairman in early August of last year, and has presided at the club to get the financial end of things sorted out, and to also set the shipâ€™s course.
He has wiped out Â£100M in Newcastle debt, thanks to Mike Ashley, and has concentrated the clubâ€™s efforts on a number of new initiatives:
- Listen more to the Newcastle fans and act accordingly – certainly the new season ticket announcement was well received yesterday
- Clear up the financial mess from Shepherdâ€™s hapless reign – Newcastle now have no debt
- Concentrate more on youth development at the club – we will continue to but good young players who are still developing
- Focus on recruitment of players world-wide to help out manager Keegan – Dennis Wise and crew are now in place
Chris Mort was seen as an ally of Keegan, but the Newcastle manager asked for greater involvement than just the playing side of things, in his summit meeting with Ashley two weeks ago.
Kevin is the sort of person that wants to know whatâ€™s going on, and it shouldnâ€™t bee too difficult to keep the Newcastle manager better informed.
A meeting of the board and Kevin should take place a few times a year so everybody is aware of the direction of the club and whatâ€™s happening, and what the club’s targets are.
Llambias is a former managing director of Fifty London, a capital gambling firm, and is expected to be announced as the new Newcastle Chairman in a few weeks time, and maybe even earlier than that.
We think this will be a longer term appointment by Mike Ashley, and we expect Derek to be of the same business caliber as Mort, but we have no idea what kind of personality he is.
One good thing is that Derek has moved to Newcastle, and will be located in the region, and will not commute to and from London, as Chris did, which always pointed to his short stay as Chairman.
Keep Kevin happy and all will be well, could be a good mantra for Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias.
What do you think?