Surprising News On Keegan Future

Sueprising and hard to believe news in the Sunday Sun this morning – news must be terribly slow today.


Kevin Keegan – surprising news today

The Sunday Sun, the local Newcastle Sunday paper, is reporting that Newcastle are again considering replacing Kevin Keegan with top Spanish coach Marcelino, according to sources in Spain.

There was news about Marcelino in March, but that died down once Kevin righted the ship at Newcastle, but we do remember that Kevin went to talk to Chairman Chris Mort about the rumor.

We simply don’t believe this, and we are a little surprised that the Sunday Sun, of all papers, would put this news story out. Are they living on a different planet?

Newcastle are reported to be one of a few clubs to have contacted Marcelino’s agents this week following his resignation as the Racing Santander coach.

And the Sunday Sun understands that United have been in regular communication with the 42-year-old’s representatives via a member of their new scouting network in Spain.

Marcelino — whose full name Marcelino Garcia Toral — did well last year in getting Racing Santander to 6th place in his first season at the club.

But then he walked out on Wednesday, insisting Racing do not have the resources to fulfil his managerial ambitions.

We are surprised this story has even seen the light of day, but we for one just don’t believe it, and don’t think it does our club any favors at all.

Comments welcome.

53 comments so far

  • toon1978

    May 25, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #1

    I read this article this morning in the Sunday Sun i really hope this is not true, if it is true then i would totally turn against Ashley not that i am all for him anyway but its the papers that are full of gloom about NUFC.

  • seetow

    May 25, 2008 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #2

    another piece of bullshit from the sun. keegan is our man and my, is he king kee (kinky)!

  • Bobby Choung

    May 25, 2008 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #3

    i dont see why we need some foreign manager … KK has done more than enough for his club to survive. Now we just need him to do more than that in the next season 😛

  • figsdad

    May 25, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #4

    dont listen to the papers there just putting 2 and 2 together….

  • craig f

    May 25, 2008 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #5

    I just wish we could get through 1 day without a story dragging the club down. Whether it be about us offering Martins around clubs ( i will single handledly assasinate MA if this is true ) or replacing our manager with some ‘Spic.

  • Toon_Ksk

    May 25, 2008 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #6

    HAHAHA~ That’s funny…

    The Sun huh?

    I’m only interested in Page 3…

  • Eric

    May 25, 2008 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #7

    This bullshite and the story about Vargas is by Neil Farrington. Who is this Sunday Sun hack? Have we now the local press as well as the London rags spreading the muck? Come clean Farrington – what is this manure you are spreading?

  • Midjew

    May 25, 2008 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #8

    I don’t think this is true.


    IF it is, well i just hope its gets done quickly, the only thing i HATE is hanging around and loosing out on trasnfers etc etc.

    i think that Marcelino will have more contacts in the right places and has been realy invloved in football last few years.

    So whoever it is GET THEM IN and start preparing for an exciting season next year

  • MarK

    May 25, 2008 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #9

    lets first work extremely hard to get keegan back into that hes back, lets replace him with a spanish fella….cant believe people buy into this crap

  • Martins

    May 25, 2008 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #10

    Sunday Sun has nothing to do with the Sun, and is a much more reliable source. In fact the Sunday Sun has relations with the Chronicle.

  • toon1978

    May 25, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #11

    Mark you are right, KK saves us from Relegation and according to the Sundaysun we want rid of him. If M.Ashley can use and abuse ppl like this then we do not want the likes of that trash leading our club, IF the paper is correct which is hard to believe.

  • m.

    May 25, 2008 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #12

    we’ll be walking on a keegan wonderland for some years! WOR KEV!

  • Ben

    May 25, 2008 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #13

    The only way this can be true is if KK has decided that this job is either too tough for him, or not what he was promised.

  • toon1978

    May 25, 2008 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #14

    Probably the latter Ben

  • m.

    May 25, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #15

    how is the weather in newcastle right now? i’m out of the toon for 3 years, here in brazil is being bloody cold.

  • TomPoon

    May 25, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #16

    Come on MA, prove all the souther doubters wrong and splash the cash

  • keeganpleasecomeback

    May 25, 2008 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #17

    i think we had enogh Marcelinhos at this club – one is enough – remember him

  • toon1978

    May 25, 2008 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #18

    M.Ashley will probably make a bigger splash in Tynemouth swimming baths then what he will in the Transfer winow lol.

  • Chris F

    May 25, 2008 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #19

    lol the Sunday Sun is a reliable source?

    do me a favour, they’re WORSE than the chronicle for making up crap stories just to flog more copies of their rag.

    i wouldn’t even wipe my backside with it.

  • Bill F

    May 25, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #20

    More smoke, but no smoking guns.


  • Davy C

    May 25, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #21

    I’m really fed up already with the newspapers and it’s still only May!!

    I don’t by these glorified toilet papers that aren’t even good enough to be fish and chips wrappers anymore!

    I’ll start to take notice when we actually sign someone, if Ashley leaves or Keegan gets sacked etc etc.

    Pillocks like Neil Farrington in the Sunday Sun are just doom mongerers who will always try and stir the proverbial up so that people will buy the newspapers. They can’t compete with 24/7 news or Sky sports anymore and quite simply aren’t current. They still have to attract mugs to buy the rags so turn to speculation and rumour instead.

    I hate this time of year!!

    I’m now off to shut myself off in a cupboard under the stairs until 16th August!!

  • Ashton

    May 25, 2008 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #22

    I think Marcelino will sign for Valencia

  • RocKKy

    May 25, 2008 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #23

    Remember that saying “no news is good news” doesn’t apply to newspapers. They have to fill column inches with something and if they haven’t got anything real to report it seems these days that conjecture and downright fabrication will do just as well.

    First thing I look for in any of these articles is any sort of quote directly from someone believable. If there isn’t one there then the chances are high that someone is talking rubbish.

  • Tom_Toon

    May 25, 2008 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #24

    Emery has already signed for Valencia.

  • Gooderz

    May 25, 2008 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #25

    It would be wonderful if we could bring him in as Kev’s assistant so Marcelino can learn the ins and outs of the English game over the course of the next year or two. The experience alone would be invaluable and it’s not like he’d be losing out financially.

    However it’s unlikely if another club comes in offering what he wants in a managerial role.

  • ToonKing

    May 25, 2008 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #26

    these papers are funny.

  • scott9

    May 25, 2008 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #27

    pethetic the papaers dont hav F*CK ALL to right so they think o lets put in some S*IT about newcastle like we always do

  • ronaldeano

    May 25, 2008 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #28

    People who belive papers are bigger mugs than the mongs who write them.

  • Reformed_Mumbler

    May 25, 2008 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #29

    The Sunday Sun, as noted in the article, is a local weekend (surprisingly it comes out on Sundays…) rag, well noted for running non-stories and hawking any old crap to shift copies. If you get the opportunity to read it then do. The reg’ news and features are as bad, if not worse, than the sports content. Even Farrington’s column (if he still writes for it) is crap layered with misinformed ramblings and he’s the best of the bunch.

    If there is any basis in truth to this story, I’d suggest it would be contingency planning in case KK throws a strop and walks out (again).

    None’s the matter, keep speculating and gobbling up the bullshit, scat munchers.

  • Slam Dunc

    May 25, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #30

    If you look right at the bottom here:

    you’ll see Mike Bolam from NUFC.COM interview with the Journal. He’s saying the local press are now marginalised and all Newcastle stories are leaked from the Newcastle’s London office to the London press.

    So if it’s in the Sunday Sun ignore it. If it’s in the London Evening Standard then get worried.

    Tho other point he makes is right at the end is questioning are these stories leaks or plants ??

  • daiv

    May 25, 2008 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #31

    MA will not splash the cash and KK has been employed on false pretences. This story may be true because KK will not hand around if MA does not back him. MA is the tightest owner in the Prem. We are like Tottenham used to be…linked to loads of top players but signing none just to keep the fans happy. But that kind of deceit only lasts so long and KK will not put up with it.

  • Leo

    May 25, 2008 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #32

    well avram grant got sacked after getting into the champs league final… so anything can happen…

    i would be unhappy if keegan wasnt our manager next year, it might just be contingency planning though.

  • Paul

    May 25, 2008 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #33

    Thankfully, we all seem to be of the same mind on this “rumor” — also known as “BS”. Just remember where it comes from.
    As Mark Twain said, and I paraphrase,
    ‘people who don’t read the newspapers are uninformed and those that do are misinformed’.

  • Spyro

    May 25, 2008 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #34

    Daiv you believe everything you read from these papers

  • angryman the angry fan

    May 25, 2008 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #35

    I told you so!!
    Marcelino in hotseat by the 20 august!!
    leaves him 2 weeks to identify and sign several players…………!!

  • daiv

    May 25, 2008 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #36

    I don’t believe everything I read but some people on this blog seem to think that every negative story is made up. Some are and some aren’t… but the vibes about KK going and MA selling are not good. This MA selling story has been running for too long for all the paers to make it up.

  • daiv

    May 25, 2008 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #37

    I think MA will sell when he gets the chance to make a profit. Why? Bottom line because he is a businessman who has no emotional interest in NUFC. Why should he be any different to previous greedy owners who were at least Geordies and did support the Toon.
    MA has sunk £250M into NUFC of his own money. He is no Abramovitch and his funds willl be running out. Hes had a bad run of business results and lost loads so he probably does not have much left. Thats why he does not pay reasonable players like Oba (he is not a world beater) £90K a week and I can understand that. I want MA to go asap but sell to some really rich person. MA is not rich enough and wants a return as a businessman on his £250M. He won’t get it paying £100K a week wages. He’ll be potless in couple of years. KK only cares about the team and does not want to hear about financial restraint. He was obviously promised loads of money to return and that has not happpened as yet. He will walk if it does not happen and this friction between KK and MA may explain the press stories. Thats my take on it. Hopefully I’m wrong and KK stays. I do not trust MA.

  • iain

    May 25, 2008 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #38

    as i understand it marcelino is part of a managerment team owned/run by a 3rd party ala msi and tevez.

    im guessing its just them using our previous possible contact or links to people like jiminez to get the name of there guy out there. imo marcelino wouldnt come here his demands include totall autonomy over transfers etc and this was why he turned down the valencia job and has left racing.

  • Slam Dunc

    May 25, 2008 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #39

    and I had to laugh at the comment in the Sunday Sun article about the link between Newcastle and Marcelino:

    “the link being scout Pablo Longoria thought to be just 21 is now talent spotting in Europe for Newcastle. The young Spaniard has no professional background in football, with his apparently encyclopaedic knowledge of players across the Continent said to be gained from the Internet.”

    I think there is probably a few on this Blog therefore better qualified to scout for Newcastle lol

  • Toon Al

    May 25, 2008 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #40

    the sunday sun is different to the sun

    totally different publication


You must log in to post a comment.