We think Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan will be the main beneficiary of the club’s boardroom shake-up, that was announced today.
Kevin Keegan – Ashley will become more involved in running Newcastle
The popular press has tried to ram a wedge into the new Newcastle organization that Chris Mort created , but that’s because they don’t understand how it’s supposed to work.
This move to us, with potential later news that Mike Ashley may even take over the role of Newcastle Chairman, is a big win for Kevin Keegan.
And it clearly shows that Mike is willing to listen to Kevin, who of course knows a lot more about managing football clubs than Mike Ashley does.
Mike Ashley will very likely assume a more hands-on role, and he can help Kevin get in the players Newcastle United desperately need, if they are to challenge for 5th place next season, which is the club’s stated goal..
Chairman Chris Mort, who in January brought Keegan back to St. James’ Park, stepped down today, after a year in control of the club, to return to the London law firm Freshfields, in which he is a partner.
We think Chris did an excellent job in an unfamiliar role, and brought some financial sanity and stability to the club, following years of financial mismanagement.
No direct replacement has yet been announced for Chris, but instead Derek Llambias has been appointed to the new role of Managing Director. Derek was Deputy Chairman.
But in only his second season since he bought the club last summer, Ashley is more than likely to take on some of Chris Mort’s Chairman responsibilities.
Keegan brought up valid concerns in May after the teams’ 2-0 defeat against Chelsea.
Kevin talked about his concerns about Newcastle’s inability to compete for a top-four finish and a Champions League berth, prompting some concern in the football-mad city of Newcastle.
But Ashley held a meeting with Keegan and the board in London a few days later, and heard what Keegan had to say about what he thought was needed at the club.
One of those requests was for Mike to become more personally involved in running the club, and it looks like Kevin has got his way. Who said Kevin didn’t have clout at Newcastle?
Of course the popular press called that London meeting a crisis meeting, but it was nothing of the kind, but they still had a ball with it.
Kevin’s need for significant funds, to bolster the small squad he inherited from Sam Allardyce, will now be better assisted by Ashley becoming more active in the running of Newcastle.
That has to be a good move for everybody concerned.