News is coming through that indeed Kevin Keegan, at the end of the day, sanctioned the move to sell James Milner to Aston Villa today, for a reported 9M.
Kevin Keegan – sanctioned Milner move – clarifies some things
But this seems rather strange to us, because only on Tuesday night, after the fantastic Coventry game, Kevin had said he didn’t even want to talk about losing Milner, and that Milner should be in the full England squad.
Such a quick change of opinion is a little surprising.
But one of the things that had worried us most – if you believe the reports about Milner over the last few days, is that Keegan would have thought he was being undermined by Ashley.
That’s what we were really concerned about, although we didn’t mention it, well not too many times.
But if Keegan is happy with what has transpired that’s fine with us, because he must make all decisions related to who Newcastle let go, and all decisions related to who we will go after, to attempt to bring to the club. We’ll not always be successful on the latter parts of course.
But he cannot be held responsible for the playing side of things at the club unless he has this authority – that’s for sure.
But it now appears that Ashley left the decision to Keegan himself to make, maybe based on which other players Mike Ashley and Dennis Wise were trying to get into the club. Kevin has also said the £9M (Newcastle get £7.8M and Leeds get £1.8M), will be sued for new players, and Keegan seems to have been persuaded by Ashley and Wise.
Now of course we’ll need to wait and see what these players are like but you would think for Kevin to let Milner go some of the players we are after have to be top class. You would think that wouldn’t you? 😀
Kevin told the press this morning – referring to James Milner:
“He’s a player, in an ideal world, you would not want to lose, but I just want to make it absolutely clear that at the end of the day, it was my decision to sell him.”“We got an offer that I feel was his value. We are all aware James has had a difficult time – he almost signed for them once before [two years ago while on loan] and was dragged back.”
“But he has always behaved impeccably. He’s a fantastic professional, and there’s no doubt about it, they’ve got an outstanding player and we have got to move on.”
Good words from the manager, and of course Ashley comes out of this looking a whole lot better than what it looked like with the press reports earlier this morning.
We did suggest that what was being reported just seemed to be too bad to be true, with Milner leaving against Kevin’s wishes (as far as we then knew), and Michael Owen reportedly beeing offered a one year deal for £85K a year.
And while that report is emanating from the Evening Chronicle, we have to take it as pure speculation at this point – because we cannot believe Owen would accept the deal, as reported.
Things are looking a lot better now that Kevin has clarified the situation, but whenever we hear Kevin talk, we always feel a lot better about the club, he’s such a great communicator with an unsurmountable passion for the club.
So who are the players we are after?