Keegan Sanctioned Milner Move – Clarifies Some Things

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?

Comments welcome.

119 comments so far

  • Ageordiedoonsooth

    Aug 29, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #1

    Anyone who’s quality 4 top class players at least

  • moony0707

    Aug 29, 2008 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #2

    why dont we sign berbatov if he loves the toon that much….or maybe thats the wow singing

  • kagthemag

    Aug 29, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #3

    let’s hope we see the WOW signing this weekend. We need a couple of quality signings, creative mid for sure.

    remember when things kicked off when KK sold Andy Cole – we certainly get a WOW signing then didn’t we? I’m sure KK will come up with the goods (look at the 3 he’s signed so far – any complaints?)


  • briss

    Aug 29, 2008 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #4

    dissapointing to see milner go to say the least i thought we were building the team around him, taylor and owen…guess not. if we do not get at least 4 quality players i dont see us doing better than 8th. it will be interesting to see who we get to replace the boy because he is going to be an england international someday. my mood will be dampened till we get a couple capable players in

  • bennit3b

    Aug 29, 2008 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #5

    GUTTED! Ther better be some big surprises in the next 2 days, put I doubt it! Ashley has been sent to destroy us!

  • Nobby's Dad

    Aug 29, 2008 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #6

    Seb Larsson could be in by Monday – Milner’s position, same age, half the price and as good as Milner IMO

  • D.C.

    Aug 29, 2008 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #7

    Not at all disappointed about Milner leaving. We have wingers aplenty and Villa paid over the odds IMO. Good bit of business.

  • Luke

    Aug 29, 2008 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #8

    You’d have to be off your rocker to expect anyone to take a pay-cut just for the ‘love of being involved”. I can however see them lowering his base salary and as Owen is proven player, scoring plenty of goals to bump that up with bonuses.

    Can I just say, Ed and everyone else with gloomy thoughts expelled today: we were aware of everyone’s roles prior today. We can’t keep asking the same questions. It’s ridiculous. Have some confidence in who we are and where we want to go. Ashley in the past and Keegan today has public said the club is not for sale and the owner is committed. Enough of the I-hate-Mike-Ashley brigade please.

  • Chris H

    Aug 29, 2008 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #9

    I feel a lot better after hearing what King Kev had to say on the Milner transfer. Hes obviously got someone else lined up to replace him. Possibly an AM maybe?

    I really hope he gets his targets cause it sounds to me that they’re going to be top notch. He also seems pretty confident that at least 2 are very close, so hopefully we’ll have some good news before the dreaded deadline day (Monday).

  • craig chisholm

    Aug 29, 2008 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #10

    speaking of selling andy cole………i think we were better when andy cole was here and not shearer. coles record is far better than shearers too in terms of goals to games ratio. i anit worried about milner as long as we do bring in some top draw players. milners replacement has to be better otherwise it was a pointless move in terms of improvement and this sale will only have been to give cashley a few more million squeezed out of us. we will know by monday night. i fail to belive that we will get in the four or five signings that kk is on about though, we have not been able to do it in three months so it aint going to happen in three days.
    the owne thing is far more of a concern to me. a one year extension at a reduced rate???? ah well, bye bye owen eh!!

  • Luke

    Aug 29, 2008 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #11

    I love that 8th is a terrible target — after the last few seasons I’d snap your hand off. We are building towards something. It doesn’t happen over night.

    the pessimism is astounding.


    Aug 29, 2008 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #12

    Warnock, Larsson, Bullard, Arda, Ashton.

    NOT Atouba – please!

  • AlexW

    Aug 29, 2008 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #13

    i am gutted he has gone, but am sure he will be replaced with an equally as good or if not better player, the faith i have in KK cannot be faulted. Oh doesnt malouda play RW anyway…. also Spidey is naturally right footed, just a thought

  • thefuturesbrightthefuturesblackandwhite

    Aug 29, 2008 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #14

    xabi alonso, i’ve been saying long enough. joao moutinho under evertons noses would be good. 3 days to dream.

  • Frankieboy

    Aug 29, 2008 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #15

    Let ‘s reserve judgement until Tuesday and the impact over the next few games.
    We need 3 or 4 quality additions to the squad before then or we could be struggling by January.

  • blerred

    Aug 29, 2008 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #16

    KK sounds very confident that we’ll get the players we’re after, and i’m happy to trust him and believe him

    i hope and pray we get at least one from afellay, moutinho, veloso, diego, arshavin, m.fernandez, inler or xabi alonso. any of them alongside a left-back for cover/competition, and a striker – derdiyok…

    gk – given (harper, krul)
    rb – beye (zayette)
    lb – enrique (maybe atouba…?)
    cb – coloccini (cacapa)
    cb – taylor (edgar, tozer, kadar)
    rm – jonas (geremi)
    lm – zog (duff)
    cm – guthrie (butt)
    cm – any of the above (barton)
    fc – owen (derdiyok)
    fc – martins (viduka)

  • sweendog

    Aug 29, 2008 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #17


    exactly the I hate MA stuff is getting pretty dated .. he done nothing but good for the club so far so why has it changed now.

    whos the four players .. and more importantly whos the 2 players that are nearly completed.

    Saviola/Arda eh??

  • moony0707

    Aug 29, 2008 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #18

    so, does no one think berbatov is worth trying to get?

  • beyethegreat

    Aug 29, 2008 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #19

    thsts the way chris h spread some positivity

  • Trust KK

    Aug 29, 2008 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #20

    It looks like Owen might be sold as well. To be honest… it might be for the best. Midway through last season, I was ready to unload him for nothing. Then he saved us from the drop… He scores goals, but what else does he provide? And he only cares about playing for England

  • James

    Aug 29, 2008 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #21

    Reading between the lines :

    Dear Newcastle Supporters.

    When I took over last time we were in the lower leagues, and I sold and bought players over time to push us to the brink of the Premiership title.

    Slowly we are putting the same team together (Guthrie = Rob Lee ; Gutierrez = Ginola), and we will be a force again.

    Last year we were slated up and down the land for our defensive record. Already this season we are being praised for looking solid.

    I had to fix the defense first, but I’m now working on the attack.

    So please be patient with my decisions.

    Yours Forever

    Kevin Keegan

  • Faustino

    Aug 29, 2008 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #22

    There is a load of players we could bring in now that would make the Milner move a great bit of business. He would have been gone next year anyway if all goes/went to plan and he’d shown the same rate of improvement and ‘desire’ to play at SJP as he has done recently.

    It’s only ‘stupid’ if a player of lower quality or, heaven forbid, no one is brought in.

  • shearer4pm

    Aug 29, 2008 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #23

    ” and Michael Owen reportedly beeing offered a one year deal for £85K a year”. week innit??

    im sure he’ll jump at that,

    at the end of the day i think milner got what he deserved, he wanted to move, he didnt make it public, he still gave 110% on the pitch i would of loved him to stay but all the best, villa got a good player there

    now mabye enrique at lb, n’zog on da left, jonas on the right

    a new lb – dede, borussia dortmond, 3m, or taiwo marsille 4m
    a new rm – solano 😀 lol wud luv it but what bout valbuena marsille, £14m eek 🙁
    a new cm, barry to get villa back!!! lol i would love parker back, or sum1 like darren fletcher or motta ,
    a new cam, ELANO would be awsum but neva gonna happpen, i dnt have a clue, prob sum unknown belgian dude thiago nevas would be cool tho
    a new striker – not derdiyok 🙁 sum1 like gudjohnson or saviola

  • craig

    Aug 29, 2008 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #24

    i trust him can any1 remember cole to man u hell on bout it then a few days later shearer trust king kev im excited

  • beyethegreat

    Aug 29, 2008 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #25

    lol james we should all be patien and trust king kev

  • Jimi

    Aug 29, 2008 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #26

    I love the horizon I can see for this club no matter if it is a little in the distance.

    Keegan interview…,20285,12606_4065460,00.html


    Wish some people would see through the politics and stop slagging the people and the club off. We are in friggin safe hands..

  • Micky Toon

    Aug 29, 2008 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #27

    Alonso is back with Liverpool now, so it would be an ideal time to sign him up.
    Also,it is silly to suggest Berbatov would sign for us, but if anyone outside of the top 4 can do it, we can. However, when we signed Shearer from under the nose of taggart we were his home club and we were in a much better state than we are now.
    I expect to see one “known” PL player, ie Alonso, Joe Cole, etc.. turn up and a couple of “unknowns” like Colo and Spidey.

  • Spyro

    Aug 29, 2008 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #28

    there are rumours we are going in for Xabi Alonso, but i doubt it

  • David Elliston

    Aug 29, 2008 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #29

    Just an idea but how about WE FORGET WHO COMES AND GOES. That kills a teams spirits and they need us the 12th man more than ever. Sing what we have is what we want and sing the praises of the players we have and want to be with us. Im always scared. I think the top 4 will offer for jonas and coloccini next year and we may lose one of them maybe two depending on whether they love money and as jonas bought his own contract out who knows. BUt for now we must move forward so whoever we sell or bring in does there best we do our best and hopefully if we sell, it is a business we make a profit. And bring in a few for that money. Thats gradual business sense balancing books and increasing better numbers of players at the same time. The big money sheppard time has gone. And now ashley is sorting the club out to be profitable and ultimatly a powerhouse in football for the right reasons. Follow the faith. Don’t worry about the window till after the arsenal game. Thats all i have to say. Its winable.

  • jay b

    Aug 29, 2008 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #30

    looks like a good chance of Kamil Zayatte joining us, KK sounded pleased with his training today on nufc tv

  • seetow

    Aug 29, 2008 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #31

    all those comments KK made about milner, they were just an elaborate ploy to raise aston villa’s asking price since he already knew he had submitted a transfer request. great work by the legend!

  • beyethegreat

    Aug 29, 2008 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #32

    we should all make our judgement on tuesday

  • thefuturesbrightthefuturesblackandwhite

    Aug 29, 2008 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #33

    spyro thats the rumour i started 🙂

  • its just a matter of fact, berbatov will not come, yes he may support the toon, but he wants champions league football, and i dont see us paying 25-30 million for him sorry

  • kenny g

    Aug 29, 2008 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #35

    Ed, Keagan was only singing Milners praise so he could generate a bigger fee. Wise Keagan is. 😉

  • Trust KK

    Aug 29, 2008 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #36

    That’s spot on James, I too am delighted with the direction of the club.

    Ashley and Big Sam got the ball rolling (cleared debt, brought in Beye, Faye, Viduka, Enrique, Barton, held on to N’Zogbia and Martins thank god!)

    Now KK is taking us to the promised land

  • Spyro

    Aug 29, 2008 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #37

    lol u joker

    i agree we should just get behind the team at emirates, they will definitely need our support

  • Dondatta13

    Aug 29, 2008 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #38

    Owen to Spurs plus cash for Berbatov … There I said it Better to have an opinion than sit on the fence lol. Like KK says, any player has his price,19528,12876_4065693,00.html

    Ashley has been seething (aledgedly) loosing out to Spurs for the signing of Modric and Woodgate, what a way to feel better than to take there enigmatic frontman ….

    Now, let the firing squad shoot me down ..

  • beyethegreat

    Aug 29, 2008 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #39

    good points trust by the way what does everyone think of allardyce

  • Jimi

    Aug 29, 2008 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #40

    @ Trust KK….

    What the hell is this comment all about….”He scores goals, but what else does he provide?”

    What else do you want Owen to provide? A menu, a knife and fork?



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