The saga that started today, with reports that Kevin Keegan had resigned as manager of Newcastle, and then that he had in fact been sacked, is regrettably not over.
Kevin Keegan – negotiating how to get out of contract?
The Daily Mail is reporting that Kevin Keegan was in discussions with his lawyers last night, as he was seeing how he could extricate himself from his contract.
Apparently Kevin is in a Manchester hotel with his legal advisers, and it seems to be about compensation on his salary, that he must pay Newcastle if he walks out.
While most of us had hoped that this would blow over by this morning, and that Kevin would even be back at Newcastle to take training, The Mail is saying that his family and friends think his time is over at Newcastle.
Apparently the contract he signed states that he must pay more than £1M in compensation to the club, if he walks out. This is obviously based on his past behavior at Newcastle, England and Manchester City when he resigned rather abruptly, in each case. And that could also explain why he is telling friends he was sacked, and did not resign.
The Mail is reporting that Keegan is looking at legal maneuvers on how to resolve the situation by not actually resigning.
What’s said to be upsetting Kevin, and why it seems he has had enough, after only eight months in charge are some of the following:
- The overall transfer policy of the club
- The failure of the club, after almost four months of asking, to tie down Michael Owen to a new contract
- The specific role of Football Director Dennis Wise
- The aborted sale of Joey Barton yesterday, when Newcastle were reported to have found potential buyers (though to be Aston Villa and Portsmouth) for Joey, but Keegan did not want to sell him
- The sale of James Milner to Aston Villa last Friday, which Kevin at the time said was his decision, but we have to seriously doubt that now – becasue remember James is a player who Kevin called an absolute gem and only a couple of days before had said he didn’t even want to even talk about James leaving
It appears at the meeting yesterday afternoon, they discussed the various moves for players which had broken down, and would not therefore happen, and it looks like Keegan had walked out following a shouting match between Kevin and the Board.
Kevin believes he has been given promises, which have not been fulfilled, and the bottom line is that if Kevin feels he can no longer manage the club, then so be it, but it’s another disaster for The Newcastle United Football Club.
And Kevin should know that if he walks away from the club this time, he is also walking away from the many Newcastle United Fans, who couldn’t have done more today, to let him know they want him to stay on and take the club back to greatness.
Whatever happens we’ll probably know the score tomorrow, in what looks like the next episode of The Newcastle United Football Club Soap Opera.
But make no mistake, it was our great and proud club, yesterday and today, that has lost out big time.