Keegan Must Be In Complete Control On Playing Side

Fans of Newcastle United Football Club last night were furious at the club for presumably having sacked Kevin Keegan as manager.

Kevin Keegan – must make all decisions in playing side

Kevin Keegan is said to have resigned as Newcastle United manager in disgust after stars including Michael Owen were offered for sale behind his back.

A club source said:

“His position became untenable.”

The proverbial club source claimed Keegan walked out after eight months, because Owen, controversial midfielder Joey Barton and striker Alan Smith were all offered for sale at the last minute on Monday, by the club.

The source said:

“The deadline day became a joke. Keegan was not happy at the sale of Milner but prepared to sanction it so long as he got the £12M to spend.”

“But then he discovered the club was trying to get rid of Barton and Smith, even though he did not have any fit strikers.”

“The players brought in were not his signings either. He had not seen them play. His position had become untenable.”

His position this morning has been cleared up somewhat by the LMA, who said that Kevin has not in fact resigned his position as manager.

The role of former Leeds manager Dennis Wise, who occupies the position of executive director of football at the club, has to be discussed in depth, because if Dennis has influence on who comes and goes, the structure at the club will not work, and certainly hasn’t seemed to work so far.

Keegan has been unhappy with the club’s lack of signings over the summer and particularly in the last few days of the transfer window.

It started last week, completely out of the blue when we heard last Wednesday that James Milner, of all people, wanted a transfer.

Getting £12M for James from Aston Villa was a good deal for the club and it looks like Kevin went along with that, only if he could spend the £10M (we got 80% of fee Leeds got 20%) before the end of the transfer window.

But it looks like that money has not been spent, and not only that, but his squad, which is very small, was almost reduced further, when Owen, Barton and Smith were also thought to be made available by the Board.

If this is true, and we don’t know if it is, then Kevin’s position is indeed untenable.

It may now take some time to work through this, but it may be necessary for Mike Ashley to reorganize more under Kevin’s control, because it’s clear now, if it wasn’t before, that Kevin must be responsible for everything on the playing side of things.

Anything else will not work, and anything else will not have Kevin at the club when the dust settles.

Comments welcome.

228 comments so far

  • ToonEskimo

    Sep 3, 2008 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #1

    morning ed…

  • matthewT

    Sep 3, 2008 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #2

    from the beginning, i have no idea why dennis wise this position is needed …

  • magmick

    Sep 3, 2008 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #3

    wots going on at newcastle? we the fans need some answers. It cant be good for the morale of the squad all this speculation rumours and stories flying about. If it is true that owen barton and smith were put up for sale late on monday and they had gone what would we of done with our squad when we saw how small it was against arsenal when we had a couple of injuries.We need some answers

  • hitman

    Sep 3, 2008 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #4

    keegan has to be in total control of first team affairs,if hes not it will never work,ashley must realise this now,or where in the soup,,wise must go he has cused mayhem at the club but we all knew he would..

  • Bill F Ash Didn't Splash :(

    Sep 3, 2008 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #5

    I don’t think we will know anything till KK himself decides to make a statement. Anything he does say could be coloured by compensation terms, thats assuming the worst and he has walked. So it could be some time, if ever, that we get the full story. It does seem to be one of those moments where Occams razor can be applied however.

  • ToonEskimo

    Sep 3, 2008 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #6

    If this is the case I doubt KK will be back as he’s a man of principle, I guess he’ll hanker for the “mutual consent” deal. To be honest it looks like he’s been used as a pr pawn throughout his term with most his press conferences being somebody else’s words with Wise and his cronies running the club in the background.
    KK’s not comfortable lying to the fans so I think he’ll be off 🙁

  • Mark-O

    Sep 3, 2008 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #7

    God only knows whats going on here lads!!!

    If Ashley hasn’t backed Keegan then he has broken his word (i’m aware that means nothing in football today!!)

    If Keegan couldnt attract the players here then its either Joey Bartons image tarnishing the club or the boards decision not to put up the cash for wages.

    I hope to god he doesnt go and gets some loan signings in before that window shuts, then permanent deals in Jan.

    I’m not gonna jump to any conclusions until a statement has been made!!!

    Until then i’ll still be walking in a Keegan wonderland (all be it without a sense of direction) 🙂

  • JakartaDean

    Sep 3, 2008 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #8

    Who thinks we need Dennis Wise?

  • Nick C

    Sep 3, 2008 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #9


  • hitman

    Sep 3, 2008 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #10

    who reckons ashley and wise wil be at the hull game…

  • lesh

    Sep 3, 2008 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #11

    Mike Ashley’s in avery difficult positon here. He appointed Kevin and the club’s so-called Board – including an Executive Director (football) who Alex Ferguson once said would start a fight in an empty room. Not a very bright appointment!

    On top of that, an MD who presides over a board that’s based in and operates from London, 300 miles from operations – again, not very bright moves. Appointing him’s akin to putting King Herod in charge of a creche!

    They in turn, appear to have bought and influenced the sale of players without due reference to the Manager.

    OK, Kevin’s his own man and he clearly needs to be carefully managed and moreso, involved in operational management.

    Difficuly for Ashley – how to save face in the turmoil of a backlash which featured on national TV news, along with the economy, Iraq, the USA.

    How does Ashley get out of this mess?

    He needs to save face, save the faces of his so called board who may have acted at times without reference to him, and retain the services of a potentaily great manager. All that without being seen to have climbed down to his demands. But how?

    Llambetis (or whatever his name is) is leaving, wouldn’t it be an opportunity to for him to be called away on a family matter or something.

    Similarly, perhaps Wise’s talents could be used elsewhere in Ashley’s empire? Hmmm, tricky! What am I driving at? Get the MD and Executive Director (Football) out of circulation and give Kevin a way back. It’s a bloody mess and it needs to be sorted… quick.

    Notice the way it’s all gone belly up since Mort moved on?

    Kevin, you need to think constructively too and toe the line a bit. Kevin, within reason, go along with whatever’s offered. You’ve got to save face, not be seen to have won (Ashley’d never go with that and you know it) and most of all, get your backside back where you belong – people have alot of faith in you Kevin, don’t let em down.

  • JMC

    Sep 3, 2008 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #12

    You may have already read this but there’s another interview about Keegan on sky sports with that Bevan guy from the LMA:,19528,11661_4089291,00.html

    I wonder what all the ‘issuses that need ironing out’ are?

    Ed, could you shed some light in another thread?

  • Simon

    Sep 3, 2008 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #13

    What a disgrace. Newcastle is agian the laughing stock of the premier league. You try to stay positive as a fan even throughout a realatively insucessful transfer window, but even now when the manager doesn’t have faith in how the club is run how can we? So annoying, the squad may be small, however it will function as a top half contender under Keegan. Without him at the helm, we will be staring relegation in the face and back to square one again. You have to wonder who is to blame here, lets see how much more smoke is blown up our arse before we actually get some real information and clarification.

  • Ian

    Sep 3, 2008 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #14

    Let us all get one thing straight, Newcastle United is not the laughing stock of the premiership, Mike Ashley is.

    Employing mates to run a £200m business who have little or no experience!!!

    Bringing them in to an industry where the employees who put fans in their seats and move the club up the table increasing media revenue are top of the food chain, everyone has to fall in behind managers and players who can do this.

    That is why the likes of Jose and Ferguson as managers and Drogba, Berbatov and Ronaldo wield so much power and why multi billionaires tolerate and bow to their demands.

    Because football is in every single paper and on every TV in the land an individual has to be deaf blind and stupid not to know this.

    Keegan filled the stadium and moved the club up the table, that is called doing your job properly, he is of number one importance to the club, he is in such an unbelievable high pressure job everything at the club must be structured to assist him with this work, how can anyone fail to know this is the only way to run a premiership club, never mind a succesful one???

    Beyond belief.

  • hitman

    Sep 3, 2008 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #15

    bevans says keegan is worried the way the club is being run and for the fans,lads the club is in a reet mess,the only way for ashley to save face in my opinon is to sell up..but one thing is for sure he has to act now sell up or give wise the sack and let keegan have total control of the first team affairs

  • Taiwantoon

    Sep 3, 2008 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #16

    Picture of DW on the blog front page is making me really sick…I can no longer stand seeing him every time I visit here.

    KK is the King and MA should realise this.

  • toonoot

    Sep 3, 2008 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #17

    Bil @ 5: Not to be confused with the Sword of Democles 🙂

  • Ericles

    Sep 3, 2008 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #18

    KK has got to have full managerial control. If Ashley really wants KK as manager then he has got to get rid of Wise and send away Llambias to do some gardening until he too leaves. The mr Mike we the fans, in cooperation with KK and the players, will show you how to run a football club properly. NUFC is not a sportswear shop and the sooner you get that into your head the better. You saw the protests yesterday – well we have got thousands more from where they came from! SUPPORT KK ALL THE WAY. HOWAY.

  • TerryMacsPerm

    Sep 3, 2008 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #19

    If Keegan goes which I now am praying he will not. Mr Ashley, Llambias, Wise etc will have to follow there is now no way they can stay Wise and Llambias especially because by all accounts they are the two who have been the catlyst for this. Ashley either needs to accept full responsibility for being chairman and let Keegan get on with the job of managing or he needs to sell up cos his current way of doing things is tearing this club apart

  • ronaldeano

    Sep 3, 2008 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #20

    If this whole fiasco dosent tell Mike Ashley that running a football club is an incredibly different kettle of fish than running a sport shop, he is even more of a mong than what i first took him for.

    If it is true that he tried to sell OWEN (of all people) and Barton behind Keegans back, then what does that tell you?

    This bloke Mike Ashley, and i have been saying it for months, is an extreemly greedy man indeed.

    If he has any sense, he will admit that when he purchased a club as huge as the great Newcastle United, he got way in over his fat little head.

    Hopefully he will see the light and sell up to a big company that wants to invest money in taking the club forwards, not backwards

  • King-Habib

    Sep 3, 2008 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #21

    Arabs, anyone?


  • hitman

    Sep 3, 2008 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #22

    one thing is for sure with yesterdays uproar keegan holds all the aces,the board must of sh!t themselves when they seen the toon army oot in force..

  • Cockney Magpie

    Sep 3, 2008 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #23

    i would love a set of Arabs right now, jus to sit back give Kev the money and let him run the show

  • AdamCF

    Sep 3, 2008 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #24

    All I can say is when something happens at Newcastle it’s always spectacular.

  • AdamCF

    Sep 3, 2008 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #25

    Just remember guys.. if Keegan resigns he has to cough up 1mil. This is why everyone close to it have said that he hasn’t been sacked.

  • Slam Dunc

    Sep 3, 2008 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #26

    The issue here is a very simple one and easy to fix:

    So come on Ashley, sort it out !!

  • clinta

    Sep 3, 2008 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #27

    it’s over with KK i think? If he does an about turn and remains at the club it’s hardly going to work well the relationship between him and the board, and lets face it the board are going to do most things the way the want to!

    can’t see them changing the whole system (whether right or wrong) they’ve put in place to keep KK happy?

  • Newcastle is getting crazier and crazier.

    First no signings to cover the leftback and etc.

    Now rumors about KK’s resignation.

    People are laughing at us.

  • shearer4pm

    Sep 3, 2008 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #29

    liverpool are gettin arabs too now

    english owners are over rated


    VERY overrated

    bin laden’s brother ne1??

  • shearer4pm

    Sep 3, 2008 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #30

    if people remember duff played very well at left back a bit in his debut season, and zog

    not saying this is acceptable cus it aint but if push comes to shove

  • Baldynapper

    Sep 3, 2008 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #31

    Do you not think that MA hired DL in the Managing Director position in order to give him a wage so trhat in a back handed way he could pay back some of his gambling debts?

    Seems strange to me that DL comes in stays for literally a few months then nicks off. I know the same happened with Mort but at least from the start everyone knew that he was only here for a year to broker the deal and to get the club on “a level footing”.

    Job’s for the boy’s stinks and Ash is suffering for it now.

  • hadrian

    Sep 3, 2008 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #32

    Llambias seems to have had a large part in this considering we have never heard from the guy .
    i miss mort , we at least heard from him and he always came across well

  • Bill F Ash Didn't Splash :(

    Sep 3, 2008 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #33

    AdamCF, I think he will be going down the constructive dismissall route and will in fact be claiming compensation rather than paying anything back.

  • toonoot

    Sep 3, 2008 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #34

    Ian @ 13: That’s the most sensible item I’ve read these past two days. Well said.

  • ronaldeano

    Sep 3, 2008 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #36

    Ahley will sell up, because whatever happens now, he has lost all support of the fans.

    He said he bought this club to have some fun?

    Well its not going to be much fun from now on Mike eh!!!!

    Ive said it millions of times before and il say it again

    “Get lost Mike you fat, greedy, penny pinching MONG” 🙂

  • Mark-O

    Sep 3, 2008 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #37

    I’d just love to see a chairman who backs the manager both publicly and in the transfer market and stands by the decisions that manger makes!!

    Ashley has got all the right qualities, well… i say that… i mean he has a fat wallet, but he needs to realize that this club is’nt a toy!!!

    Like i said before im gonna reserve my judgement until an offical statement has been made!

  • The Entertainers

    Sep 3, 2008 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #38

    I know the source of the bad luck at SJP:

    It is Mike Ashley’s shirts.!!!!

    Firstly he wore the black n white shirt with Smith on the back and he couldnt hit a barn door now.

    Next it was Kev and the rest is history….

    Be worried Coloccini, be very worried…

  • Slam Dunc

    Sep 3, 2008 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #39

    Brilliantly said Ian at comment 13.

    Running a Premier League club is very simple. Ask Alex Ferguson or Arsene Wenger.

    Get the best manager you can, give him total control of football matters, give him as much money as you can afford to invest in the team.

  • steve

    Sep 3, 2008 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #40

    What a shambles, Wise and Llambias must obviously take a large part of the blame although who knows if they are just carrying out Ashleys direct instructions (i.e sell anyone we can get money for and buy potential that we can sell on for profit)
    These are dark days indeed, I’m noty sure how Keegan, Wise and Llambias can all stay in thier jobs and work together with all that has gone on and imagine that the “talks” are to discuss exactly that.
    Why else would Keegan get the LMA involved (I’m not sure I’ve ever heard of them getting involved in meetings between the board and manager other than to discuss severance)

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