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.