LMA Says Keegan Hasn’t Resigned – In Talks With Board


The LMA (League Managers’ Association) has said that Kevin Keegan has not resigned his post as Newcastle United manager.

Kevin Keegan – hasn’t resigned – talking to Board – good

The Newcastle club, after utter confusion almost all day yesterday, surrounding the status of Kevin Keegan, who was thought to have resigned or been sacked, issued a statement saying that, for clarification purposes, they had not in fact sacked Keegan.

This morning the LMA has said Kevin has not quit his job, and the full statement on the LMA website, www.leaguemanagers.com, read as follows:

“Kevin Keegan has been in discussions with the LMA chief executive Richard Bevan.”

“Over the course of the next few days Kevin will be communicating with the club’s board to discuss a number of important issues.”

“Richard Bevan said: ‘Newcastle football club and its fans are massively important to Kevin and he has not resigned as manager of the club.”

“The LMA will keep supporters, media and other stakeholders within the game fully informed of developments’.”

Since the club has said he has not been sacked and now the LMA, supposedly on behalf of Kevin, has said he has not resigned, let’s see now, it would appear that Kevin is still manager of Newcastle United, and that’s really good news after what we were being told yesterday.

We think both sides stepped back from the brink, probably based on the complete outrage from the fans, and as we’ve said before, right now Kevin Keegan is Newcastle United.

And not only that, but they are communicating again after their apparent bust-up on the afternoon of the final day of the transfer market.  And the fact that they said Newcastle fans are massively important to Kevin, would suggest he heard them yesterday, and their protests and cries for him not to leave.

We hope this can be cleared up quickly, and hopefully the club can learn from this display of silence that no communication, as we’ve said many times, just doesn’t work.

And more than that – it’s almost a slap in the face for the fans – who after all – are the customers of Newcastle United Football Club, and who have once again been left in the dark, and treated with disrespect, if not contempt.

We hope this mess can be cleared up today, but the LMA statement suggests it may take a few days.

We’d like to see a press conference between Kevin and Mike Ashley, just as soon as possible, although we doubt Ashley will be there, so it may be left again to Kevin to explain exactly what has been going on.

There’s one thing that is clear however, and that is it’s small wonder, with this type of circus, that we have become the laughing stock of football.

And that’s a real shame, because it’s our great club that has taken another blow to its image.

That’s the really sad thing.

Let’s not forget that after all the bickering and fighting that has seemingly gone on, the important thing in all of this is Newcastle United Football Club – the club that many of us love and have supported with pride and passion all our lives.

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94 comments so far

  • Kevin Nichol

    Sep 3, 2008 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #1

    Arise sir Kevin Keegan……

    Like a phoenix from the flames you have risen from the depths of defeat; to lead our great Geordie army to victory!

    Mr. Keegan we salute you! You have not let thy fat Ashley and thy dwarfly Wise run you into the chasms of defeat!

    The king is not dead!!!!!!

    Long live the King x

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  • WesToon

    Sep 3, 2008 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #2

    PLS Newcastle just sort this out FFS!!!
    We are being made a mockery of,by every single other supporter of other clubs!!

    NUFC has soooo much potential,BUT it seems as though my beloved TOON may be cursed!!
    Nothing ever seems to go right here!!

    PLS KK DONT WALK

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  • Steven

    Sep 3, 2008 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #3

    After Milner’s sale, KK said we must not judge him til after the window closes. Ashley has hugely undermined KK’s ability to effectively manage our club.

    WE will stick behind KK, he goes, there will be mayhem.

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  • wolfhound

    Sep 3, 2008 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #4

    thank god theres not a match this week as it gives the new players a chance to see what a circus sideshow they have joined

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  • Stami

    Sep 3, 2008 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #5

    KING KEVS BLACK AND WHITE ARMY!!!

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  • The Legend Of Jonas

    Sep 3, 2008 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #6

    Ed, there was absolutely no confusion what so ever yesterday.. One rag spouted it off as a rumour, and then most people just dived headlong into it without actually taking a step back and realising that NUFC had said absolutely nothing – Until they made the statement on nufc.com..

    There is no wonder we have such a bad reputation as fans. All day yesterday it was ‘Ashley out’.. Yet nothing has happened, and I’ll repeat again, nothing came out of NUFC.

    Maybe, just maybe, it’s a case of Keegan spitting his dummy and wanting to leave. Maybe it’s Keegan who has a disregard for the club if he just wants to bid willy nilly for players without so much of a thought to the future financial structure.

    There’s always two sides to every story. We need to stop looking at Keegan through rose tinted specs and be more realistic as he has walked out of every club he’s managed – The England job also..

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  • Stami

    Sep 3, 2008 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #7

    i think after the fans display yesterday Ashley realised that he would need to sell the club if he did indeed let KK go! as the fans are the heart and soul of this club!

    UP THE TOON

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  • Dave Hill

    Sep 3, 2008 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #8

    Seems to me it`s a power stuggle between Keegan & Wise and hopefully Keegan wins this mess.
    This whole thing is turning out to be a nightmare for us Toon army fans all i keep hearing of my mates is that Keegans walked again.

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  • Ageordiedoonsooth

    Sep 3, 2008 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #9

    Never thought I would ever say this but I wish Fat Freddie was still in charge. At least he is a Geordie & lives in the North East.

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  • Richy

    Sep 3, 2008 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #10

    This is great news and sounds like a wise (no pun intended) move by KK using the LMA to put out a statment and take heat off for a few days I just hope this now simmers down and they can sort things out cos I am really proud to have an english manager and an english owner in amongst all the crap going on in Football

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  • greg p

    Sep 3, 2008 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #11

    Financial issue’s must be keeping KK here at the moment anyway as Ashley bailed out his soccer academies to get him here. He won’t risk that going tits up so needs to play carefully.
    The only way out for KK is constructive dismissal which will drag the club through even more hell.

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  • The Legend Of Jonas

    Sep 3, 2008 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #12

    @Ageordiedoonsooth – Absolutely no way man! We were just months away from imploding and doing a Leeds. Maybe even worse than that..

    In fact, yeah.. Let’s get FFS back. Maybe he will bring Souness back to the club and in turn re-sign Luque for 38 million, on 150,000 a week. He’ll then sell Martins and bring in Kevin Davies, ’cause he likes to get stuck in’. Play Jonas in the ‘holding midfield role because that’s where I played’ – And then put Enrique up front and give him the arm band ’cause ‘he’s my type of player’..

    With fans like us, who needs rivals?!?

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  • hadrian

    Sep 3, 2008 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #13

    In keegan we trust !!!

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  • Stami

    Sep 3, 2008 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #14

    i dont trust little Dennis Wise, his eyes are too close together…!

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  • hadrian

    Sep 3, 2008 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #15

    legend of jonas

    stop spreading nonsense , months away from doing a leeds , that was scare tactics of the highest order , we had interest payments of 5 mill a year on the debt .
    compare that to manures 70mill per year .

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  • James

    Sep 3, 2008 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #16

    Some quarters are speculating that the board tried to sell Barton to Portsmouth or Villa, and Owen to Spurs. All three of those clubs have already said they’ve never had discussions about taking Barton or Owen. So that’s nonsense.

    I don’t think it’s about selling players, it’s about not buying the ones he asked for and bringing in 2 players he’d never heard of. Simple as.

    As we all know KEEGAN MUST STAY and DENNIS WISE MUST GO.

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  • YellowBelly

    Sep 3, 2008 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #17

    Show down

    KK can not walk because of the money and the board can not sack him because of the money and the fans.

    4 things can happen

    1)Either KK will have to roll over and do as he is told to Wise and Co.
    2)KK will not roll over and Ashley will give KK power over Wise.
    3)KK will not roll over and the conflict will effect the dressing room until something else happens.
    4)They will reach a settlement figure in the next few days.

    option 2 will not happen so we are screwed.

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  • The Legend Of Jonas

    Sep 3, 2008 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #18

    @hadrian – Maybe that was a bit over the top, but we certainly were not in good shape..

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  • D.C.

    Sep 3, 2008 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #19

    Whatever actually happened is pretty much irrelevant at this point, everything just needs to be ironed out and come to a conclusion ASAP.

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  • Rab

    Sep 3, 2008 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #20

    legend of jonas speaks some truth here (first post). Dont get me wrong I think Keegan is great for the club and I believe he must be fuming with the transfer of players both in and out of the club but you have two sides to every story.

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  • hadrian

    Sep 3, 2008 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #21

    legend of jonas

    but we were in no way of doing a leeds , what we would have sturggled todo with fat git freddy was find money for investment in players in the comming seasons .
    but again , a net spend of 2 mill this summer were no better of with the new fat man .

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  • Stami

    Sep 3, 2008 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #22

    i agree James, Wise must pick up and push off! that shrewed little basta…

    he came to the toon with one thing in mind…’i will be manager here’! he is stiring the proverbial pot, and we have had enough!

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  • James

    Sep 3, 2008 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #23

    The most annoying thing is that this happens at lots of clubs, with Managers having spats with their board, but you never hear about it. They just get back together and get on with their jobs.

    But at Newcastle it’s hung out to dry for everyone to see.

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  • Geordie SPIDERMAN18 (GG7)

    Sep 3, 2008 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #24

    today is the day!! im flying up today as i am visiting family, i will definatley be outside of the ground, i have had enough of this shite, i knew kev would walk as ashley and wise are cockney tools, i really hope that bloke that steve mcmahon blokes group takes us over, no one back down, we now have to get rid of that tool ashley

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  • dick

    Sep 3, 2008 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #25

    your wrong to say KK may be staying, todays talks are all about compensation, meeting full of lawyers, constructive dismissal and all that. Same as yesterday, lawyers at that meeting too

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  • Geordie SPIDERMAN18 (GG7)

    Sep 3, 2008 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #26

    i think kk may need to go so this mess can be sorted out finaly, get new owners in then install the king as manager again

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  • matt

    Sep 3, 2008 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #27

    if kk really loves this club, he wont leave. enough of the “he wears his heart on his sleeve” BS. it’s an excuse. we all have to do things with the betterment of other people in our lives, or ourselves. he has a job and i expect him to fulfill it. i wash dishes ffs! im up to my chin in filthy, nasty, horrid matter. i hate my job, but i do it because i have myself in mind, and giving up just because something is too tough is completely unacceptable. im an ivy league grad here in the US, and i wash dishes because no work. KK represents a vast amount of fans from every corner of the globe. if he WALKS, good riddance. if SACKED, now that’s a different story

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  • hitman

    Sep 3, 2008 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #28

    wise has a lot to answer for if ashley has any sense he will give wise the chop,wise tryed to play keegan and it back fired big time..byebye you little stain

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  • Geordie SPIDERMAN18 (GG7)

    Sep 3, 2008 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #29

    ed do you know of anyway we can get hold of the club?

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  • rooks

    Sep 3, 2008 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #30

    WISE MUST GO!

    With that little t!t hanging around in the background waiting for his chance the sitaution just will not work, with Keegan or any manager.
    Even if this dispute gets resolved it’s only a matter of time – he’s now shown that he cannot be trusted to represent the fans best interests or support the manager.

    We should make make our feelings clear about the little f**ker starting next home game, hopefully he will get the message & crawl back under his stinking cockney barrow.

    a feel a petition coming on…

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  • James

    Sep 3, 2008 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #31

    One thing of interest did happen yesterday.

    “A close personal friend” of Keegan’s came on Sky Sports and said Keegan told the board to sell Milner when he heard the price because he was stunned someone would pay £12 million for him, and that it was ASHLEY who was against selling Milner. But KK said the price was too good to refuse.

    He obviously thought getting a replacement wouldn’t be a problem.

    But this bloke said Ashley was not happy that KK was getting rid of Milner and keeping someone like Barton.

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  • MattyDread

    Sep 3, 2008 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #32

    I think we’re missing Chris Mort at the mo. He was actually a really good chairman, despite not being a football man.

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  • Geordie SPIDERMAN18 (GG7)

    Sep 3, 2008 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #33

    matt shut up you tool, king kev is being bullied by wise, llambias and its all from that fat c u n t. they are trying to use there bully boy tactics to try and force him out

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  • The Legend Of Jonas

    Sep 3, 2008 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #34

    @hadrian – Neither of us know the full extent, but why would Ashley lie about clearing 80 million worth of debt – And if it was a lie, then why did FFS not pipe up (He’s good at that) and say so?

    I find it hard to imagine that we were making a profit, and the wage bill over the last few years must’ve been heart stopping.

    You can take Manure as an example, but the fact is, is that they make a huge amount of money, and now they are worth 3 times as much now as what the Glaziers paid.

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  • James

    Sep 3, 2008 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #35

    @MattyDread – completely agree. No matter what happens I for one say CHRIS MORT IS ALWAYS WELCOME AT THE TOON!

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  • ELFER

    Sep 3, 2008 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #36

    Dear ED,
    Dear Fans,

    I’m swiss and I love the toon, unfortunately I’m not a true born geordie and some of you might argue I cannot understand true geordism…that’s not true! I’m a fan for now 21 years! I know!

    Anyway, 5 days ago I felt I had to write a letter to KK…it seems that he resigned and then just read that letter. There where words from my deepest heart in it (I’m not joking) and I think this together with the protests changed KKs mind. At least I hope he will now change the club for good, so that this had also something good in the end…

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  • Stami

    Sep 3, 2008 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #37

    you are smoking crack if you think that KK will come back to the toon for a 3rd try! if he leaves now it will be for good!

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  • nando

    Sep 3, 2008 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #38

    i told you on saturday that owen was off to spurs and now the story is leaking that he was being sold behind kks back. i also said that kk would walk over it. on monday i mentioned this blog in the sun (which has hopefully added some revenue for Ed Harrison if he has taken advantage of the extra hits)

    KK wont walk out after the show of support by the fans but ashley is trying to force him out. 2 players keegan was told would be on there way werent even in negotiations as ashley vetoed the deals while telling kk he was doing all he could to sign both players.

    Ashley wants kk out but wants him to walk. wise doesnt think kk is up to the job and has told ashley his feelings. Poyet will not be your new manager though . Wise wants the job but 100% wont get it.

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  • Bill F Ash Didn't Splash :(

    Sep 3, 2008 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #39

    So who is taking the training at present. The new (few) players need to be aware of who is in charge, or not?

    Xisco to Nachez:- I did not realise Mr Keegan was such a, how you say, a short-arse!!

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  • Geordie SPIDERMAN18 (GG7)

    Sep 3, 2008 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #40

    kk does not take training

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