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.