So our readers are completely up to date – here are all the quotes since Kevin Keegan resigned tonight as Newcastle United manager.
Kevin Keegan – resigned tonight
Kevin issued this statement through the LMA::
“I’ve been working desperately hard to find a way forward with the directors, but sadly that has not proved possible,”
“It’s my opinion that a manager must have the right to manage and that clubs should not impose upon any manager any player that he does not want.”
“It remains my fervent wish to see Newcastle United do well in the future and I feel incredibly sorry for the players, staff and most importantly the supporters.”
“I have been left with no choice other than to leave.”
This is what the Newcastle United official statement says:
“Newcastle United Football Club is sad and disappointed that Kevin Keegan has resigned.”
Over the last few days the Club has devoted itself to the discussions it has held with Kevin and as a result of those discussions had put together a set of practical suggestions for how to move forward.”
“Today the Club made it clear to Kevin that if he had any outstanding concerns on its proposals, he should raise them with the Club.”
“The Club regrets that Kevin has, instead of taking up that offer, chosen to resign.
Just let us translate the club”s statement above – so we all understand what it says: “It’s all Kevin’s fault.”
The LMA issued this statement tonight also:
“The letter which Kevin received today from managing director Derek Llambias has failed to resolve the matters at issue between him and the club, and accordingly he feels he has no alternative other than to resign.”
They sent him the steps by letter? Give me a break – that’s no way to communicate things so important to Newcastle United Football Club and its fans – give me a break.
LMA chief executive, Richard Bevan, said:
“The LMA has been supporting Kevin during a very difficult period. We share his great disappointment and frustration that the situation could not be resolved.”