Mike Ashley will face a very unhappy squad if Newcastle United do not succeed in efforts to keep Kevin Keegan at the club.
Mike Ashley – in America – and then off to Barbados
The Daily Mirror is reporting today that Kevin had two meetings with the club’s board yesterday in an attempt to work something out so that he could remain manager.
But it does seem that Kevin’s main problem is that he doesn’t have total control of who comes and who goes on the playing side of things, and we really find that amazing.
If it’s true what has been reported that selling was going on without his knowledge that is just inexcusable and Kevin had every right to walk out.
It also appears that owner Mike Ashley is away on business in America – and he is even planning a holiday in Barbados, but unless this mess at his club is sorted out soon, he should cancel that holiday, that’s for sure.
A friend of Ashley’s said:
“As far as Mike is concerned it’s carry on as usual at Newcastle United.”
Well that’s an amazing statement, and it’s NOT business as usual at Newcastle, we may be a chaotic club, but this is not the norm.
News is also filtering through that Kevin is very keen to stay at the club, and make it all work.
But also news that some of the Newcastle players are shocked at the crisis at the club, and some are describing it as a shambles, and there will certainly be great unrest among the players should Kevin leave.
It’s clear that players were upset after learning yesterday that Keegan himself was informed that any of them could be sold on Monday.
It appears that Keegan’s future hinges now on repairing his shattered relationship with chairman Derek Llambias. But who is Llambias? One of Ashley’s cohorts who has no experience in football management, so one thing we’d suggest is that Mike replace Derek – he’s hardly an important figure on the Newcastle board, let’s face it.
And it’s going to be very difficult to have Dennis Wise in a similar role he was in – without Kevin in some way directing him what to do.
Newcastle legend Chris Waddle said:
“It was easy for Ashley to bring in Kevin as it was a popular choice with the fans, and he knew he couldn’t go wrong with that.”
“But Kevin is very strong willed and he’ll have thought, ‘If I am to get this team back to where I left it, in the top four, I’ll need to invest lots of money’. He needed people to back him like the former owner Sir John Hall did.”
And ever popular Sir Les Ferdinand chipped in yesterday with these words:
“The first time round, Kevin had total control of the club. People did what he wanted them to do. It was Kevin Keegan’s club.
“This time, it seems very different. I’ve just seen that enthusiasm wane because he doesn’t have that control.”
His players, past and present always support Kevin, and that shows you the influence he has on his players and the squad. It’s little mystery why he always seems to get the very best out of them.
The club must get this sorted out as soon as possible, and then tell it’s customers, the fans, what happened, and how we are going to move forward as a club, with whatever new organization structure they come out with.
Please make it sooner rather than later.