Last night Kevin Keegan was given the backing of the Newcastle City Council, in the ongoing discussions about his future as Newcastle United manager.
Negotiations have been going on since Tuesday, following the blow-up between Kevin and the Newcastle Board, presumably over transfer policy, and who has final say on who leaves or goes.
But in all honesty, we still don’t know exactly what it’s all about, since the press and the fans have been told very little by the club. The club just MUST communicate better in the future with their fans, because this is getting to be little short of ridiculous.
Newcastle councilors unanimously passed a motion last night calling for an end to the confusion at Newcastle United and said they regretted the bad publicity that has yet again been caused to the club. Good for them.
Nick Forbes, the Labor leader of the opposition on Newcastle City Council, brought up the motion last night which said:
“Council recognizes the widespread public support for Kevin Keegan, and knows how much he means to Newcastle United fans.”
“Council believes that he is an asset to the club, the city and the wider community and expresses its support for his continuation in the role of manager.”
“Council regrets the adverse publicity being caused as a result of the current situation and urges Newcastle United (which has been awarded freedom of the city by the council) and Kevin Keegan to come to a mutually acceptable agreement which will allow Mr Keegan to remain in post and manage the team effectively.”
David Faulkner, who is the deputy leader of Newcastle City Council and executive member for policy development and coordination, and who seconded the motion, also said:
“This is an issue that is more than just a contractual issue between employer and employee.”“Because of the special place of Newcastle United in our community, it affects
the reputation of the club and to an extent the city.”
“We hope that it can be resolved soon and that Kevin Keegan stays, with his
position both clarified and enhanced.”
The state of affairs which now exists and has exited for almost three days now, must be brought to an end, and this is hardly the way to run a football club, or any business for that matter.
The Board is demonstrating they have no idea how to run a football club, which is not surprising because Ashley’s people, like Llambias, have no experience in this business whatsoever, and the sooner a Chairman, experienced in managing a football club is hired, the better for all concerned.
But this situation just cannot go on much longer, and lo and behold if Kevin ends up leaving the club, after all of this, because the flood-gates will then really open.