The statement issued by the club and probably written by Derek Llambias, seems to us a note almost from him to Mike Ashley, on how come Kevin has resigned?
Derek Llambias – leading the Board in the Keegan negotiations
The statement released tonight is an odd one, and seems to contain some animosity towards Kevin, and says the club were going ahead with discussions, and had put some steps together they had asked Kevin to comment on, yet Kevin just resigned.
The statement almost seems to have been written for Mike Ashley’s consumption, to explain from his own people just why this mess has erupted yet again. It also pinpoints the “blame”, or should we say the “responsibility” squarely at Kevin’s feet.
It would appear that Kevin didn’t like the steps at all that had been put in place, and rather than get back to the Board, he could have been so fed up with them, and maybe even Derek Llambias himself, that he resigned. But that’s pure speculation on our part.
Again – here is the statement issued tonight by the Newcastle Board, about an hour after the news broke on the Keegan resignation:
“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.”
Ashley will now need to say something about all of this, and explain to the fans just how come Kevin has finally walked, after he spent almost a full three days with the Board.
And we cannot imagine the Newcastle players are in much better spirits than the fans themselves tonight, after hearing the news. The Newcastle fans are shocked to the core.
It’s also left Mike with hardly a leg to stand on – and this soap opera may not be over yet, and we hope Mike got the news while he was not busy eating, since he would probably have thrown up at the news.
The fans need to hear a much fuller and more complete explanation from the club about all of this, including what Kevin’s concerns were, and how the Board would not, or could not, rectify those concerns over the three day meeting.
The fans also need to hear what owner Mike Ashley has to say about all this, because after all, he does own the club.
This may not be over yet.
Comments and opinions always welcome.