Some news about the meeting on Tuesday is starting to emerge, but whether it’s true or not is hard to say.
Kevin Keegan – leading the training at Newcastle
It’s from The Sun, so we’ll take it with a pinch of salt, but what they say doesn’t seem too surprising – but there again maybe that’s an indication that it’s just made up.
At the meeting on Tuesday, that Mike Ashley attended, following the rumpus between Keegan and Llambias the previous day, Kevin was said to ask for the following things to keep him at the club:
- Executive Director of Football Wise to leave the club
- Vice-President Tony Jimenez, in charge of player recruitment, to also leave
- Control of all transfers in and out — which he should already have
- The power and responsibility to negotiate all player contracts
We think the fourth point will be a difficult one for Ashley to cede, although Kevin should be giving input on how important the players are to the club, and therefore what Ashley or Wise should give them.
But it seems strange to us that Wise seems to be responsible for players’ contracts, very strange indeed.
It seems like the structure Ashley put together under Chris Mort is in danger of crumbling, because it’s becoming obvious Kevin doesn’t like it, and he wants to be involved with most (all) things at the club, that’s the essence of the man.
If Ashley could appoint a Chairman who is a football man, that could work well, since it appears clear that the bust up on Monday afternoon was between Derek Llambias and Kevin. It seems that even if this current rift is healed, the relationship between Keegan and the Recruitment team is tenuous at best.
The famous Toon insider has been talking to The Sun again and this time they said:
“The way Keegan is trying to pull this round is staggering.”“If he gets his way, he’ll have a power which he hasn’t had since coming back.”
“The players feel surprised and disappointed and they also feel insulted.”
“I’ve never known it so quiet here. It’s like there was a funeral going on, like there had been a death in the family.”
“Kev’s hugely popular among the players, so the mood is nothing like normal — how could it be with so much hanging over the club?”
But this can hardly come as a surprise, because Ashley knows how popular Kevin was and is at Newcastle, that’s one reason he brought him back.
And Kevin’s done one terrific job so far, with not much assistance from the higher-ups, but as in his last reign at the club, he demands almost complete control of things, and is not one to hand off responsibilities.
We also wonder what the players are thinking of all this, and how secure Michael Owen might now feel at the club, with Kevin potentially likely to leave at any time. That will be a situation that we’ll have to watch closely once things get sorted out, one way or the other.
We hope something can be worked out to keep Kevin at the club, because if it can, we’ll continue the upward spiral Kevin has put in place.
But why is all this taking so long?