After three days of intense speculation surrounding his future, and negotiations with the Newcastle Board of Directors, Kevin Keegan has now confirmed that he has resigned as Newcastle United manager.
Kevin Keegan – wasn’t allowed full control on players
The news is now coming across the news wires, and has been confirmed and is being reported by Setanta Sports.
Keegan has not taken training at Newcastle since Monday and has been involved in lengthy negotiations with the St James’ Park Board since then, about his position at the club.
It is thought that former England manager was upset by the decision to sell James Milner to Aston Villa and the fact the club only brought in two players after that, caused a heated discussion between Managing Director Llambias and Keegan, and it seems that Kevin has lost.
This is a terrible decision by Mike Ashley, and we thought he was a lot smarter than this, and we believe there will be cries for the English Billionaire to sell the Tyneside club, as this action will be very hard to take for the loyal Newcastle United fans.
Kevin has issued a statement:
“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.”
We agree with Kevin, and that only shows these people in charge of the club right now, don’t have any idea of how to run a football club.
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 these things.
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.”
This will not only be a huge blow to the Newcastle United faithful, but it will not please the players either. The fans and the players need to be told exactly what has gone on these last few days, what the problem was about, and how the club has solved the problem, and also who remains at the club.
We expect a Newcastle United statement within minutes.