Newcastle United have just issued a statement on the Kevin Keegan resignation, which Kevin announced just over an hour ago.
This is what the official statement says:
“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.”
That seems a rather terse statement, and certainly by its tone, suggests disagreement and even some hostility between the Board and Kevin. We suppose that isn’t too surprising.
But it also seems like Kevin has unleashed the flood-gates in Newcastle, by resigning, and rather than spend more fruitless days discussing things with the board, he’s decided it’s just no use.
If it’s true that the Board would not give him control over all transfers, and who he wants to keep at the club, it seems he has a legitimate right to walk out, because there’s just no way a manager can manage under those conditions.
Someone is destroying this club, and it’s not the fans or the players, that’s for sure.