Brooking Sympathy For Keegan and Curbishley

Sir Trevor Brooking, The Football Association’s Director of Football, has today sympathized with Kevin Keegan and Alan Curbishley, who both resigned from their positions as club manager this week under rather similar conditions.

Kevin and Alan – both resigned this week

Keegan resigned dramatically from Newcastle United on Thursday night, complaining about not having the final say on transfers, and Alan Curbishley departed West Ham earlier in the week, after failing to reconcile similar issues at Upton Park.

Brooking can appreciate the difficulties both men have had to face in managing under new structures at the clubs as he told Radio 5 Live:

“Newcastle and West Ham have similarities where managers have queried roles and responsibilities at the club and have parted company on almost the same issue,”

“I don’t know how it functions but knowing Alan and Kevin I’m sure when they took the job they always thought they had the final say on players coming in and out.”

“When you stand on the touchline on match days most of the fans assume most of the players and people around are your decision and you brought them in.”

“In the end they (the manager) will be in the firing line so both of them (Keegan and Curbishley) felt that was the case and felt that was why they couldn’t carry on.”

Good words from Trevor, but we don’t know where the Newcastle United club goes from here.

The club has to be at its lowest ebb for many many seasons, with players and fans seemingly disillusioned and angry at the Newcastle Board’s complete incompetence displayed over the last five days.
Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • beyethegreat

    Sep 5, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #1

    the only thin the board can do now is sell sack the board at the very least ashley has to sack wise


    Sep 5, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #2

    I give up.

  • oioi

    Sep 5, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #3

    the premiership is f***ed,
    ive had some great times in watchin the toon in 30+ years but as long as wise is at the club im off to watch my local div2 team.
    least its honest there.
    apparently wise is the master of winning over a hostile crowd,
    the champions league couldnt win me over to the beady eyed southern twat.

  • Toon4Life

    Sep 5, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #4

    We knew it would not be long before the Pundits started giving their “expert oppinion” on things, it would be nice if they told us something we did not know for once…

    Feel sorry for Curbs too but he is a strange fella…

  • hadrian

    Sep 5, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #5

    he’s spot on , at the end of the day its the manager responsibility , it would have been keegan who got the flack if all didnt turn out well .

    he identified the problems with the squad and asked for them addressed , which they wernt .

    why hire kevin keegan of all managers if he wasnt allowed todo the things he’s most coveted for ? bringing in top quality players .

    i can belive the audacity of dennis wise and llambias not hadning in their resignations , maybe they think since their mate owns the club its okay to stick around , but they have got that wrong !

    just exactly who from newcastle have we got at this club ? nobody with any say in it thats for sure .

  • HeronMag

    Sep 5, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #6

    I think it’s down to the corporate nature of football clubs. It’s all ‘shareholder meetings’ and ‘boardroom committees’.

    We said this ages ago – too many chiefs. Too many people making the important decisions.

    Look at Man Utd – that is one man’s club. Ferguson wants a player, the board go get him.

    I’m going to admit something terrible. I’m jealous of Sunderland. Their chairman is a former player with a serious emotional connection to the club and their manager is committed to the club. They back Keane to the hilt.

    I never thought I’d see the day when the mackems have a far better run club than Newcastle.

    I’m so gutted lads.

  • toonale

    Sep 5, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #7

    I have been a nufc fan for over sixty years and this is the last straw.
    Iwill not spend another penny on this club untill
    this poor excuse for a board is long gone.

  • Chris H

    Sep 5, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #8

    To think that I actually defended ashley right up to midnight on Monday night, thinking he’ll pull something out the bag.
    Only after midnight did I realise he had strung us all along.
    Well all I can say now is, the top lawyer in the land couldn’t defend that twit!
    Please sell up ashley, you have shown your true colours, you will never be trusted again on Tyneside!

  • Toon4Life

    Sep 5, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #9


    I know how you feel 🙁 Most importantly the Makems are on the up and we are in a downward spiral…

  • sean667

    Sep 5, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #10

    Gutted im disapointed with everyone at the club this has been an accident waiting to happen and in all honesty the press were right all along.
    As much as we all wanted kk to stay in charge he was always goin to walk at some point and we all new it deep down.

  • bobbo

    Sep 5, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #11

    Hopefully Ashley will now be more inclined to sell up – there must be parties out there monitoring the situation.
    However the danger is another Abramovitch, Ashley etc. comes along, I agree with Heronmag above, we really need an owner(s) who is a true supporter (look at Steve Gibson) – are there any?

  • vic

    Sep 5, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #12

    do not give up MAG PIE

    asheys come and go but NUFC is FOREVER

    Next week Indian guy will take over and ashley’s mafia disappear forever from Newcastle

    If MAfia survive until 13 Sept we will bomb it with fresh eggs until they go

    Be positive and never give up


  • KKToon

    Sep 5, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #13

    That’s what big money have made of football, I’m sorry that this has happened to NUFC but hope that things will get better and NUFC will be where it should be!


    Sep 5, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #14

    Let’s face it, the EPL has changed! Now there’s so much many in transfers, that there’s a real need to have more than only one manager responsible for it!!

    Curbs and KK are mangers of the “old school”, so they could not adapt to that. To walk awy is always the most simple thing…

  • clinta

    Sep 5, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #15

    And we were looking good for a decent go this season too, nice looking squad and KK getting them all playing well!!?

    I have been looking forward to this season for a couple months now and am gutted that it’s basicl;y over for us as a club and fan base, before it’s really begun, and before a lot of our players even kicked a ball.

    milner you did well to escape this circus at the 11th hour son.

  • swanx

    Sep 5, 2008 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #16

    until we have a new owner the only newcastle am going 2 c are bluestar!

  • arctoa

    Sep 5, 2008 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #17

    ‘mon Blyth Spartans.


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