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.