Warren Barton feels that Newcastle United have been thrust into chaos after the resignation of Kevin Keegan last night.
Warren Barton – in sunny Newcastle – and doing very well in USA
Warren Barton joined the new look LA Galaxy staff under former US National Team Head Coach Bruce Arena and Warren also serves over here as a FOX Soccer Channel (Sky) analyst for the Premier League on the weekends and is to work during the week with the Major League Soccer sides’ U-18 team.
In fact Warren was one of the hosts in the studio for last Saturday’s Arsenal Newcastle game, which Arsenal won rather easily 3-0, and he came across very well indeed, and obviously knows his stuff.
The former Newcastle left back was part of the Newcastle United playing staff back in 1997 when Keegan left, after his first stint in charge and has been saddened by a sensational second departure.
Barton said last night:
“If the board thought they had protests on Tuesday or Wednesday, wait until tomorrow.” “The fans will be bitterly disappointed with what’s gone on, and the way it’s all been handled.” “Eight months ago I was excited about Kevin Keegan taking over.”
“We started to see signs of them doing well towards the end of last season, and they had a good performance at Old Trafford.” “They had a home win as well, and things were looking good.”
“For one, I feel sorry for the fans, but I feel sorry for the players as well.” “This now throws it into utter chaos, because whoever takes over – apart from one person, Alan Shearer – is under immense pressure.”
“Most importantly, Kevin knows that club.” “He knows what the fans, and the people in that area, want.” “He’s stuck by certain players through thick and thin, and the players respect him.” “Now, he’ll be very disheartened by what’s happened, because he thought the club would allow him to go on and win things.”
“He was hoping to get a large sum of money – that hasn’t materialized.” “The owner is obviously a very wealthy man, but (Keegan) has been dictated to by certain people above him, and that’s annoyed Kevin.”
“Kevin’s used to managing clubs – not necessarily finance and agents, he doesn’t want to get involved with that – but he wants to get the players he wants, and to get the best out of them playing the style of football he wants, and he hasn’t been allowed to do that.”
Good words from Warren, and we are still waiting to hear some real explanation from the club, on what happened this week, and why Kevin Keegan resigned his position as the Newcastle manager.