Newcastle Issue Further Statement On Keegan Resignation


Newcastle United have today issued a further statement on the resignation of manager Kevin Keegan.


Official NUFC Statement: September 6

NUFC wished, at all times, to keep any dispute that it had with Kevin Keegan private.It is therefore disappointing that information has reached the media through unnamed sources and a briefing has been given by the League Managers Association that could give rise to a misleading impression amongst the Club’s fans.

Newcastle United have no desire to engage in a war of words but inaccurate reporting of factual matters and inaccurate allegations have to be corrected.

It is a fact that Kevin Keegan, on appointment on 16th January 2008, agreed to report to a Director of Football and to the Board.

It is a fact that Kevin Keegan worked within that structure from 16th January 2008 until his resignation.

It is a fact that Kevin Keegan, as manager, had specific duties in that he was responsible for the training, coaching, selection and motivation of the Team.

It is a fact that Kevin Keegan was allowed to manage his specific duties without any interference from any Board member.

It is a fact that Kevin Keegan agreed only to deal with the media in relation to Club matters relating to the Team and not to communicate with the media in relation to the acquisition or disposal of players.

It is a fact that NUFC is a business and operates, like all businesses, with financial constraints.

It is a fact that NUFC’s financial constraints inform its transfer dealings.

The Board of NUFC have responsibility to ensure that the club is able to meet its commitments which include the wages and the transfer fees for players.

The structure at NUFC is clear, and has been clear from 16th January 2008.

This doesn’t really clear much up – it just makes it clearer that Kevin didn’t have responsibility for selecting players to bring into the club, because his duties were training, coaching, selection and motivation of the team.

Nothing there about which players to bring into the club on transfers.

We cannot understand how they ever thought that would work, and they proved that it didn’t.

Comments welcome.



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432 comments so far

  • scottynine

    Sep 6, 2008 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #1

    The Papers Have a True Story tomorrow and there trying to cover there backs.

    Tossers ?????

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  • Dave

    Sep 6, 2008 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #2

    What a load of shit. The tone that report is disgusting … it’s as if they’re talking down to the fans, the fans that have supported them from the beginning … before they were even there.

    This has infuriated me even more than I already was.

    Arrogant bastards.

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  • Greg P

    Sep 6, 2008 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #3

    That contradicts the ‘freedom’ they claimed Keegan had and the role of Wise. It was always claimed he reported direct to the board and NOT a director of football. In fact they have always pointed out that Wise and Jiminez were Exec Directors and not DoF’s?!?!? Confusing.

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  • GeordieJayne

    Sep 6, 2008 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #4

    It is a FACT that Kevin would never have agreed to not having final say over who comes into the club.

    It is a FACT that the board are a bunch of idiots without a clue.

    It is a FACT that football is no ordinary business and can’t be run soley as one.

    It is a FACT that they think nothing what so ever of the fans.

    It is a FACT that ASHLEY MUST GO.

    I did not think I could be even more angry than I was but after this statement I am raging.

    ASHLEY OUT

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  • Bye Bye Ashley

    Sep 6, 2008 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #5

    Ashley stated shortly after he bought the club, that he wanted to have fun & a crack at winning some honours within 3 years.

    Now, all of a sudden, its financial constraints, (for constraints please read profits).

    How arrogant & dumb of them to admit they cut KK out of the loop regarding recruitment etc.

    These guys are really a bunch of complete jokers.

    Shame on you Ashley, you’re an utter discrace !

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  • Thump

    Sep 6, 2008 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #6

    Keegan didn’t have freedom. If he had freedom to do his job like he was supposed to, he’d still be here – that much is obvious.

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  • Graham

    Sep 6, 2008 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #7

    scottynine – a true story? enlighten us please

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  • JJ

    Sep 6, 2008 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #8

    I cannot stand the way they call themselves NUFC.
    NUFC is not a company in the eyes of the fans.

    WE (THE FANS) ARE NUFC – and therefore this statement is not from NUFC it is from the board.

    The arrogance in this statement is disgusting and really increases my hatred for those running the club.

    At least make the statement in person so we know where it is coming from – but they are too scared.

    It may be a business but we the fans are the ones they make their profit on…
    Without us there is no business, no club.

    Keegan may have agreed to the system at first but it has become clear that the system is a joke!!!!

    There “Business” is a joke and we want our CLUB back in our hands and out of Dennis (the POES) Wise’s and Mike Ashleys hands.

    WISE OUT!!!!
    ASHLEY OUT!!!!

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  • hitman

    Sep 6, 2008 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #9

    total disgrace,this owner is a joke.

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  • graeme

    Sep 6, 2008 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #10

    Sorry. But that statement completely contradicts the statement made by a certain Christopher Mort, acting in his capacity as Chairman of the Newcastle United Football Club. In case they have forgotten, although it was widely reported by the major media, Chris clearly stated that Kevin Keegan, the Manager, had the final say on all issues related to players coming in or going out – or words to that effect.

    NUFC bullshit. Someone is engaged in a speedy bout of covering his own arse here. It sucks.

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  • Big Si

    Sep 6, 2008 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #11

    in the Feb 3 rd match program Wise gives an interview where he specifically says he has nothing to do with the first team and KK has final say on any transfers. These people are liars and fraudsters.

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  • Hadrian

    Sep 6, 2008 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #12

    Who do they think they are talking to with a statment like that ? schoolkids?

    ive no idea who advised them to put out a obnoxious statment like that , but it has certianly not done them any favors .

    let’s remind ourselves of the dennis wise interview….

    “I am not here to be involved in the first team. I am not here to manage.

    “I am here to help Kevin as much as possible with bringing young players
    through and also recommending certain players to him.

    “He will say yes or no. He has the final word. No-one else. I am not going
    to do things like bring players in behind his back. I am not into that.

    “Everything that happens will be run past him and he will say yes or no.”

    and again , lets remind ourselves of the mike ashley interview .

    “But theres so much involved in running a club that you must make sure people arent spread too thinly. How could Kevin devote all his time to the first team if he also had to look after the Academy? Thats where Dennis Wise comes in.”

    please keep digging yourselves into a deeper holes nufc , 

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  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Sep 6, 2008 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #13

    The statements a joke.
    it sounds like one side of an argument between two 15 year olds you’d find sprawled across their bebo account or something.,

    Its not only the fact that what they’re doing is childish, its the whole set up. the set up of the statement, the way its written, and the words used, all just seem childish and spiteful. absolutly pathetic, if these are the lads who are running our club then we’re in even more trouble than i thought.
    and until about 15 minutes ago i’d have claimed that was impossible.

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  • Cooper

    Sep 6, 2008 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #14

    Changed my opinion?

    FCUK NO!!

    ASHELY AND CO OUT !!!

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  • ToonKing

    Sep 6, 2008 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #15

    this is not a statement , it is a joke……they are mocking us at every step…..

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  • Graham

    Sep 6, 2008 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #16

    The statement also says that Keegan was responsible for the selection of his team…..

    Does that just mean on a saturday afternoon or choosing who he wants in general.

    Graeme I think you’re right – its a case of covering your tracks for a certain fat southern billionaire

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  • mozza

    Sep 6, 2008 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #17

    hitman just asked on another thread are you there on sat for the march, i’m going for defo

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  • vic

    Sep 6, 2008 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #18

    DO NOT TRUST MAfia

    GET MAfia OUT

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  • Graham

    Sep 6, 2008 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #19

    Hadrian – great stuff

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  • Mikey24

    Sep 6, 2008 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #20

    Im so fed up of all this now, time to bring in a new manager who can fit into the new regime.

    MA has put a lot of pennies into NUFC and has brought some cracking players compared to times gone bye!!!! Bring on the next few weeks with Xisco, Martins and Owen upfront!!

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  • happy toon

    Sep 6, 2008 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #21

    IT IS A FACT THAT THAT STATEMENT IS A LOAD BULL SH*T. THERE’S NO POINT SHIFTING THE BLAME NOW.

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  • ToonCanada

    Sep 6, 2008 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #22

    Did no one tell the clowns who run the club that liars need good memories?

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  • IanG

    Sep 6, 2008 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #23

    “It is a fact that NUFC’s financial constraints inform its transfer dealings” -Well that applies to just about any club except Leeds United.
    No – I believe like some have suggested that NUFC has seen the danger of fan protests and is moving quickly to spin the real facts away. I have been studying the news feeds and I haven’t seen anything which suggests that Keegan has made a statement other than to say that he had tried to find a solution.
    Just read Sir Bobbys article in the Mail Online
    http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/sport/article-1053136/If-Wise-won-8217-t-club-needs-too.html?ITO=1490
    – about Wise living miles away. That is a fact and it is also a fact that the club did anything they could to undermine Keegan. Why? Because they all know that he is more powerful than Ashley and his cronies are and that really frightens them.

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  • Irish John

    Sep 6, 2008 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #24

    im off lads to blow some sh*t up on bad company…need to get my mind off these tw*ts…

    Im praying evrey night for us to be taking over, but i have a horrible feeling that wanker will be staying round

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  • Marguerite

    Sep 6, 2008 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #25

    IT IS A FACT that this statemen makes me cringe with embarrassment.

    IT IS A FACT the people in charge of Newcastle are liars, fools and incompetents.

    IT IS A FACT they would have been better remaining silent rather than issue this statement.

    IT IS A FACT they have brought more shame for the fans to deal with.

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  • mozza

    Sep 6, 2008 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #26

    i’m ringing around the family and friends now and getting the numbers up

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  • A.L 9

    Sep 6, 2008 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #27

    Mickey 24 Owen and Martins will more than likely leave us this year, Owen because he has no reason to sign another contract with this joke, and Martins because he’s probably sick of been introduced to manager after manager.

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  • Spitfire

    Sep 6, 2008 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #28

    The statement reads like a temper tantrum. Its immature, hysterical, full of flaws . If that was written or approved by a legal representative of the club then they are in real trouble if that is the quality of the advice they are receiving. How to shoot yourself in the foot!

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  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Sep 6, 2008 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #29

    Lads, who knows, could be a blessing in disguise.
    I’m just praying that this is Ashleys final stab at the fans and Keegan as he knows a certain indian billionaire is coming to make him an offer he cant refuse and force him the f@ck out of Newcastle! 😀

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  • JJ

    Sep 6, 2008 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #30

    Mikey24…

    Are you on crack? If Ashley stays in Charge we will not have Owen playing for us anymore. And although we have some top players, our squad is paper thin.

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  • mozza

    Sep 6, 2008 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #31

    sarnies, i’m rounding up the numbers, i’ve never dodged a battle and this has got my blood pumping

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  • Leeg123

    Sep 6, 2008 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #32

    every one write an email to nufc website calling for ashley to sell and complaining about the statement!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i want ashley out now but cant see it happening get him out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Chris

    Sep 6, 2008 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #33

    That’s probably the worst PR I’ve ever seen any club give.

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  • Spitfire

    Sep 6, 2008 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #34

    Mikey24 : are you the NUFC mole posting propaganda for them on this blog?

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  • Gazzatoon

    Sep 6, 2008 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #35

    if all these facts are true then i cent see why keegan had the problem? as he would have known at the start of the window he couldnt bring in the players he wanted! the bit that i most hate about this statement is the line

    “It is a fact that NUFC is a business and operates, like all businesses, with financial constraints”

    this is actually what is wrong with newcastle, it should be run as a club not a business!

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Sep 6, 2008 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #36

    “UNITED” THAT SAYS IT ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • bowburnmag

    Sep 6, 2008 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #37

    That statement is utterly incredulous. I was about to hit my pit but I’m far too angry. I remain completely convinced that Keegan was sold down the river. If they wanted an Arsene Wenger approach why did they pick someone with Keegan’s pedigree? Because it was the popular choice. They thought they’d try and fit him into an unfamiliar structure with some false promises and if it didn’t work they knew they could hang him out to dry. Or so they thought. I feel they’ve grossly underestimated the respect and trust we have for Keegan. My only worry is, I’m not so sure the owner gives a flying fck. I try not to post too much just for the sake of it but this is as emotional as I’ve felt in all my 20+ years of watching the club. I’d mentioned it a few days ago but I suspected they’d try to angle for a divide and conquer to get Keegan doubters on side. However, in black and white it looks so pathetically damning and accusatory that I can hardly believe it’s an official statement. From our club. Our fcking club man. Why do our powers-that-be lack class so badly? Do they hold in such contempt that they think our short term memories don’t serve us? This is so contradictory it makes me want to spew on my keyboard.

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  • furrygiblets

    Sep 6, 2008 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #38

    Mikey24 please stop talking out of your ass

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Sep 6, 2008 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #39

    WE ARE UNITED!!!!!!!!

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  • Brian G

    Sep 6, 2008 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #40

    An absolute disgrace, they are so bottleless or is it we are held in so much contempt that there is no one in this club willing to take responsibility and put there names to things. If you have read the Times article where again it’s more club propaganda it’s again ‘a source’. KK apparently put names forward totalling over 200m – well inflation must be rife if we are paying that much. In addition the wise people (pun intended) put Nasri, Schweinsteiger and others forward – I put a comment up to Lovejoy and asked him how much Nasri cost alone and surely even he can see the flaw in the report!!!! All of a sudden the article has been amended and Nasri’s name plus the others put forward have been removed.

    The club is treating us supporters with utter contempt, I have supported NUFC for well over 40 years and am absolutely incensed by these lying. contemtable bastards. Just look at Ashley’s article a few weeks back, the presentation to corporates to see they are spouting bull. Watch the True Faith site to see what is planned

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