With Newcastle fans still furious at London-based owner Mike Ashley’s decision to allow Kevin Keegan to retire last Thursday, all of Newcastle is wondering what will happen now to our famous club.
Kevin Keegan – laying low right now
Mike has done the unthinkable by dragging the name of the Newcastle United club, once again, into a soap opera setting, and it is unlikely he will be able to patch up the differences with the Newcastle fans and public.
And the statement that apparently he issued on Saturday night, made things even worse, because not only did it contradict earlier statements made by the Newcastle Board, but the tone of the announcement was one of anger, and somewhat denigrating to Newcastle fans.
So what does Mike Ashley do now?
There are three possible scenarios that we see:
- Ashley appoints a new manager and tries to get on with things. This seems to be his most likely action right now, but he doesn’t yet realize the depth of feeling against him in Newcastle.
But we still think he will probably find somebody who is willing to manage within the strict confines of not being able to choose his own players, which we think is almost impossible to manage under those conditions.
But if he is going to do this he would probably want to do it quickly.
- Ashley sells the club to some consortium or some other individual. Although there is news recently that the Reliance Group is pulling out of any proposed deal, the worldwide publicity of this event could alert many other companies that this may be a good time to buy the famous club with tremendous fan support.
We still wouldn’t rule this out as a good possibility.
- Mike Ashley does a complete U turn and tries to save face by re-appointing Kevin and giving him responsibility for who comes and goes at the club.
We really thought that Mike would have moved fast on Friday to do this just this, but he’s missed the opportunity window to fix things up now. This is now becoming more remorte by the day with so much mud-slinging going on in the press.
This would have been the easiest resolution, but Mike has missed his chance of redemption.
What the club has managed to do since Thursday evening is to make their case very weak in both public opinion and in the courts, as it is clear they told the fans on multiple occasions that Kevin had the final say on all players – which of course is how it should be.
We’ll put a poll up as to which scenario the fans would most like out of the above three.
Comments and opinions always welcome – but please keep the language decent for publication.