Keegan Loves The Club He Walked Out On

A friend close to Kevin Keegan has said Kevin cannot wait to return to Newcastle United as manager.

Kevin Keegan – loves the club he walked out on

The friend, who in all likelihood is Terry McDermott (or Alan Shearer) told The Sun today:

“Kevin has had a great break, is feeling refreshed and wants to return.” “He knows what it would mean for all the fans and he wants a fresh crack at the club he loves.”

“Of course, new owners have to come in but he has been pleased to see his name mentioned by prospective buyers.”

“He is now just waiting to see what happens with things.”

But isn’t there something wrong here?

The club that Kevin loves was decimated by his resignation, let’s be clear about that. The Newcastle United  club was left without a real manager until Joe Kinnear picked up the pieces last weekend, and we have suffered 5 defeats in a row. We have also been a laughing stock for the popular press to pick on.

The consequences are that we are out of the Carling Cup, and may have to kiss this season goodbye in terms of qualifying for Europe, though that is not yet a lost cause.

We have to admit that Kevin Keegan, who was lied to by the Newcastle management, is not entirely innocent in this debacle.  We just wish there had been some other way to fix things up at the top, without Keegan having to walk out.

Yes, he had every reason to resign, we know all about that, but again he must have known that would bring some level of destruction to the club he loves.

To us there seems a dichotomy here – since we find loving the club, and walking out on the club to be something that’s hard to reconcile.

We personally hope Kevin does return, but although it’s difficult for us to say this because we admire Kevin  a lot, the truth is he will walk out again in the future for a third time, and that’s not an “if” – only “when”.

We suppose if that’s in 5 years time we should be in good shape as a club and a team, but we think the new owners must talk to Kevin’s tendency to walk away.

Maybe they can put some process in place to solve any grievances he may have.  That’s for the good of the club, which must come first in the future.

Comments welcome, but please keep your comments reasonable and decent for the kids on this site – many thanks.

84 comments so far

  • JJ

    Oct 1, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #1

    I completely understand the reasons why Keegan left, he was never given the chance to succeed, however I dont think we will ever have the confidence in him not to walk again…

    So I think lets move on… fresh start, fresh manager with fresh ideas…
    Terim for me because of his passion and discipline, and if not then Sven would do a decent job I think.
    The football Man City played at the beginning of last season was sublime…

  • Paul

    Oct 1, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #2

    Alan Shearer definitely didn’t say that.

  • ginkoh

    Oct 1, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #3

    We don’t know really what happen in the back screen. Keegan resigned and see what happen with club he love.

    I don’t know how he think and what’s he doing now, but everyone who love the club please let the club come first not yourself. that’s all I hope.

  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Oct 1, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #4

    Yeah man…..bring back the king.
    I bet that in January he’ll sign:Sheringham,Watson,Fowler,….hmmm,i wonder if he’ll go for Beckham and his dream player Henry.

  • Born Again Geordie

    Oct 1, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #5

    Guys, guys, guys !!!!!!!



    The story says a friend very close to Keegan – yeah right ! Is this the same as the imfamous club insider ?

    DO NOT give this tripe the time of day!

  • Ashley Out

    Oct 1, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #6

    Don’t want KK anywhere near the club, its time to move on get the club sold quick and install a new manager who can take the club forward, David Moyes!!

  • bowburnmag

    Oct 1, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #7

    It’ll definitely be true though Paul, whoever said it. It was in The Sun……..

    I’d put my mortgage on KK not being so crass as to validate such nonsense as “Kevin has had a great break”. No matter what you’re opinion, it’s a bit far-fetched to think KK isn’t sitting around cringeing as much as us about this mess and wishing it wasn’t happening.

    KK will not be sitting at home rubbing his hands with glee thinking he’s won the war and now he can just start afresh. This will all have effected him pretty badly. Arguably even stifeld his enthusiasm perhaps.

  • Born Again Geordie

    Oct 1, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #8

    Ed – there was no ‘friend’ – the sun make stuff up !! For gods sake !!!!!

  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Oct 1, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #9

    JJ…..Sven spent over 50 mill last season,i dont think he can work with small budgets.

  • Jimbo

    Oct 1, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #10

    The biggest mistake nufc can do is to reappoint
    Kevin “the quitter” keegan.

    Start afresh bring in a new young manager and build the club properly as Ashley was trying to do, “the Arsenal way”. In 10 years time the league will be back to square 1, loads of billionaire owners, clubs with loads of money.

    What do we do then, rely on buying the talent like in the 70s and 80s when most clubs were on a level playing field. The cream will then rise to the top !!!!!!!!

  • DanToon

    Oct 1, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #11

    Mancini or Donadoni for me! Keegan has had his time n’ lost, remember he spent near on £200m and won NOTHING!!!!!

  • macn0ble

    Oct 1, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #12

    Would you all agree that if we are pointing Keegan back the club would make us from laughing stock into the Monty Pythons Flying Circus. Please, lord, bring this Keegan speculation into end.

  • Whumpie

    Oct 1, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #13

    Jesus, Ed – what are you on?

    Firstly, believing the Sun. I mean. Really.

    But also, trotting out this rubbish about Keegan causing this mess. Do you really think that, after such a disastrous transfer window, and with all these injuries, and with KK trying to work with people who were clearly happy to screw him over, things would have been ok? Really??

    KK knew that things were going downhill fast, and did the only thing that would help the club, i.e. bring on the collapse so there was time to put it right and rescue a season.

    And as for “when” rather than “if”, that is pure conjecture. Why the hell is it so hard to believe that he’ll come in, do a few great years like he did before, and then retire happily?

    Look at some facts, man. You won’t find them in the gutter press.

  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Oct 1, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #14

    Guys just look at this face…..Mourinho’s twin brother…….the future world class manager.

  • Whumpie

    Oct 1, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #15

    Dan Toon: he spent nearly £200M, and…

    Revearsed one of the quickest slides in league history, avoided a second relegation in 2 seasons, won promotion, and then came within a whisker of winning the title, losing out to one of the best teams that ever played. In 3 seasons.

    Yeah. Terrible record.

    As someone else pointed out on the previous thread: we’ve tried all the posh foreign managers, we’ve tried all that other stuff and it just doesn’t work for NUFC. Sure, it may turn out that we only need KK for a few years to get things going the right way, but at 57, I’m sure he’ll be happy with that.

    But if you think a Mancini or similar will have the empathy and understanding with the club necessary to turn things around, you’re not familiar with the history books.

  • bigb75

    Oct 1, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #16

    i like the manager from Swansea…Martinizes, young…and smart….just my 2 cents

  • Paul

    Oct 1, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #17

    ‘Keegan loves the club he walked out on’ . Anyone who can’t see the irony of that statement is completely deluded. Keegan loves attention, not Newcastle United.


    Oct 1, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #18

    Keegan back for me please. I want entertainment and hope. That’s all.

  • Ganiyu

    Oct 1, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #19

    6 new signings

  • Egar

    Oct 1, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #20

    Ed, the club that Kevin loves was decimated by the Ashley regime. That’s probably the reason why Keegan left.

  • bowburnmag

    Oct 1, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #21

    Paul, disagree entirely.

  • DanToon

    Oct 1, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #22

    @ Whumpie,

    You are clearly stuck in the past my friend!

    Going on Keegans past record then and with the inflation of everything especially football over the last 11 years for Keegan to have another 13 point lead and blow it would cost in this day n’ age £800m+ and you would be happy for NUFC do spend that and win nothing, you must be mad!!! Football is a money game now face it…

    Mancini and Terim etc all have one thing Keegan never had… Bottle!!!

  • Born Again Geordie

    Oct 1, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #23


    First we get this stupid story and to cap it all off we get you ———- the worlds stupidest blogger !!!

    Pi*s off retard !

  • Born Again Geordie

    Oct 1, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #24


    I don’t think he looks anything like @The special One @ IMO

  • bowburnmag

    Oct 1, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #25

    DanToon – what a load of twaddle. Do you know anything about the bloke? Say what you like about KK but the man isn’t a bottler.

  • DanToon

    Oct 1, 2008 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #26


    Haha, Keegan not a bottler, you must be having a laugh… Sorry i like Keegan as a bloke but as soon as it gets a bit hot… He runs!!!

  • Macas

    Oct 1, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #27

    DanToon – are you from another planet? Keegan spent nowhere near £200million first time around, actually it was probably just under £60 million. He recouped about £20million while he was still in charge, which makes his spending come to £40 million, not bad for promotion and then consistently finishing near the top of the table. And players who he bought in or developed were later sold for about a total of £30 million. For a man who supposedly doesnt care about youth we certainly cashed in on the players he developed while at the club, for example Clark, Elliot and Watson were sold for a total of £10 million. A lot of the players he signed were sold on for appromixately the same value as well, so dont come on here spouting rubbish about him wasting money on transfers, as you clearly haven’t a clue what you’re talking about. And that goes to all the others on here who laugh at his transfer policy and claim he only wants to sign old players with no sell on value.

  • bowburnmag

    Oct 1, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #28

    Tell me throughout his playing and managing career (primarily where we footy fans can judge him) gives rise to this label ‘bottler’? Tell me what constitutes a ‘bottler’? I’m more than prepared to let you re-educate me (I’m not being sarcastic) but I’m yet to be convinced by these arguments. Sorry for the “twaddle” comment. A little out of character for me. Just an emotive subject.

  • AltaBatalJoneN

    Oct 1, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #29

    Easy to solve the walk-out-problem that KK have..
    Just give him a contract so short that he doesnt have the time to walk away before it expires!! 🙂

  • am sick of this

    Oct 1, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #30

    have people looked at terim yes good manager but struggled with the pressure of managering in italy and walked out on his contract with milan

    how would he cope with the mess at the toon for me a lot like keegan you have to back him financially and let him do things his way if not how long will he stay around ?

  • ronjohno

    Oct 1, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #31

    Perhaps having KK back would be a backward step I really don’t know.
    What I do believe though is that this time rightly or wrongly he “walked” believing that it would bring matters to a head and that Ashley would back down and choose him over Wise but it backfired. Had KK won then all this turmoil would have been nipped in the bud immediately.
    One thing I have learned in my working life is that most bosses backed into a corner , having their authority questioned or given ultimatums
    usually respond the way Ashley did and will not be seen to lose face.

  • Spitfire

    Oct 1, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #32

    Keegan was constructively dismissed. He did not walk out on the club. The actions of his employer were such that he was put in a position where there was no option but to leave. What his employer did were not the actions of a fair and reasonable employer. Blaming Keegan for walking is like blaming the victim for being bullied. Just look at what the people in charge have done to this club.

  • Geordie Jayne

    Oct 1, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #33

    One thing you can say about this man he has never taken any money out of this club that he did not earn. NO BIG PAY OFFS FOR KEEGAN.

  • stjames

    Oct 1, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #34

    Ed, that’s a strange article after all you’v written this summer.

    Not only didn’t Kevin get he wanted and what the team desperately needed in order to have a chance, – he was also humiliated by the Wise gang.

    There are reasons for leaving and there are reasons. Kevin had a perfectly good one that’s going to benefit the club in the long run.

  • Onepeterb

    Oct 1, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #35

    what concerns me is that when Kev leaved whether he walks or is pushed, whether it is justified or not the whole debacle we have just experienced will be repeated

  • DanToon

    Oct 1, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #36


    Can’t go on too much i’m at work but i mean for every job he has had not just NUFC he has run when times are hard England, Man City Fulham i really do feel that he is a mardy fella. I’d like to perhaps chat to ya a bit more about it later, you seem like a decent person who can have a friendly debate!?

    Macas, i’m not even intrested in you! He spent 196m, fact!

  • sweendog

    Oct 1, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #37

    Hopefully Keegan back in 4 games time and I’ll be a happy man .. would be interesting in Januarya as well .. seeing he was going for Sweinsteige etc, some classy reasonably priced signings (speculation mind you) ..
    Crazy that 2 years in a row he’s gonna have to save us from relegation because of our current greedy owners ..

  • exiled geordie

    Oct 1, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #38

    Keegan hasn’t bottled anything as far as I’m concerned… he was presented with an unworkable system that Ashley refused to change. Keegan could have kept his mouth shut and banked £3 million a year – but chose to confront the problem head on, namely Denis Wise and his dubious mates – having done that there was no way back for him without Ashley seeing sense and changing the structure. If a new owner wants Keegan back it would be OK by me, don’t see anyone else with the sort of passion and understanding he has for the cluband in particular – the fans.

  • Macas

    Oct 1, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #39

    DanToon – I’m not bothered if you’re interested in me or not, but dont come on here telling people Keegan spent nearly £200 million when it’s clearly not true. I’d love to know where you get your facts from as I’m afraid you’re totally wrong. Try looking at NUFC.COM for a list of all transfers in and out under Keegan. Incoming amounts to about £60 million. Now unless I’m forgetting a few £30 million signings here and there, I think you’re getting slightly confused. If you want to put the guy down, fine, but at least get your facts right first.

  • sweendog

    Oct 1, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #40

    DanToon .. read some of the comments on the other blog “Do Newcastle fans really want Keegan back”, especially the comments today.
    but in essence –
    but heres some facts.

    Fulham – left to become england manager
    England – he left because the fans wanted him out
    Newcastle – forced out, as poision dwarf was manager and Director of football.


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