Kevin Keegan Keeping Tabs On Situation at Toon

It’s not surprising that Kevin Keegan will not consider a return to Newcastle United under the present ownership, but he is keeping tabs on the situation.

Kevin Keegan – keeping tabs on situation at Newcastle

Richard Bevan, of the League Managers Association, who helped Kevin in his negotiations with Newcastle, before Kevin walked out on Friday 5th September, has apparently kept in contact with Keegan since then.

Kevin is apparently keeping tabs on what is going on at the club, and it looks like a number of people have contacted Kevin.

Bevan said:

“Numerous people, including a group of Newcastle supporters, have contacted Kevin and myself saying, ‘Would he be interested in coming back?’”

“Kevin didn’t want to leave. He has a great passion for the club.” “But the structure has to be right.”

“He doesn’t want to go through that again. Kevin can’t make any decision until the club has been sold.”

We sure hope Kevin hadn’t left so abruptly, and in retrospect maybe he could have stayed tight, and put his case to the Newcastle fans.

Yes we know it’s water under the bridge but maybe there was a way to work it out with Ashley, that didn’t have such a massive impart on the club. If it’s true that players were brought in behind his back he had an excellent case to put to the fans and others.

From now on the club must take priority, and that has to be above any manager and any chairman, and any owner. Nobody is bigger than the Newcastle United club.

Oh well, it’s happened now and Irishman Joe Kinnear can be the hero to save us and get us back on the right track and winning games again – well at least until a new permanent manger is appointed, once the club is sold.

And Joe has come in like a steam engine and so determined to put Newcastle back to where they belong, and he’s been great at what he’s done so far.  You can’t beat hard work and enthusiasm as the ingredients of success, and Joe has both of these in abundance, that’s for sure.  Keep going Joe.

Comments very welcome, but please keep them decent and about football – thanks.

30 comments so far

  • Will

    Oct 11, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #1


  • graeme

    Oct 11, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #2

    The club needs a completely clean sheet.

    New owners, new direction and a new manager. Kevin Keegan has had his day, its time for him to ride off into the sunset and enjoy his life.

    The club desperately need a manager who can manage the club from top to bottom. Kevin Keegan is not that man. Sorry.

  • Andrew

    Oct 11, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #3

    I’m not sure, he was the one who started this mess after all. If i was speaking from my head it would be a new man, but my heart says Keegan.

  • Stamford Toon

    Oct 11, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #4

    Graeme; Fully agree with you about new manager but would still not mind if MA were the owner.

  • brownrob

    Oct 11, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #5

    100% no to Keegan coming back

    We have an excellent academy in place with many youngsters better than most of the old deadwood we have, yet Keegan wouldnt play them… even in preseason…

    The club needs to say to Keegan, thanks for coming back but its time for a new era… you had your shot, it didnt work out, and get in a new manager prepared to work with the youth

    Or we can have Keegan back and be picking up the pieces after he leaves midseason under the new regime as his soup was too cold in the canteen

  • golden xisco

    Oct 11, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #6

    kk 4 lyf

  • ariel7

    Oct 11, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #7

    If JFK can do the job… why should we think about a new manager? 😉

  • kevin Nichol

    Oct 11, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #8

    100% yes to kk coming back for me!

    SO WE NOW HAVE A GOOD ACADAMY IN PLACE!!!! ANY HALF DECENT OWNER WITH ANY OUNCE OF VISION ABOUT RUNNING A FOOTBALL CLUB SHOULD ENSURE THAT IS A GIVEN! Ed my recent posts have been very strong indeed; i cannot comprehend this change of attitude towards kk and ma over the last couple weeks? Are we geordies really this fickle? I hope that on the whole we are worth more than that; the man has bought the club to make money out of a hardworking class of people who devote their time, emotion and finance into backing the club they love! I cant forget the treatment of us as fans; the true fans anyway! No statement by the club for days on end when there was so much chaos and confusion going on!!!! Is that the kind of man some of you want leading your club????? the kind of man who gets out the kitchen when it begins to get hot???? We need a leader; not a man intent of promoting his own greed to the detriment of the geordie faithfull.

    JK, the players and the team continue to have my full support! The board; i have no faith in at all

  • Ed Harrison

    Oct 11, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #9

    Benwell Lad – if they are on the payroll then they should be doing the job – and I couldn’t care less if their feelings are hurt with the demonstrations etc. When people get paid that amount of money they need to do their jobs. As far as not being very bright why throw that in? – you disagree with me and that’s fine by me. By the way have you ever run a $2B company?

  • Southern Geordie

    Oct 11, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #10

    Really really really dont want Keegan back, he has been the route of all these problems. Granted Ashley is bellend and wise is a tit and after the way they have treated the fans i think there is no going back with them, i do feel that both have made significant contributions to the club. Ashley has cleared all our debts and set about what is potentially a fantastic youth system and the players wise have identified have been of sound quality. Keegan however is so bloody passionate and such a bloody pre-madonna that it has to be his way – its not called Keegan Utd, its newcastle utd and the sooner more people realise the better. After he through a hissy fit and ran to the hills he literally left us in the shit leaving and i cant believe im saying this poor ashley to pick up the pieces – are these the traits of a world class manager, something who has to deal with the mental demands of the biggest most exciting league in the world? I think not – but people still say ‘oh but he gets the club, he knows what the fans wants’ well for christ sake my nan could tell you what the fans want and how the team should play, but i wouldnt want her in charge!! My point is we had and actually still do have a great structure in place, an owner who believes in investment for the future and cleared us of debt, a dwarf bastard (still a cock though) who has identified some great talent. And then theres Keegan the Messiah!! When the going gets tough you cant see him for dust. We cant accept him back, i dont want him back, he has done more harm for the club than good since his return. We as fans deserve better he has pulled the wool over our eyes for to long and i cant respect him any more.

  • neozero

    Oct 11, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #11

    I love keegan to be back but on a second though is he the man to drive the club forward? never had trust on the youngster

  • ToonEskimo

    Oct 11, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #12

    SOMETHING needs to be done, corporate boxes have went through the floor, the club shop is like a morgue, still 10,000 season tickets unsold, while Southern Geordie made some great points, KK for all his huffy antics was a marketing dream with the feelgood factor, unfortunatey the current management have all the charm of a lynch mob. I doubt the club will be sold this season, it’s hard to say where we go from here, since the MAN U game it’s just been an absolute nightmare…..

  • Wallsend Will

    Oct 11, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #13

    Certainly not Keegan United, but make no mistake about his ability to produce exciting entertaining football teams. If given the funds to bolster the present squad he could have made it happen again at Newcastle United. Yes it would have been expensive and it may have taken a season or two to come about. The thing about Kevin Keegan is it doesn’t matter whether you are a player or a fan, once he talks to you, all your doubts disappear, you believe completely in what he says. Absolute magic! However the way things are going in football, talk of salary capping, the credit crunch etc, I can’t see him coming back and we will end up with a manager/coach who will be moderately successful with a young defensive team.

  • Davies

    Oct 11, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #14

    No to Keegan for me. It’s a shame that it will take for him to walk out and leave us in the shit for a 3rd time before a lot of the posters on here will realise that.

    I wouldn’t mind O’Leary. Or if JFK’s pacemaker can handle it, why not let him stick it out for a while?

    I’m no southerner, but I’ happy to agree with everything Southern Geordie said in the comment above.

  • Steve

    Oct 11, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #15

    Stay with Joe, if he does well over the next few weeks give him ago until the end of season.

  • Chris

    Oct 11, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #16

    Winner never quit, quitters never win.
    I hope ashley stays.
    he’s the best owner in the premiership in many ways.

  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 11, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #17

    No please!..

  • simon376

    Oct 11, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #18

    People keep talking about Keegan walking away, put yourself in his postion. The company you work for has directors above your head, they do things you disagree with, but you take the flack if it all goes wrong as you are the person in a high up postion and the public refer to you as being in charge. (Newcastle twice)

    You get an offer of a bigger and better job, you hand in your notice and take it. (Fulham for England)

    You have done as much as you can in the job, cant do anymore and things not working out, keeps that way, you could be sacked. (England, and dont we all want somebody who says taken as far as I can, let somebody else have ago)

    Same as above for Man City, he said he had taken them as far as he can.

    If the new owners want him back, lets take him, welcome him with open arms and we will see the club and the city take off again

  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 11, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #19

    I’ve witnessed all of KK’s flirtations with the Toon down the years…
    …& it seems to me that just when we seem to be getting somewhere…He’s off!..
    …Bored of the drama queen antics…& anyway i totally hate ‘soap’, it gets on me tits!..

    …Love what the guy has done at times & he’ll always be a legend for that…BUT, don’t see how it can work again & be sustainable over any long-term period of time!…
    …Yawn, sigh!..

    …Wake me up when it’s all over please!..

  • Alex

    Oct 11, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #20

    Kinnear needs to be given the chance to do the job full time .The players seem to really like him and he is a proven premiership manager , why then change manager yet again . This has been our problem since Sir Bobby was sacked ,no manager has been here long enough to build a team . As for Ashley , he did clear some of the debt and under his ownership we have invested in the academy setup which is very important for the future of the club , if he where to sack Llambiass & wise and appoint a chairman that would communicate openly with the fans and the manager then maybe he could still turn this mess around . The problem he now has is he has lost a vast amount of his wealth and needs to bring in revenue to compete with the big boys in the transfer market . He just never realized how much it cost to run a football club , he got rich quick by floating his business on the stock market and now its gone pear shaped with the credit crunch . Unfortunately for us the fans he has put the club up for sale at the worst possible time and maybe its time to accept the fact that we are stuck with someone we don’t want for a long while to come . I think maybe for the time being we need to call a truce with Ashley , while still protesting against Llambiass and Wise and hope to force a change of chairman and hope this will lure sponsors back to the club so we can compete in the transfer window.

  • Paul

    Oct 11, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #21

    Stick with your other football circus Kevin.

  • clinta

    Oct 11, 2008 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #22

    I hope KK doesn’t come back! What nufc needs is stability and a balnced or profitable set up which is exactly the type of structure ‘that’s not right’ for KK.

    KK is old school, and needs to have access to big funds (much bigger now with the current pl climate), bring in shock signings and try and wow everyone, that is his way and he is very reliant on this unsustanable type of management.

    people have often said on here ‘well if the club wants to eminate arsenal, they don’t have a dof’ correct of course, but what they do have is an intelligent manager wgo understands about finances and other aspects of running a club, and is repectable of clubs financial restrictions.

    what we need is directly opposite to what you get with KK, for the longterm success of our beloved club.

  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 11, 2008 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #23

    Aw yea,
    & stop gettin’ me hopes down!..

  • clinta

    Oct 11, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #24

    kevin nichol- ‘Is that the kind of man some of you want leading your club????? the kind of man who gets out the kitchen when it begins to get hot!’??????????

    so you hate MA but want KK back???????????wake up!

  • Big Si

    Oct 11, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #25

    KK is the spritual leader of NUFC. That’s a fact and he should be back where he belongs. He’s a legend and will re-unite the club.

  • Paul

    Oct 11, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #26

    “Kevin can’t make any decision until the club has been sold.”

    What is all that about? Is Keegan really arrogant and deluded enough to think he could use his bedsheet brigade to blackmail new owners into giving him his old job back when he is already trying to sue the club for £8 million? And what does the structure of NUFC have to do with Richard Bevan anyway?

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Oct 11, 2008 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #27

    Paul-i think Bevan is merely saying that there is no way keegan will come back under ashley, and he’s not even 100% sure he would return to the job under new owners anyway. Hence, him being unable to make a decision, until Ashley has sold the club at least..

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 11, 2008 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #28

    No to Keegan!

    Keegan, if you are listening, just leave pro-football altoghether so we can move on (I say we but I onlu refer to some ‘fools’).

    Hopefully the new owners bring in Temuri K or Terim!

  • toon24/7

    Oct 11, 2008 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #29

    my honest opinion on this is, keegan left us again,why would we want him back?i want to look forward,he has left us in a totall mess,he is to blame

  • evildick

    Oct 12, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #30

    bring KK back. we need the spark that he brings to the club. give him 3 seasons and see how we go…

    no sh!t he walked again, but come on they were bringing in players he hadn’t even heard of!!!

    he would of been blamed for not attracting good players, when he had no power over transfers.


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