Keegan To Get £2M Compensation From Ashley?

The News Of The World is reporting today that Mike Ashley is ready to call it a truce in his battle with Keegan.

Kevin Keegan – receiving £2M compensation from Ashley?

Keegan has taken legal action because of his unfair dismissal at the club, and Sport of the World is reporting today that Kevin Keegan will be given £2M compensation he has sought, following his unexpected exit from Newcastle.

If this is true, we wonder why Ashley is suddenly doing this? We hope it’s not to try to patch things up with Newcastle fans, because he sees himself staying longer, in order to get a decent price for the club.

The departure this week of Vice-President Tony Jimenez, who seems likely to join Spurs, is a step towards breaking up the group that seemed to mislead Keegan.

If Mike really wants to patch things up with the fans, he should start by dismissing Llambias and Wise, who were the two guys reportedly planning to bring in players behind Kevin’s back.

But he’ll not do that, because if he was going to do that, he would have done that in early September, and Kevin would never have walked.  It’s a mistake Mike cannot recover from.

Another interesting potential reason why Mike is cleaning up things with Keegan is that Mike has a buyer, and the new owners would demand that a truce be made with Keegan.

They may even be prepared to give Mike the money to settle with Kevin, especially if Kevin was going to be the new manager.

Just a thought, but there’s at least a little logic behind it.

Comments welcome.

58 comments so far

  • Timberhead Toon

    Oct 12, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #1

    Really cant see us being sound in the near future. I feel we better get used to Ashley being hear and strap our selves in for a sh*t storm of a ride

  • Daniel

    Oct 12, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #2

    Wow, how horrible of MA to try and patch it up with Keegan – let’s use it against him!

  • Alex

    Oct 12, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #3

    jimenez gone and now if these reports are true Keegan getting compensation . If ashley is clearing out the management team to make it easier for a new owner then a real bid must have been made . Maybe wise gone before the end of the week ? here’s hoping 🙂

  • JonasIsGod

    Oct 12, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #4

    Am i the only one who is adamant Keegan should not return once this mess is sorted out.

    We really do need to move on from Keegan for the sake of the clubs future.

  • beyethegreat

    Oct 12, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #5

    jonas i dont think your the omly one butbut i personally would love to see kaagan back he is a good manager and though he isnt the best out thier he is possibley the best for nufc coz hes the only 1 who will get enough time

  • beyethegreat

    Oct 12, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #6

    sorry for the spelling mistakes

  • dave73

    Oct 12, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #7

    @ JonasIsGod

    are you crazy lol

    we did move on from Keegan, we moved on from Keegan for about ten whole years and god knows how many high profile managers, we moved on from Keegan and look at what it got us, our only hope of success in the near future is under Keegan.

    Keegan must return, once he does I immediately go out and buy new Newcastle shirts for my family and start watching the games again.

    Most of the fans know it, Keegan knows it, most pundits know it, hell even Mike Ashley probably knows it now, Keegan is our only hope for the time being.

    Tell me please of any other manager who is A: better than Keegan and B: willing to come to Newcastle united.

    Keegan is willing to return, we need to secure him long-term and give him what he wants, otherwise I really can see us playing 1st division football next season.

  • Wallsend Will

    Oct 12, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #8

    I think that if it’s true, then it has more to with the selling of the club, than it has with keeping fans happy. While personally I would love to see Kevin back I know a lot of fans who now think its time for a fresh start? Still if it is a prospective buyer wanting to clear the way for a Keegan return, it suggests that they and Ashley may be close to an agreed selling price, whatever that is.

  • Paul

    Oct 12, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #9

    An employee can’t claim constructive dismissal if they haven’t been employed for a continuous period of a least 12 months, therefore Keegan doesn’t have a leg to stand on legally.

  • Swalwell

    Oct 12, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #10

    An employee cannot claim unfair dismissal until after a year. He can claim wrongful dismissal at any time.

  • skin d

    Oct 12, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #11

    hope kk gets ees compo,then walks back in and takes up the reins at the toon.
    that would be a nice kick in the plums for fatty arbuckle.

  • Matthew Tom

    Oct 12, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #12


    You need 12 months service to claim unfair dismissal, but constructive dismissal can happen at any time.

    It is nothing more than a resignation in response to a fundamental breach of contract by the employer (e.g. breaching mutual trust and confidence by bringing in players without your approval). In the circumstances even though the employee resigns, it is treated in law as a dismissal by the employer.

    Unfair dismissal is of limited use to Keegan, because in standard situations you can only get £63,000 compensation for unfair dismissal.

    However from a purely contractual point of view if Keegan is constructively dismissed, he can claim payment of damages for breach of contract for the unexpired period left on his contract.

  • ToonRich

    Oct 12, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #13

    What would you guys think of a KK and JK management team?
    There are a few warming to Joe, and theres still quite a few fans would love to see Kev back…
    Just wondered your opinions?

  • NUFutureCowboy

    Oct 12, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #14

    kinnear and keegan together would be wicked. if they could work together that is!!!

  • Dan13

    Oct 12, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #15

    Can anybody help?
    I desperately want to go to the Sunderland vs Newcastle match, but I haven’t got any loyalty points yet!
    What are the chances I could get one?
    Worst comes to worst I might go to their box office tomorrow?!

  • jules

    Oct 12, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #16

    Keegan will not work with anyone else especially if he sees a connection with Ashley

  • jules

    Oct 12, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #17

    With regard to KK rejoining NUFC, I would be a little unhappy if he had £2m out of what would probably be our tranfer fund and then rejoining. Would seem a pretty mercenary move to me.

  • Alex

    Oct 12, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #18

    Doubt that would work KK &Jk they would both want the final say in things . That is why shearer did not take KK offer to be assistant . All 3 of those guys are too strong minded to be assistant managers . I would like JK to stay as manager with his own back room staff the team needs stability not more change

  • Paul

    Oct 12, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #19

    skin d, Keegan isn’t suing Ashley, he’s suing NUFC, and he knows that he has little chance if it ever comes to court. If he gets his payout in an out of court settlement, he’ll be kicking the club that he supposedly loves in the plums as well, not just Ashley. No potential NUFC buyer in his right mind would take him on again after that.

  • beyethegreat

    Oct 12, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #20

    dan you may have to sit in the mackem end which is the end i will be in if i go

  • Dan13

    Oct 12, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #21

    Awww man I REALLY want a ticket!
    Looks like i’ll have to go to their box office the morro

  • Paul

    Oct 12, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #22

    Matthew Tom, er no. You have to be employed for 12 months for contructive dismissal. There are some exceptions, eg discrimination. However they don’t really apply in Keegans case.

  • Waddle's mullet

    Oct 12, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #23

    A. L. Super AL Super Alan Shearer!!!!!!!!!!!!


  • Ally

    Oct 12, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #24

    I think Kevin should bleed the fat b******* for as much as he can

  • Fed up Geordie

    Oct 12, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #25

    I hope KK does nt come back, dont get me wrong the man is a legend but i think its time for a totally fresh start.We have been going nowhere for years and with his track record of walking away at the drop of a hat i think its the last thing we need.If he loves the toon then he will stay away and let someone else have ago

  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 12, 2008 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #26

    He’ll be bleedin’ NUFC!..


  • Paul

    Oct 12, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #27

    Ally, Keegan’s claim is against NUFC, not Ashley.

  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Oct 12, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #28

    KFC will come, one war or the other

    Kentucky fried chicken or Keegan’s football club

  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Oct 12, 2008 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #29


  • Paul

    Oct 12, 2008 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #30

    Matthew Tom,

    “In England & Wales you must complete 12 months of continuous service before you have any right to bring your unfair dismissal or constructive dismissal case to an Employment Tribunal.”


    Oct 12, 2008 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #31


  • Ashton

    Oct 12, 2008 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #32

    The little shit is suing us !

  • bill

    Oct 12, 2008 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #33

    Like it or not but Mike Ashley is NUFC , he owns the club, the ground, the players, etc. All we have is our support for our club. Who else is KK to sue?

    Some of the comments on here are juvenile. I guess that they are from juveniles or Makems trying to stir thing up.

  • Fed up Geordie

    Oct 12, 2008 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #34

    Bill i think more and more supporters are starting to realize KK is not the best option for the club.Why does he have to sue?I want Ashley out but not KK in again,its time for stability and KK offers alot but not that

  • Paul

    Oct 12, 2008 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #36

    You’re right Bill. To hell with Newcastle United. So long as Keegan gets his money and Ashley is humiliated, that’s a good thing. 😉

  • DarkStar

    Oct 12, 2008 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #37

    Fed up Geordie

    I’m sure you would sue if it was you.

    the fact is he was screwed over, and fans like you turning against him need to f*** off.

    I bet ur a mackem

  • DarkStar

    Oct 12, 2008 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #38

    Paul piss off to some SMB message board.

  • skin d

    Oct 12, 2008 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #39

    paul i want to see fat ashley suffer for this outrage,the compo will be ashley,s money.
    when the the owners come in it will be their wedge,not ashleys.

  • chuck

    Oct 12, 2008 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #40

    KK, The Messiah, Mr. wonderfull, Greatest manager ever.
    Theres a lot of self delusion out there.
    Truth is he is a petulent, my way or the highway mediocre manager, who lacks a tactical knowledge of the modern game, knows very little about the transfer market and in general is a liability, as he was at Man. C.,England, etc.
    Wake up folks, the mans broke, could`nt even run a circus (not talking about NUFC) should never have been resurected, let him go !


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