The London Evening Standard is reporting today that Kevin Keegan has begun legal proceedings against the Tyneside club demanding full payment of his three-and-a-half-year contract.
Kevin Keegan – suing Newcastle for 3 years of wages
When Keegan signed the deal last January, which we understand was for £3M a year, he was given full control of first team affairs, but Keegan believes that Dennis Wise’s role as Director of Football infringed upon the terms of that agreement, and that finally made his position untenable at the club.
The final day transfers of Xisco and Ignacio Gonzalez are thought to have been the last straw for Keegan, and he subsequently resigned from the club.
Ashley did try to save the situation with Keegan in a bid to resolve the dispute but no solution was reached. Joe Kinnear, the former Wimbledon manager, has since been appointed interim manager while the club look for new owners.
But this is now an interesting situation because no buyers would want to buy Newcastle with this hanging over their heads, and it looks like this deal may well be settled out of court, especially if the new owners want to restore Kevin Keegan as their new manager.
Either way we would be surprised if this finally goes to court, and Kevin can expect some resolution before December.
What do you think about this?
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