Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear has hinted today that Kevin Keegan’s status with Newcastle fans may be undermined, once the truth surrounding his resignation finally comes out.
Kevin Keegan – resigned in early September
We don’t have any real facts on what went on during the afternoon of Monday, 1st September, and we thought that players Xisco and Gonzalez had been brought in behind Kevin’s back – but that may not be the case, as hinted by Joe today in The People.
The Newcastle club is still in some disarray and we could be bottom of the league today if Bolton get at least a draw in today’s home game against Manchester City.
Joe has obviously been told at least the Ashley side of the story on the Keegan exit and said today:
“I could tell you lots of things about that. You will have to wait and see.” “You might be pleasantly surprised.” “You are making an assumption — like most of the journalists up here — and 75 per cent of you are wrong.”
“Wait until you see the statements, that is all I am saying. All will be revealed.” “Maybe Mike Ashley will be accepted. Maybe he will come back and won’t sell the place. Maybe he will invest in the club. Who knows?”
“It only needs the team to go on a small run and people will easily forget. I am saying forget, but I don’t know what the man has done.” “It is difficult. He has put £240million into the club and he can’t come and watch the team.”
“But he could make his peace with the fans. It isn’t all of them. He hasn’t been given a fair crack of the whip by the Press.” “He is a down to earth fellah who loves his football. His kids love it. I don’t know what mistakes he has made because I haven’t been here to look at them.”
We think that maybe Joe is trying to make the case that Ashley stays becasue he will most liekly continue as manager, which would obviously delight him, to say the least.
But Ashley is still trying to sell the club and according to yesterday’s reports Keith Harris is still negotiasting but there has been little progress these last two weeks.
Of course Kevin Keegan has sued the Newcastle club, so now’s not the time for people to be making any statements about what happened, but this is the first we’ve heard that the blow-up with keegan and the Board may be different than has been widely reported.
Ashley may be struggling a little to find a buyer to pay the £280M he wants for the club, and sources close to investment banker Keith Harris, who is trying to broker the sale, have said there were no developments last week. The first thing Mike should do is to reduce the price to £250M, which will still make him a little profit, and there will be more chance the club can be sold.
But that doesn’t say the sale will not go forward, and that’s what we’ll hope for. However, if Mike can’t sell the club our fans will need to look at what’s best for the club this season. We have to think that even more upheaval against Mike Ashley, would be very damaging to us, and to our Premier League status this season. It would have to have a negative impact on the players.
We must put the club first, and support whoever the manager is, and it’s Joe right now so the next thing we can do is support the lads tomorrow night against Aston Villa. No doubt that will be a tough game.
But fortune favors the brave, as we’ve seen this week with Spurs and Harry Redknapp, and Hull City have been doing it all season, so we trust the lads will have lots of fighting spirit on MOnday night and come out like a steam train against Villa and even get all 3 points.