Keegan Case Against Newcastle United Heard Next Month


The Sunday Sun online is reporting today that the dispute between Newcastle United and former manager Kevin Keegan will finally be heard next month.

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Kevin Keegan – industrial tribunal next month oin his dismissal

It appears that an industrial tribunal hearing has been scheduled for the beginning of next month.

The Newcastle fans have not been told too much, from either side, on what really happened on the week following the close of the transfer window last September.

A rather complicated legal battle is anticipated after Keegan stormed out of St James’s Park at the start of September, sparking a wave of protests and demonstrations against owner Mike Ashley and other board members.

Keegan released statements through the League Managers’ Association (LMA) which suggested he was more than annoyed by broken promises about the club’s management structure, and his role in the recruitment of players.

Mike Ashley, who was in New York when the volcano erupted, eventually met one on one with Joe Kinnear after the break-up, in an attempt to persuade Kevin to stay at the club, but not only had Kevin decided not to return to Newcastle, but he had also made the decision to sue the club.

Reports suggest Keegan is suing the club for as much as £8M for breach of contract, and his argument is that he had no control in the transfer market, and that means he has probable grounds for compensation on the basis of a constructive dismissal.

But that may be difficult to prove, because Kevin was no doubt informed of the management structure that was being put in place, and Wise was appointed to the Director Of  Football position a couple of weeks after Kevin took over as manager.

Yesterday Managing Director Derek Llambias said that the legal battle was one of the main reasons behind the complete silence, since the club was plunged into turmoil.

But that seems a weak excuse, because there were lots of other things the club could have commented on, outside of the Keegan affair, and didn’t.

When asked why the club had not sacked executive director Dennis Wise and reinstated the manager, Mr Llambias said:

“It’s a no comment I’m afraid. It’s something we can discuss later. It was never a possibility.”

“Effectively we can’t answer any questions on Kevin Keegan until we have made a settlement.”

“We didn’t want to lose Kevin he was part of our plan going forward.”

It will be good to get to the bottom of this, and we’re still not sure that the common reasoning behind this, that Dennis Wise had control of all transfers, is the truth.

All parties involved need to take some level of responsibility for this, because there’s little doubt the club suffered greatly and was the loser in all of this.

That altercation cost Newcastle dearly this season, as we lost our next 4 league games, before Joe Kinnear came in to steady the ship.

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60 comments so far

  • edwincjx

    Feb 11, 2009 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #1

    REEMPLOY HIM!

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  • WesToon

    Feb 11, 2009 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #2

    Never,KK can never come back he has left us twice now FFS & left us up Sh!te creak without a paddle NO MORE EVER AGAIN!!

    No matter what the circumstances he should of stayed,atleast till the end of the season!

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  • Spitfire

    Feb 11, 2009 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #3

    Ed
    Check paragraph 5 above – Ashley didn’t meet with Joe Kinnear did he?

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  • jim

    Feb 11, 2009 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #4

    edwardo-u been self prescribin those happy pills again mate-lol-he didnt meet with joe kinnear-he met with kevin Llambias! hahaha

    “Mike Ashley, who was in New York when the volcano erupted, eventually met one on one with Joe Kinnear after the break-up, in an attempt to persuade Kevin to stay at the club, but not only had Kevin decided not to return to Newcastle, but he had also made the decision to sue the club.”

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  • Whats that on the grassy knoll

    Feb 11, 2009 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #5

    No more KK, please!!!!!!
    If we are looking for a new manager i think we should go for Alan Irvine. He was former youth manager for Newcastle, before going to Everton and then managing PNE. I think he would be a great choice as he knows the club, has worked under good managers and turned around PNE.

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 11, 2009 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #6

    I didnt know keegan was suing the club. The messiah clearly loves newcastle. He has made a mockery of the loyal fans who turn up at the ground waving the boxes of special K cereal. The king is dead!

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  • toonarmyuk

    Feb 11, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #7

    Well it will be interesting to see what both sides claim as the truth anyway! No doubt it will come down to who signed what in the contracts. If its on paper that Wise was going to be buying/selling and Keegan signed then, then he’s pretty much stuffed. Although I have to say, that NUFC released official statements/press releases that categorically stated that Keegan and Keegan alone was in charge of who he bought and sold.
    Will be fascinating, although the quicker its over the better, so we can finally put this one to bed!

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  • jim

    Feb 11, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #8

    i can just imagine u now-sitting there with ya pipe in the corner of ya mouth in the usa-at an old desk with a typwriter and a beard-but the typwriters just gatherin dust as uve found a new toy now-the pc! lol

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  • edwincjx

    Feb 11, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #9

    @westoon

    agreed but what would u do if the management sells your best guns and giving you stuff that haven’t even proved themselves in the PL?

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  • Spitfire

    Feb 11, 2009 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #10

    Really does not matter who we get as long as its a “proper manager” ( ie someone with a fairly recent track record). Using Hughton or Calderwood would not be good. Forget Keegan he is out of the picture completely…. so Venables….Sven…….Grant….Scolari ( fat chance)… not Adams though …..it does not matter one tiny jot as they can only work with what is already here.

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  • batty

    Feb 11, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #11

    ED HARRISON what does this line teel you>>“Effectively we can’t answer any questions on Kevin Keegan until we have made a settlement.”

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  • Spitfire

    Feb 11, 2009 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #12

    Ed
    Can’t you block bennytoons IP address. He is really spoiling this blog. You can’t follow a logical thought provoking discussion without it being spoilt by his inane witterings on every thread. I stopped logging on when AO and Nando were prevalent. Seems he/it/they have just changed names and are still doing it. I will stop logging on again. No great loss I know !!

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  • jim

    Feb 11, 2009 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #13

    Scolari, Bruce , Grant, Shearer -who would u like from those 4? lets vote -we know itll be joe kinnear anyway !

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  • Whats that on the grassy knoll

    Feb 11, 2009 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #14

    Spitfire

    How about Aan Irvine.

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  • Spitfire

    Feb 11, 2009 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #15

    Wtotgk

    I was just musing an currently available out-of -work managers

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  • batty

    Feb 11, 2009 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #16

    SPITFIRE think he uses proxy server m8

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  • jim

    Feb 11, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #17

    know what u mean batty-“made” a settlement- as if theyve lost-and were to blame in it ?

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  • Spitfire

    Feb 11, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #18

    batty

    Ah !!! cunning devil

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  • dougnufc

    Feb 11, 2009 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #19

    I don’t think we will get any world-class managers or even managers we want to get.

    I feel we should get Wise. I know we all hate him but it is a Win-Win situation for us. If he did really bad he will get sacked therefore no more Dennis Wise at the club.

    However, I believe he might play some of our youngsters and giving them experience to live up to their expectations. He will also get rid of our dead wood players such as Smith. He tried to get rid of Smithy before but it was Kinnear who stopped it. He also has managerial experience such as bringing Millwall to the FA Cup finals against Man Utd a couple of seasons ago.

    However if there are good managers interested in us I will definitely go for them because once again, Wise is a *****.

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  • Spitfire

    Feb 11, 2009 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #21

    Jim

    Its likely that they will make an out of court “without prejudice” offer minutes before the hearing so that the dirty laundry does not get aired in public.Keegan will probably accept ‘ for the good of the club/fans’

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  • evildick

    Feb 11, 2009 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #22

    this soap opera is so so tiring… i don’t mind if ashley stays, as long as he:

    1. sacks that useless MD Liambias.

    2. Appoints someone who knows what they’re doing to be MD. Or takes on the role himself.

    3. Appoints a decent, proven premier league manager.

    4. Gets rid of the dead wood big earners, viduka, smith, owen etc. (i like owen but i’d rather pay his wages to three young hungry players)

    5. Allows the new manager to spend a reasonable amount of money in the summer. t5o bring in experienced players.

    6. continues the promising youth policy, but without selling the successful ones! milner, zog.

    7. talks regularly to the fans.

    8. brings out a blue away kit for 09/10 season.

    If Joe has to have surgery, I think we should bring in a temporary coach until the new permanent manager is found. If we can get someone in soon, we could have the rest of the season to gel. Then address the squad in the summer. That is if we survive the drop..

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  • jim

    Feb 11, 2009 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #23

    aye maybe spits-and tell him he still cant say anything or they can get their money back! its not right tho is it? keeping stum just for money-it shows what its became-i mean the fans deserve them to air it-then whovers to blame deserves the stick-whatever happened to good old football before money ruined it eh!

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  • Spitfire

    Feb 11, 2009 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #24

    Jim : you must be as old as me, mate

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  • batty

    Feb 11, 2009 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #25

    jim well thats what it tell me m8

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  • batty

    Feb 11, 2009 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #26

    ffs newcastle arent makeing a statement on joes health

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  • workyticket

    Feb 11, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #27

    batty // Feb 11, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    “ED HARRISON what does this line teel you>>“Effectively we can’t answer any questions on Kevin Keegan until we have made a settlement.”

    It means that the matter is ‘Sub Judice’ (under judgement) Batty. If Keegan or Ashley’s side say anything about the matter before the case has been through a tribunal, and the high court if that’s necassary, then they will be held in contempt of court and face possible prosecution.

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 11, 2009 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #28

    be interesting to see whats said about keegan

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  • DanToon

    Feb 11, 2009 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #29

    Get Steve Bruce of Martinez in now, we are going to in the Summer anyway!

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  • PrinceMonkey

    Feb 11, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #30

    Maybe we can get Adams!!! lol

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  • Spitfire

    Feb 11, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #31

    RyanToon
    I would be surprised if this actually got to the hearing stage. None of the three wise men – ashley, llambias and wise will want to appear in the witness box. It will be easier and cheaper to pay Keegan off and keep him quiet. The reason it takes so long to resolve the issue is that barristers on £500 quid an hour have a vested interest in keeping the saga going as long as possible

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  • batty

    Feb 11, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #32

    RYAN who do u think our next manager will be or who would you want?

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  • Spitfire

    Feb 11, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #33

    Next Manager : Ron Atkinson : How mint would that be ? It would just be NUFC all over wouldn’t it?

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 11, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #34

    who i think : hughton or calderwood
    who i want : sven goran ericksson

    you?

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  • batty

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #35

    RYAN i sed i wanted sven when roeder left and a think your rite about calderwood

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  • batty

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #36

    spitfire they might bring jack charlton back

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  • Spitfire

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #37

    batty
    Jackie could do a job for us. He could take all the lads fishing and drown one or two of the wasters.

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  • ObaMartins

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #38

    We need someone like Sven to take over as Manager or even Steve Bruce, but we are limited who will come to the Club and work for those in Charge…and to be Honest i dont believe a word of what they came out with Yesterday….Pure Poopaganda

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  • Spitfire

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #39

    The best lies have a grain of truth in them. So you shouldn’t disbelieve every single word. The trick is to interpret them correctly

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  • Whumpie

    Feb 11, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #40

    Ed – “Kevin was no doubt informed of the management structure that was being put in place”. What makes you say that? This lot have proven themselves as capable liars – how about the “we meet every month with NUSC” garbage yesterday?

    I don’t think we can assume anything as fact, but alas I agree with many in that I think this will be settled out of court to save face all round.

    One thing, though, Spitfire: do you really think any of your list will be prepared to work under a DOF? Especially Wise?

    Nope. Ashley will have to find another desperate individual like JFK, and they are neither common nor usually capable.

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