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