There have been hints in the past that Mike Ashley would settle out of court with Kevin Keegan, and now the case is due to be heard early next month.
Kevin Keegan – Ashley to settle out of court?
This morning, the Sunday Sun is reporting that Ashley seems ready to do a deal with Kevin before the tribunal even starts.
It seems like both sides are keen to head off any showdown, and the Newcastle United club are now expected to agree to some pay-off for Keegan. Can you imagine the media frenzy at the tribunal if no agreement has been reached?
That will hardly be good for Newcastle or Keegan, and it’s the last thing we want to see, because there’s been too much of that surrounding Newcastle this season, that’s for sure.
Keegan is claiming £8M from Newcastle for constructive dismissal, while the club have counter-claimed and are demanding £2M from Keegan for breach of contract.
If the case does go ahead and is not settled before the tribunal begins, it would be heard in private by a three-man Premier League arbitration panel, and it would not be heard in public.
The likelihood is that the case will be settled before the case comes to trial, and that would be good. But why has Ashley waited this long to settle? Surely it would have been better to get this thing settled a few months back.
But we’d still like to know what exactly happened that caused Kevin to leave Newcastle, because that was a huge blow to the club, and we don’t even want to think where we’d be in the league right now, if Kevin had stayed and had been fully supported by the Newcastle Board.
Don’t forget we got 4 points from our first 3 league games, and had beaten Coventry in the Carling Cup, before Kevin left.
If an agreement is reached The Sunday Sun is reporting that the arbitration panel will still sit, but only to formally ratify whatever has been agreed between Keegan and the Newcastle United club.