The Daily Star is reporting this morning that Kevin Keegan will have a secret meeting with Newcastle United representatives tomorrow, to thrash out a potential £9M pay-off.
Kevin Keegan – meets Newcastle reps tomorrow
This seems to be paying up all the remaining 3 years of Kevin’s original contract of £3M/year, at the Tyneside club.
There is a basic disagreement between the club and Kevin on whether Keegan resigned or was sacked.
It appeared that Keegan walked out on the club in early September, but then Derek Llambias issued a statement saying Newcastle had not sacked Kevin, as Keegan had claimed, and they were trying to keep him at the club.
This seems to have been backed up lately when Derek Llambias said that Mike Ashley had told them from New York City, where he was at the time, to keep Kevin at all costs, but that didn’t happen.
However, we really have no idea which side has the better case, and we’ll leave it there.
The Star is reporting that representatives for Keegan, 58, recently approached the club, saying Kevin would drop his £9M unfair dismissal claim, and return as Newcastle coach if owner Mike Ashley agreed to sack Director of Football Dennis Wise, who of course is hardly liked by the Newcastle fans.
There are also reports this morning that Dennis Wise, presumably unrelated to this, will leave the club in the summer.
This seems rather sensational news, and we have no idea if it’s true or not, but we don’t think Mike Ashley would now turn his back on Joe after Joe came in and saved the club from disaster last September. It seems a little late now for Kevin to come back, after all the turmoil the club has been put through since he left last September.
But The Daily Star is saying that Keegan has told close friends he would love to return to St James’ Park – especially as current boss Joe Kinnear, 62, is now recovering from his triple heart bypass operation.
Surely it’s too late now for Kevin ever to return for a 3rd time to Newcastle, because the question would be, when would he walk out for a third time at Newcastle.
He’s had a history of walking away from his jobs, and that would always be a danger once again if he ever returned.
We need some stability right now at the Newcastle club, and a Kevin Keegan return will not give us that – not after all that’s happened these last 6 months.
Well that’s our take on this news – let us know what yours is.
Comments very welcome.