Does Kevin Keegan Really Want To Return To Newcastle?

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.

38 comments so far

  • 619nufc

    Mar 1, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #1

    We need an attacking manager and one who loves the club

    Keegan 😀

  • 619nufc

    Mar 1, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #2

    on a keegan article?

    something must be horribly wrong

  • Tom1664

    Mar 1, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #3

    He’s a legend, but if he really, truly cared about the club he wouldn’t have left in the first place. Surely he knew we’d be in this position if he walked out?

  • Johno Toon

    Mar 1, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #4

    He is a ledgen and the reason i support newcastle today , but enough is enough dont think he should come back a third time

  • Leo

    Mar 1, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #5

    there are some rediculous articles going on today

  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Mar 1, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #6

    I agree – as much as I loved his attacking football he just gets himself too easily wound up. If we can get a manager who plays even nearly as good football without burning himself out, we’ll be much better off.

    Kinnear still isn’t the answer though, as much as I respect his attitude.

  • DanToon

    Mar 1, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #7


  • Joseph

    Mar 1, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #8

    Let me make this clear he is a legend for what he did for the club in his first stint and he is part of the reason i’m a newcastle supporter however its time to move on if he did come back again their would be a media circus and a nagging question lingering over the place as to if he would walk again. Best to leave sleeping dogs lie in my opinion

  • dougnufc

    Mar 1, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #9

    I really do miss and love those times with Keegan, but we are never going to move forward with him.

  • hitman

    Mar 1, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #10

    any links for the game lads.

  • jimiley

    Mar 1, 2009 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #11

    Ed we have loads of stabilty now, don’t we?. Joe Kinnear sick with a dicky heart and Hughton in charge. Can you think of anything worse?

  • catchy in norway

    Mar 1, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #12

    well its not a secret now,
    wont happen and the satr know it, thats why they can say such crap

  • Alex

    Mar 1, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #13

    Its time to settle his compensation claim and move on . We need stability and KK will not provide that , as great as he was for us as player then manager its time we found a new “messiah” Shearer with Rob Lee as his assistant and the current backroom staff would do , then get rid of Wise and give Kinnear the dof position .

  • Tony

    Mar 1, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #14

    shola and oba starting up front with lover r.taylor butt and jonas in midfield

  • Toon_Factor

    Mar 1, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #15

    OMG Shola up front again, this is beyond a joke, we need Viduka upfront, if Ameboobi plays again next week am running to that dugout and telling Hughton and the other guy what I think of them

  • hitman

    Mar 1, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #16

    links to the game plz..

  • beyethegreat

    Mar 1, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #17

    i dont want keegan back he was right to walk away but if you look at ashleys plans which is to bring players through the academy he isnt the first person you would axk is he if this is true i also feel that he was being a bit disrespectful to jfk if he did ask for his job back

  • Davy Craig

    Mar 1, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #18

    I obvioulsy don’t know for sure because I’m not party to the true info but I think that Keegan called Llambias’ bluff to get assurances as he did with Hall when he first became manager. The situation is different because then he wanted cash for signings whereas this time around he wanted control over signings. Llambias seems to have double bluffed Keegan and he was left out on a limb thereby thinking that he’d actually been sacked. A strange situation but not so when the passionate man that is Kevin Keegan is involved.

    I want things to be sorted out one way or another and wouldn’t rule out a return for Keegan. After all what other way will Ashley appease the fans enough to ensure season ticket sales. I’ve already paid for mine and will be renewing for the wife and bairns as well.

    Let’s put this to one side for now and concentrate on today’s game.

    Come on!!!!

  • Aussie Toon

    Mar 1, 2009 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #19

    links for game please!!!!!!!!!!!

  • batty

    Mar 1, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #20

    alex why should jokener get the dof job as newcastle history books go he will get a very small paragragh in newcastle history

  • DanToon

    Mar 1, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #21

    Ameobi starts arrgghh!

  • hitman

    Mar 1, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #22
  • aus_toon_todd

    Mar 1, 2009 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #23

    where’s duff, not even named on the bench?

  • Aussie Toon

    Mar 1, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #24

    thanks hitman

  • Paul141726

    Mar 1, 2009 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #25

    Keegan for a third time? Don’t think so-it’s always ended badly for both sides. As for Ashley wanting to keep him here at all costs, he should have been in Newcastle making that known and not in New York swilling champagne like he had not a care in the world.

  • simon376

    Mar 1, 2009 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #26

    I can see it now, Joe moved upstairs to Dof for the sake of his health and Keegan back to save all that money that would have been paid out. I for one wouldn’t be complaining

    At the end of the day, it make sense, save on the Wise pay by giving Joe the same role at no doubt less costs and have Keegan back and that money will still go out but paid in a monthly salary

  • jim

    Mar 1, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #27

    and what would we have to lose by keegan coming back at this stage in our dire predicament exactly? i tell you what summit needs to be changed! can u see us pickin up points in our next few fixtures with them doolys in charge? i cant ! im not sayin keegans the rite choice but hey-if we go down were in deep sh** – we need a lift-and he can get the place buzzin again

  • jim

    Mar 1, 2009 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #28


  • Alex

    Mar 1, 2009 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #29

    batty i would give joe the dof job because
    1- he has football knowledge
    2- he has big scouting contacts
    3-he dared to come when no one else would
    4-it means we are rid of the poison dwarf

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 1, 2009 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #30

  • Robbanufc

    Mar 1, 2009 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #31

    Personally, I love King Kev!

    I for one would’nt mind him coming back. He will take us up to the top 8 within 2 years, if he has financial backing from Ashley.

    He will bring back an attacking minded football, which I love. You all saw how he did last time vs. Man Utd, at Old Trafford. For me, that was nothing short of amazing. Plus last season, he saved us from relegation.

    I vote yes for King Kev return!

    Walking along, singing a song! Walking in a Keegan wonderland!

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 1, 2009 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #32

  • Toronto_Toon

    Mar 2, 2009 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #33

    Both Ashley and Keegan have lost their credibility over this whole affair.

    Even if Keegan wanted to come back and Ashley would have him, I don’t think anyone would trust that the relationship wouldn’t fracture within months. No stability there.

    Forget this story. It’ll never happen.

  • telsave

    Mar 2, 2009 at 6:07 AM

    Comment #34

    Bit late for this game but for those who keep asking for a link to the game have you tried I live in Spain and never miss a game sometimes unfortunately!
    I agree with most comments I cannot understand why they allow Shola to play up front watching yesterdays game apart from the header he was uninterested and drifted around without threatening anyone he will not pass and there were at least three occassions when he was wide os the goal had one or two in the clear to pass to and shot for his favourite side netting, he just does not have the skill for the premiership although may be good for us if we go down to the Championship perhaps that is the thinking of the clowns in the dug out!

  • padthemag

    Mar 2, 2009 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #35

    bring back keegan!! at least we would have a right go at staying up not this always say die attitude under these clueless clowns we got now,as for stability that will be nice in the championship,it was kk that kept us up last season.cant think of anything worse than goin down id love it if keegan came back

  • jim

    Mar 2, 2009 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #36

    Well we can all argue til were blue in the face-we all have a different opinion and rightly so-but how about we try and put something usefull together from it all aand ask a head of each website and blog and the NUSC etc to take a vote on each site-a simple ” Would u welcome Kevin Keegan back as manager ? “vote, then we can get a bit of a better idea how many would and would not-that puts Ashley in the picture then the NUSC can show him the results from each one -just an idea -someone from here take it on, whoevers on the most and talks a bit sense etc ? or even Ed who runs the blog, that will look even better-Ed?

  • jim

    Mar 2, 2009 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #37

    i know the quotation marks went in the wrong way-lol-dont pick me! lol

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 2, 2009 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #38



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