The Sunday Sun are reporting this morning that the Newcastle club’s legal problems with former manager Kevin Keegan, could be settled by the end of the month.
Kevin Keegan – agreement could be close
It turns out that talks between between lawyers representing both Newcastle and Kevin Keegan have been ongoing since early February.
And the latest news is that surprisingly good progress is being made, rather more quickly than first envisaged, and it seems that both sides are now fairly optimistic of reaching agreement in the next few weeks.
The two sides need to agree on the level of compensation that will be given to Keegan, who still had 3 years of a £3M a year deal left on his contract, when he left Newcastle.
One would have thought about a year’s salary would be sufficient, which is what Sam Allardyce received when he was sacked by the club last January, although the official word on that was it was by mutual agreement.
The mutual agreement was Newcastle said to Sam, we’ll give you £3M if you leave Newcastle and Sam said – OK.
Neither side is allowed to comment on the case while negotiations are officially in progress, but part of the disagreement is whether Kevin was sacked or he walked out. Certainly Kevin has a habit of walking out of other jobs he’s had in football, including England, and of course Newcastle, in January of 1997.
The dispute was thought to have to go eventually to a Premier League arbitration panel hearing, but that seems to have been avoided, which is good, if they indeed can work out a suitable deal.
This is one of many things the club must clear up, so we can get on with building up the club again, and substantially strengthening the playing squad, although there is a dark cloud on the horizon called relegation, staring down on the club.
And it’s hard to think about the transfer market this summer, until we are sure we will be in the Premier League next season, which is not a given, with our rather tough run-in of matches.