Agreement Between Keegan And Newcastle In Sight


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.

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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.

Comments welcome.



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56 comments so far

  • batty

    Mar 8, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #1

    mike ashley is guilty as charged pay up fat man

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  • dougnufc

    Mar 8, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #2

    what did ashley do to make him have to pay keegan? if i am not mistake it was keegan who resigned…

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  • Steve_48

    Mar 8, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #3

    What do you guye think to the following:

    1. Retire JFK – none of us want a death on our hands and there’s no guarantee he’ll survive given the pressure of managing a Premiership team.

    2. Poison Dwarf is leaving in the summer therefore no more Directorship of Football role

    3. Bring back KK one final time, give him overall responsibility for all player management and transfers

    4. Everybody happy

    Perhaps this is deamland stuff but if [big if] we survive this year it might well stand us in good stead for next season given this season has been another write off

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  • Toon_Ksk (Huh? u mean David Craig is real?)

    Mar 8, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #4

    There goes our summer transfer funds, if we have any.

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  • batty

    Mar 8, 2009 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #5

    dougnufc well he must ov done summit why else would he pay him would you pay some one if u were in the right?

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  • jim

    Mar 8, 2009 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #6

    Steve_48 – its fine suggesting that mate, but i think quite a few of the fans dont want him back-that why i was suggesting ED and the other websites’editors do a vote on each site to give everyone a better view of who wants him back in charge-but ED hasnt done it -ive asked him 3 times now in total, in fact this will be the fourth-one e mail and this 3rd blog comment-im still up for a top quality proven manager to be brought in really, but wouldnt say no to keegan having one last try-we havnt much to lose in the position were in! lol

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  • brownrob

    Mar 8, 2009 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #7

    Steve_48

    Thats all well and good until Keegan finds out in Mid October that they have taken the Apple Tart off the menu in the canteen and storms off and demands another 8M in compensation, for unfair dismissal, leaving us with nobody willing to take us on, and with no coice but to take on the guy from Mike Bassett: England Manager

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  • brownrob

    Mar 8, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #8

    batty, if Keegan was right he would take it to the panel and get his full whack of money.

    But dont dare say he is doing it for the club… why is he suing the club when its on its knees?

    Cant wait until he is paid off and we never have to hear about Keegan again. Most likely the Keegan payoff will be taken out of the transfer budget due to the club running at a loss.

    Thanks King Kev…

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  • Toon_Factor

    Mar 8, 2009 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #9

    Steve_48

    So you want to bring Keegan back. Only for him to quit again and cause a massive Commotion and ruin another season. I dont think so.

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  • batty

    Mar 8, 2009 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #10

    brownrob // Mar 8, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    batty, if Keegan was right he would take it to the panel and get his full whack of money.

    But dont dare say he is doing it for the club… why is he suing the club when its on its knees?

    Cant wait until he is paid off and we never have to hear about Keegan again. Most likely the Keegan payoff will be taken out of the transfer budget due to the club running at a loss.

    Thanks King Kev…
    never read such shite in me life brownob

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  • batty

    Mar 8, 2009 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #11

    brownob well i have every time i read stardusts posts

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  • jonny

    Mar 8, 2009 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #12

    keegan will never work for ashley again – end of.
    and for all those slagging off keegan – i dont blame you but lets not forget what ashley has done to this club.

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  • brownrob

    Mar 8, 2009 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #13

    we will see. i would love to be proved wrong…

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  • chuck

    Mar 8, 2009 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #14

    Give him some dosh and tell him to f**k off, the guys unstable, a football dinasour and those who advocate his return are deluded.

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  • Michael12

    Mar 8, 2009 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #15

    So much does he love the club, he expresses his love by demanding a large compensation when he walked out.

    He was always a pub style manager and simply not professional. The biggest mistake Newcastle have made under any regime, is bringing him back.

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  • Dan_008

    Mar 8, 2009 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #16

    If Keegan gets his money.. which I mite add he doesn’t deserve! there goes some of the money for signing new players in the summer..!!

    So yeah thats a great idea! You walk out you get nothing!! end of story..

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  • Spitfire

    Mar 8, 2009 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #17

    The anti-Keegan comments are truly pathetic. No matter what he has or has not done,no matter what money he does or does not get he hasn’t ruined this club. Ashley has.It doesn’t take much intelligence to recognise that fact.

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  • batty

    Mar 8, 2009 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #18

    Michael12 you are a complete idiot

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  • batty

    Mar 8, 2009 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #19

    Dan_008 i hope he gets every penny and more

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  • batty

    Mar 8, 2009 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #20

    Spitfire spot on m8

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  • Girth

    Mar 8, 2009 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #21

    spitfire
    and it obviously doesn’t take much intelligence to put a couple of utter useless sentences together…
    Anyone who has even the slightest of thoughts towards Keegan coming back is a good idea, I would have to seriously think your sister is your mother and that you cannot think past whats for tea!!

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  • batty

    Mar 8, 2009 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #22

    Girth and i bet you have forgot what you have had for breakfast this morning half wit

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  • Sav

    Mar 8, 2009 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #23

    Ed, you are contradicting yourself there – saying Keegan has a history of walking out which undermines his credibility in this case.

    On the contrary, the fact KK has walked away from jobs in the past without seeking compensation when he is not satisfied with the set-up or when he thinks he can’t add any more, surely that makes his claim of unfair dismissal in this instance more credible, not less so?

    If Keegan did not genuinely believe he was undermined and treated in contravention of his terms of employment, past evidence suggests he’d be the last bloke to claim unfairly or falsely.

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  • DJG

    Mar 8, 2009 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #24

    Kevin Keegan is a greedy Traitor! I don’t ever want him back. Anyway he is past his sell by date. Go back to running that circus! And leave us to try and fix ours. ha

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  • danuneek

    Mar 8, 2009 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #25

    I find it somewhat naive of us Newcastle supporters who love KK, but at the end of day we only have what money the club creates and we struggling for survival, and not only is KK partly responsible for this by walking out on us but he also wants a cut from what little money we have. Is this really the sign of a man who loves the club and its fans. Im sorry, but I think we have all been taken for a ride.

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  • Michael12

    Mar 8, 2009 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #26

    @batty: No, Keegan is the complete idiot.

    Ashley has done far more good for this club than Keegan could ever do. Keegan has a reputation for walking out on jobs:

    Newcastle x 2
    Fulham
    Man City
    England

    Surely there is a clear trend that unmistakably unprofessional. I hope he never gets another managerial job.

    I mean come on, he is not even a world class manager and has done nothing that merits such accolades.

    Oh and @ batty; you should consider changing your name to butty considering how passionate you are about keegan, no?

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  • Michael12

    Mar 8, 2009 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #27

    Dear me, the knives are out in force for keegan today. The name Keegan seems enough to provoke even the most peace loving Newcastle fan.

    This was unthinkable weeks after he quit.

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  • marshy

    Mar 8, 2009 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #28

    the fact that ashley is negotiating with kk tells who is right and who is wrong.I would rather have kk back than the half wit we have at the moment.ashley is the total problem and i’m afraid the future is very bleak.

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  • jonny

    Mar 8, 2009 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #29

    couldnt agree more marshy and spitfire.

    people slagging off keegan are doing this club a disservice by hiding what ashley has done to this club. if ashley thought he was in the right he would have told keegan to f*** off, the fact hes negoitating says it all. no doubt therell be a secrecy clause in it to stop keegan exposing what has really gone on.

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  • batty

    Mar 8, 2009 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #30

    27 Michael12 you realy do know nothing aboot the toon ashley has ruiend this club and it will never recover as long as it has fans like you idiot

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  • batty

    Mar 8, 2009 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #31

    DJG you should be shot along with ashley and wise and co you are the traitor

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  • batty

    Mar 8, 2009 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #32

    HOPE YOU GET THE FULL 9 MILL KING KEV

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  • Michael12

    Mar 8, 2009 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #33

    I am among the fans who wish to proceed forward with Ashley because I agree with his vision of building stars from our academy.

    Those that call for “show me the Money” owners must realise that, when money bags owner leaves, he takes his money with him and our competitiveness will depend on how deep the pockets of the next owner is; that said, if we build a competitive advantage from our academy, if the owner decides to go, he / she cannot take the academy with them and thus we can maintain our competitive advantage. It is a more robust, economical and less owner reliant means of establishing a competitive advantage.

    Yes we are not doing well now I admit this but no pain no gain, the long term goal is what is important not. there must be a few sacrifices in order to get somewhere, others choose massive financial sacrifices to buy and pay expensive players while other sacrifice trophies or boasting rights as that is all those of you really want.

    I side completely with Ashley and rebuked him for bringing Keegan back because I knew it is too dangerous when a manager has more control over the fans than the owner. Clearly this mistake has come to bite Ashley.

    I hope Keegan get nothing. The man is a clown in that silly soccer circus of his.

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  • Mag 48

    Mar 8, 2009 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #34

    The trouble were in was not caused by KK but more the reason he left
    He did not walk out on Fulham but left with there best wishes after doing a good job there
    He did’nt walk out onMan City either
    He left the England job because as he said at the time he was’nt up to the job he could have carried on for a big pay out
    He only ever brought good to this club as a player and a manager
    I just hope you will be happy with our new set up
    and up to date management team

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  • Girth

    Mar 8, 2009 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #35

    batty
    was going to offer apologies for the late reply as i had to get things ready for tomorrow, but dont think ill bother, your crack mate is immensely boring!
    what i had for breakfast? ehh? crunchie nut cornflakes and a coffee….point? In fact dont answer that, your terrible crack will only make people want to leave!

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  • batty

    Mar 8, 2009 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #36

    GIRTH you must be on crack and your surely a nut

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  • batty

    Mar 8, 2009 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #37

    MAG48tottaly agree m8

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  • Girth

    Mar 8, 2009 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #38

    point proven!

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  • workyticket

    Mar 8, 2009 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #39

    “Neither side is allowed to comment on the case while negotiations are officially in progress”

    So this story is almost certainly completely made up junk again Ed.

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  • eamonn

    Mar 8, 2009 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #40

    Some people posting on this topic have short memories. Keegan was, is and will always be a Newcastle United all time great. Saved us as a player, saved us as a Manager, came within four points of the Premier League Title and left a team behind him which was good enough to finish 2nd and get to two FA cup Finals, Saved us again last season. He’s up there with Milburn, Harvey,McDonald,Beardsley, Ferdinand,Shearer,Given and others. Can’t say the same about Mr Ashley,Llambias or Wise. Pay up lads.

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