Several newspapers this morning are reporting that Kevin Keegan and Newcastle owner Mike Ashley will finally meet each other tomorrow in a Premier League arbitration panel.
Kevin Keegan – twice former Newcastle manager – but never again
In case we need a review of the case, Keegan, who is now an analyst for Premier League football at ESPN, left St James’ Park a year ago, and is claiming around £8M for constructive dismissal.
Ashley in return has put in a counter-claim in of £2M for breach of contact.
Before we go any further let’s just say that regardless of who was at fault, their disagreement was pinnacle in the famous Newcastle club now being in the second tier of English Football, and that’s the serious backdrop to this case.
Tomorrow a Premier League arbitration panel will sit in judgement, with fears that the dispute could even go to the High Court. Oh no!
Keegan’s £8m claim, Newcastle’s oversized overdraft facility with Barclays Bank, and the massive wage bill of around £45M, are said to be the three major reasons why Ashley has not been able to sell the Newcastle club for £100M.
One of these problems may be sorted out tomorrow -but how Keegan can expect £8M, from a Championship club in finanancial trouble, is completely beyond us – when he after all is the one who left.
We know that because Ashley made a last dramatic attempt the Friday evening before the Hull City game ( a year ago yesterday), to get Kevin back, but that failed,
That hardly looks like an owner who fired his manager, which is what the Keegan camp is claiming.
Do you think mature managers like Mark Hughes or the like, would walk out on their clubs? But as we all know this is not the first time this has happened in Keegan’s football management career, which will count against him in this case.
He even walked out on England, when we were beaten by Germany 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier – and these are pure facts and not our opinion.
But at this stage it’s all about who’s right between the two men, since no agreement could be reached between them – but let’s remind both of them that life isn’t always about being right.
One good saying for any marriage is that you can either be right or happy.
That means one spouse can ensure they win all the arguments etc in the marriage, but the marriage will hardly be a happy one, far better to give and take a little, and the likelihood of a successful marriage then goes up dramatically.
The same applies to these business arguments, which are based purely on ego – and let’s be clear that this is one that’s based completely on ego.
Quite honestly we don’t give a dam who’s right now, because the argument and the resulting departure of manager Keegan after just 3 league games last season, is the one event that started Newcastle’s dramatic decline, from which we are only just recovering – maybe.
If only these people would put the club before themselves.
By the way I know of which I speak – my wife Madeline (a Geordie) and I will celebrate 37 years of marriage together next month – and yes that’s right – I didn’t win all the arguments. 😀