As we had reported last Sunday former manager Kevin Keegan’s attempt to get his 3 year contract paid up by Newcastle for £10M – which includes around £1M for costs, started yesterday.
Kevin Keegan – wants the money
Kevin was at a special Premier League tribunal hearing that was assembled to hear the facts from both sides, and then presumably decide on an amount of compensation that would be suitable for Keegan – if any.
The Newcastle United club is counter-suing Kevin for breach of contract.
The case is expected to last for several more days as witnesses, including former Executive Director of Football Dennis Wise, Managing Director Derek Llambias and head of recruitment Tony Jimenez all give evidence on Keegan’s claim for constructive dismissal.
And according to sources close to the deal, if this situation can be solved in Newcastle’s favor – with just say a small (£2M?) pay-out to Keegan or less – that will significantly assist in the selling of the club. But this looks too much like political posturing to us.
The new investigation against Ashley’s company Sports Direct for fraud, may indeed help with the sale of Newcastle since presumably owner Ashley will need to spend significant time on the fraud investigation defending hsi company’s actions.
He will not have no time to run a famous headline attracting club like Newcastle United – but did he ever?
The are two sides to this case of Keegan versus NUFC.
- For Keegan – Keegan was completely done in by Ashley, Wise and company, and unlike the brochure said – he did have have full control of who came and went at the club. Some of the players he put forward were not pursued, (one is cited as Bacelona’s Thierry Henry) and Wise brought in two pearls in Xisco and Gonzalez on the very last day of the transfer window, unbeknown to Keegan – which led to the hostile break-up.
Indeed, there are rumors that behind the scenes Wise and company were laughing at some of the players Keegan wanted, and just didn’t pursue them in good faith.
We think Shearer’s laying down of the law to Ashley, following relegation, was based on Alan knowing something of what happened between the two parties, and that seems to have ostracized Alan Shearer from Ashley since early June.
- Against Keegan – Keegan got on his high horse for the umpteenth time in his management career, and in a bizarre show of personal ego walked out on the club he said he loved – after just 3 days of the season.
And whether he was responsible for this or not – it finally led to Newcastle demise and is now a second division club. He’s walked out on Newcastle for the second time, and has also done so with Fulham and Man City before, and even walked out on England because he lost to Germany – he walked out 10 minutes after that game with another game 4 days later – and again showed his selfishness, pettiness and over-sized ego, in a time of crisis.
And even though Newcastle is strapped for cash with a wage bill for £45M the club still can’t afford – it didn’t stop Kevin coming back to demand his contract paid up in full and around £1M in costs. – even though he will be doing nothing for the club these next 3 years and is now an ESPN analyst. His actions make a mockery of his often repeated statement that he loves the club,
Take your pick – but it’s hard to completely justify and agree completely with one side, and as we all know in all big arguments – it takes two to tango.
It’s extremely unfortunate timing for Kevin to be claiming he should be paid £3M a year for the next 3 years, following the fact he wasn’t around last September, led to the start of Newcastle’s dramatic demise last season.
Since we have no idea how our readers feel on this one, we’ve put up a poll on our home page, asking if you support Kevin Keegan’s action in suing Newcastle – please vote – today of possible.