The local Sunday Sun is reporting today that Newcastle United will have to pay up in full for the compensation payment to Kevin Keegan, within a short 7 days of hearing the verdict on his constructive dismissal claim.
Kevin Keegan – a big pay-off just around the corner
But while we were hoping for a decision tomorrow, sources close to Keegan last night confirmed that it could be two or three weeks before a Premier League arbitration panel will deliver a judgement on his case.
Why they take so long is beyond us – they should put the hours in and get a verdict out this coming week, hard work never killed anybody.
However, the Sunday Sun can also reveal that Premier League arbitration rules dictate that Newcastle would have to pay any compensation award in full within one week. That’s very bad news for the club.
That could be a body blow to Newcastle, and as fate would have it, this is all coming at the exact wrong time, as Barry Moat has been closing in on buying the club.
It seems that even if Keegan had tried, this thing could have not have come at a worse time for Newcastle, and whatever payment is made to him, most fans will think that money should be used for new players, to get us back in the Premier League.
After all it was his leaving – whoever was at fault, that eventually sent us down – and there’s little doubt if Kevin has stayed on the job, Newcastle would still be in the top flight.
But there’s enormous emotion over this issue with Newcastle fans, and two different points of view:
- Kevin got on his high horse again and walked out on the club for the second time. He has done this throughout his career with Fulham, Man City, Newcastle in January, 1997, and even England, and he did it again. Kevin thinks too much about his own ego and not enough about the club he says he loves.
How can he expect £10M when he only worked for 8 months and was responsible in some measure, for sending the club down?
- It was all Ashley’s fault and how can Kevin stay at a club when owner Ashley and his cohort Dennis Wise bring in players he knows nothing about.
-Kevin was put in an untenable position, and he had no alternative but to walk out. The news initially said he had resigned, but Kevin says he was sacked – that bit is still not too clear.
The truth will lie somewhere in the middle of the above two viewpoints, but both parties have to take some of the responsibility – it take two to tango.
In our vote of last week, 72% of Newcastle fans did not support Kevin’s claim.
But talk of putting Newcastle into administration is too silly to contemplate and a source close to Ashley said:
“There would still be more cons than pros for Ashley to go down that path.”
“The only reason I can see him doing that is if he is genuinely concerned for the health of his other businesses, and feels he can’t afford to shore up the football club with them.”
There is a chance the losing side could try to win the right to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland, and if Newcastle lose big time we would expect them to take that path.
If we were to guess the compensation amount, we would expect the panel to award Kevin £3M to £4m, and no more.