It turns out that Kevin Keegan had a number of run-ins with Dennis Wise, way before the volcano finally erupted on August 30th last year.
Kevin Keegan – continual arguments with Dennis Wise
The Evening Chronicle has been informed by a Newcastle insider that there were many altercation with Wise, and they are listed below.
In April, 2008 Kevin expressed an interest in Gareth Barry, of Aston Villa, but his approach was “laughed off” by Wise after Mike Ashley had warned there would only be a limited transfer funds that summer.
The inside source has also claimed:
- The Newcastle United board disagreed with Keegan’s suggestion to sign then Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia, after former captain Michael Owen had recommended him to Kevin
- Keegan and Wise rowed furiously after Dennis set up a move for then Basel and Switzerland striker Eren Derdiyok. That move was widely reported but it eventually collapsed
- Keegan did not want Fabricio Coloccini signed from Deportivo la Coruna for £10M after the player had been offered to Newcastle twice in 2007 for a smaller fee
- Joe Kinnear thought he had got rid of on-loan signing Gonzalez and sent him back to Valencia, but Joe had ot mied up with Italian youngster Fabio Zamblera, who was sent to Sampdoria on loan last January.
The Newcastle source told the Chronicle:
“The findings of the report from the compensation do contain a lot of revelations.” “But they don’t tell even half of the story about what has been going on at that club in the last couple of years.”
“Kevin was adamant when he came in he was going to have a say in buying and selling players – after all, it’s how he made his name last time around as manager.”
“It all started around the April of last year when Gareth Barry was linked with Liverpool and Kev thought he had a chance of bringing him to Newcastle because of his relationship from their England days.”
“Obviously, Barry’s move to Liverpool turned sour, and he’s at Man City after staying with Villa last year.” “But Kevin is convinced with the right backing he’d have been a Newcastle player.”
“Kevin was desperate to make Newcastle as resolute as possible and also fancied his chances of bringing Sami Hyypia, but instead he was lumbered with Coloccini who was offered to Newcastle in 2007 on a couple of occasions and at that time at a cheaper price.”
Well you can’t have two people fighting like this tooth and nail, and have a successful club.
It certainly looks, in retrospect that the signing of Dennis Wise was the death knell for Kevin, and it looks like things behind the scenes were a lot worse than anybody had thought.
It’s just a complete disgrace that these things were allowed to happen, and shows once again that Mike Ashley has no right whatsoever to be the current owner of Newcastle United.
He’s a complete disgrace to the famous Tyneside football club.