It seems that Kevin Keegan is really upset that his claim against Newcastle United has indeed caused a rift between him and the Geordie fans, which he fears will never be repaired.
Kevin Keegan – claimed £25M from Newcastle
It seems like the thing that shocked Newcastle fans the most was that he didn’t just claim the 3 years salary left on his existing contract (£9M) – but he also claimed about £16M for the stigma that his dismissal caused, and that was an estimate for earnings lost through the time he would turn 65.
That’s what most Newcastle fans didn’t like.
The club is not in a good financial state right now, and that claim from Kevin came at just the wrong time in terms of public relations.
What did come out of the tribunal was that Kevin was put in an extremely difficult position by Ashley, and he did not have control of the transfers, even though Ashley and the Newcastle Board were saying in public that he did. They were lying in public basically, as detailed by the Tribunal.
A source close to the 58-year-old Kevin, who is now an analyst for ESPN, but still wants to get back to management said to the News Of The World today:
“He has taken it all very hard. He looked at message boards and has been very hurt. He has taken all the criticism personally.”
“Some fans have turned on him because of the figures that were released.”
“He never wanted to leave – that has been forgotten. The situation was horrendous. He has been psychologically scarred by what has happened. He knows now his relationship with the fans has been damaged.”
Keegan was awarded £2M by the Premier League Manager’s arbitration tribunal, and is now expected to claim a second amount from the Newcastle club, for the £1.5M costs associated with the case, which he is expected to win.
It will cost Newcastle £3.5M in total – and notice again this is the Newcastle club that is paying – not Mike Ashley – as some papers continue to erroneously report.
But as far as the club is concerned, it could have come out a lot worse, in terms of the money they had to pay to Kevin, so we were all hoping that the decision would help the club now be sold.
We’re still hoping. 😀