Keegan’s £26M Damages Claim Could Have Sunk Newcastle

Newcastle managing Director Derek Llambias has finally hit back at the criticism leveled at Newcastle, from former manager Kevin Keegan earlier this week, when Kevin was answering questions on BBC Radio Newcastle.

Kevin Keegan – while at Newcastle for the second time as manager

Kevin argued that Alan Pardew would see none of the £35M the club got for Andy Carroll, and criticized the club for selling Andy on the last day of the transfer window without being able to bring in a suitable replacement.

Kevin did however, think the deal for Andy Carroll from his former club, Liverpool, was just too good to turn down.

Derek Llambias told the Daily Express today:

“How can Kevin Keegan talk about having any concern for this club’s finances when he took action against Newcastle United that could have finished us? ” “He was claiming close to £26M from Newcastle when he took his dispute over his departure to a tribunal.”

“In the end he was awarded the minimum amount – just £2M, but if he had been awarded what he was claiming, the club would not be here today. His remarks are astonishing.”

“The very reason we got as much as £35M for Andy Carroll is because we concluded the deal on deadline day. Liverpool wanted him but we wanted our price and they had to pay it.”

“As for his comment about not selling James Milner before replacing him, the club had signed Fabricio Coloccini, Danny Guthrie and Jonas Gutierrez in the weeks before he was sold.”

The only thing we have to say about this comment, is that we all have to remember there is very bad blood between Kevin and the Newcastle hierarchy.

Kevin has every right to be bitter because of what happened, but you know life goes on and sometimes it’s better just to let bygones be bygones. It’s much better for your health by the way. 😀

We fully expect Alan Pardew to be given money in the transfer market this summer, and we expect him to bring at least four good players in.

And as some readers on this web-site have wisely suggested, it doesn’t really matter how much Alan is given, just as long as we bring in four or five very good players, hopefully on good deals too.

After all we did get Cheick Tiote for £3.5M last summer, and the hope is that Chief Scout Graham Carr has one or two more good signings lined up for Newcastle.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • Sav

    Mar 5, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #1

    Whatever about KK’s comments, reading about the Streaker moralising about the good of the club is a bit hard to take, Ed.
    Keegan should not have had to sue them to get his contact paid up and £26 million suit would not have sunk Ashley. Far from it. And given the damning comments from the bench levelled at the 2 jokers still in charge at our club, I think Llambias would be better advised to keep his gob shut – as usual.

  • Zubr

    Mar 5, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #2

    Well he’s not the messiah, just a very naughty boy.

    Who tried to rape the club to pay his own company debts.

    Come on lads 3 points today, losses for scumderland n bolton. A man u win a carrol injury and we are all happy eh?

  • super bartooon

    Mar 5, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #3

    Kevin keegan has love for this but yet he walked out on us the first time, although pushed out the second time wanted a huge pay day which would have left this club in dire financial situation.
    We have moved on keegan you should warm the couch on ESPN and shut your gob Derek should just shut up as well.

  • Chris F

    Mar 5, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #4

    Llambias is quick to criticise, yet unsurprisingly fails to acknowledge that Keegan won his tribunal, a tribunal in which they admitted to LYING to the fans and KK on a regular basis.

    He had every right to go after them, they broke his contract and made him look like a mug in public by constantly undermining him.

    Sick of so-called Toon fans having a pop at Keegan for answering a bloody question on the radio.

    Keegan left in 97 because the club was going PLC and he felt it would bring about too much boardroom meddling, and considering the mess it got us into, he was probably right.

    KK isn’t the problem here, the problem is the clowns that own and run the club and regularly treat their paying customers with disdain.

  • Widowmaker

    Mar 5, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #5

    Don’t know if 4 players would be enough for us. In case AP includes replacements in the 4-5 players he had mentioned, we will still operate with a thin squad next season.

  • Plasticine Pete

    Mar 5, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #6

    Keegan didn’t go to court to get £26M, he went so he could publicise what was going on. Once in court he was asked whether or not the £2million compensation outlined under the terms of his contract was a fair sum. He immediately agreed.

    If had had accepted the sum without the court action he would have walked away with £2million in his pocket, but also a gagging order preventing him speaking about the matter.

    The way it panned out he got his £2 million and managed to blow the gaff on what was going on with Llambias and Wise.

    Keegan has been unwise in raking over old coals, however old Lamarse seems to have risen to the bait. Somehow officials at NUFC never seem to be able to communicate at the right times, and then say some fairly silly things when best keeping quiet.

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 5, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #7

    The board speaks? The board speaks! THE BOARD SPEAKS… ! Were the hell is my dairy?

    Zubr, Don’t really wish injury on Carroll and I’m quite looking forward to seeing how he preforms tomorrow. A win for us and a loss for Liverpool will put us above them and that will be my way of sticking my fingers up to him.

  • milburn 77

    Mar 5, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #8

    You got the wrong headline. it should read Ashleys lies to the fans and treatment of Keegan could have sunk Newcastle

  • BiffBaffBoff

    Mar 5, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #9

    I agree with GeordieGerman, I dont wish Carroll to get injured but would love it if we finish above liverpool on goal difference thanks to his goals earlier in the season and we end up qualifying for Europe thanks to it 🙂

  • oldbobaycliffe

    Mar 5, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #10

    i have to be honest and say i believe in what keegan says i doubt ashley will spend all carrolls money after all ashleys track record proves he is a liar..the last time was in the last transfer window carroll would not be leaving but stuck him in his helicopter to make sure he could sign for liverpool

  • roy cropper

    Mar 5, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #11

    “The very reason we got as much as £35M for Andy Carroll is because we concluded the deal on deadline day. Liverpool wanted him but we wanted our price and they had to pay it.”……..

    and at what point did you and your puppet master decide that you’s would be selling him – about 3 weeks earlier if i’m not mistaken.

    bet you’s – love it just love it – when a plan comes together.

    cockney w@nkers.


    Mar 5, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #12

    So £26M would have sunk a billionaire owner eh? Hmmm, think Derek should do what he normally does and KEEP HIS LYING MOUTH SHUT! He has already made comments about 2 people for whom this club would be nowhere near the PL without, Shearer & KK. What a disgrace this is, as is the fact some fans on here are siding with him. I’m ashamed that these people call themselves Geordies and support this board.

  • Lee Dodd

    Mar 5, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #13

    Derek Llambias Needs To get Lost we would rather have Keegan Than Him and Fat Boy. Are they That Daft to Think the Fans will back Him and Fat Boy !! If we could get Keegan to Front a Buy Out Team that Would be Awsome !!!! Special K is a Geordie Legend . Bloody Good Job Jackie Milburn Isn’t around to hear The Crap They Come out With and Crazy Stunts The 2 Of them Have Pulled !!!!!!

  • Drona

    Mar 5, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #14

    Liverpool wanted him but we wanted our price and they had to pay it.”

    Good. Now we know he was sold, and he didn’t want to leave.

  • stuckdownsouth

    Mar 5, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #15

    Drona – if he didn’t want to leave he wouldn’t have – he had a contract!

    This is a good sign in my mind, although I don’t particularly like what Llambias has to say, at least it’s not the usual ‘club source’.

    Hopefully the board can grow some balls and continue to have opinions and voice them -for our part we need to grow up and not slag them off for saying nothing and then slag them off for daring to speak!

  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 5, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #16

    ED,You say that “Kevin has every right to be bitter because of what happened”
    I understand that he was being told what to do in the transfer market by that li`ll idiot from London but KK just did what he does best in the last years.IE-through away his dummy and walk out and left us in an awful state 🙁
    You don`t do that against someone you LOVE so much.

  • andre29

    Mar 5, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #17

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  • terencelim

    Mar 5, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #18

    Ok here we go. Mike Ashley started to find excuses not to spend the 35000000!

  • solano

    Mar 5, 2011 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #19

    milburn77……post 8……..Ashley’s lies and deceit and ineptitude DID sink us………..relegation was never on the cards until the Keegan fiasco and although going over old ground, he was more than justified in suing the b**stards!

  • Rangerman

    Mar 5, 2011 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #20

    Liverpool wanted him but we wanted our price and they had to pay it.”

    Good. Now we know he was sold, and he didn’t want to leave.


    How do you come to that conclusion?

  • Rangerman

    Mar 5, 2011 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #21

    Lambias should just keep his mouth shut as even though he’s right and Keegan did try to take the club for a ridiculous amount of money he should know that he’s not going to win a PR battle with Keegan.

    Just ignore his rants and concentrate on running the club.

  • carrollsinger

    Mar 6, 2011 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #22

    4-5 players could be enough as benny and gosling will be like 2 new signings anyway as long as we ship out smith (will be hard) Campbell kuqi I would love to see bendtner come in he’s class he needs games and will score bucket loads


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