Bitter Keegan Slams Ashley – Says Owner Will Sell Newcastle

Kevin Keegan is hardly a fan of Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, and that’s hardly surprising, given the past history.

Kevin Keegan – slams Mike Ashley today

Kevin was lied to by the Newcastle owner, and that’s now an admitted fact by the club.

Back on the last day of the transfer market in early September of 2008, which turned out to be a relegation season, Director of Football Dennis Wise brought in two players Kevin hadn’t even known about.

And the two players were hardly world beaters in Spanish U21 International Xisco and Uruguayan International Gonzalez.

Keegan was supposed to be in charge of all comings and goings of players at the club, at least that’s what the Newcastle public were told by the club.

Uruguayan International Nacho Gonzalez cost a cool £1M  loan fee, and he appeared only twice as a substitute in September, and was injured with an Achilles problem for the rest of the season. A lot of good he was to Newcastle that season.

And Xisco, at £5.7M transfer fee and £50K/week wages,  turned out simply not to be anywhere good enough for Newcastle.

He’s still on the books, and he’s really a nice guy, but he still has two years left on his rather lucrative contract, and will be hoping to see it through – if he can.

Ever heard of Marcelino, another Spanish player – center-back – who wasn’t good enough to play for Newcastle,  but saw out the lucrative contract Newcastle gave him, when he was signed in the summer of 1999 by then manager Ruud Gullit?

Kevin left Newcastle in September of 2008, and filed for unfair dismissal, and was able to get £2M in compensation plus costs from the Tyneside club.

Keegan  filed against Newcastle United, and not the owner, Mike Ashley, so it was the club who had to pay up in April of  2009,  just before the club was  relegated.

With that background clearly in mind,  former player and manager Kevin Keegan has come out today,  and said he still doesn’t think Alan Pardew will get to spend the £35M from Andy Carroll’s sale.

This is what Kevin Keegan said about the £35M Carroll fee:

“It is not going to be reinvested is it, I think that’s obvious. As a Newcastle fan, if Carroll is the only one you are going to lose you have to be pretty thankful.

“There may well be other players going as we speak. I think they’ll sell two more players and then he will sell the club.”

” And that’ll be the best day Newcastle fans have, when he sells the club.”

“I’d love to be able to give Newcastle fans some encouragement but I can’t see it getting any better in the short term.”

We don’t think what Kevin says will happen, and maybe Kevin is allowing  his immense dislike of Mike Ashley, get in the way of his judgment.

What he says seems to be what he hopes will happen, because that will look really bad on Ashley, but by all appearances, Newcastle already have a few transfer  targets lined up.

But we’ll know soon enough, and we don’t expect Newcastle to pay out the full £35M in transfer fees, since some of it will go towards the wages of players that are brought in,  to strengthen the squad.

But if the club can spend say £25M, that would be a good enough amount – and with say £10M spent on  wages, that would essentially be the £35M gone.

Of course if Newcastle also sell Jose Enrique,  as the rumors would have it, that money would also need to be reinvested into the squad.

What do you think about all of this stuff?

Comments welcome.

300 comments so far

  • loughy

    May 2, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #1

    as much respect i have got for keegan for what he did when he got us promoted. \but i simply dont care what he says anymore he is only saying this to get press time. If he loved the club like he did he wouldnt of dragged the fat cat to court knowing the any money he would get in court would come from the club budget.

  • Andy

    May 2, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #2

    Very misleading headline. He doesn’t say the club will be sold :S KK needs to move on and get over it

  • Brutooon

    May 2, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #3

    Nacho is always injured and Xisco is busy kissing his “guys friends” with his 50k per week

  • Solaidback

    May 2, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #4

    Same old stories written by everyone who’s got blog these days… it’s becoming tiresome & boring!!!!

  • Graeme

    May 2, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #5

    A “Non Story”!! Keegans day is long gone.

    The quicker FCB sells up and moves on the better this club will be – providing he sells to someone with a slight interest in Football in general and THIS club in particular.

    If he had a basic understanding of how football works, it would be a distinct advantage over what we have today.

  • roy kaviani

    May 2, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #6

    Keegan who? 🙂

    did anyone ask them selves this: did ashley take any money from the club? i dont think he took a penny. he has put over £300m into the club in total. We are debt free now (in a way) and our books look better than any other club in the prem.

    Rememmber he went and got Colo for £10? and then he realized the sh!t the club was in thanks to fat fred & co?

    if he doesn’t spend all of the £35 then £20 will do + anything from the sales of players.

    dont forget that some of the players we have like smith & Xisco have huge wages.

    if the club cocks up we might not be happy in loosing and paying the season tickit money 500 quid-ish! he will lose millions and i think he doesnt want that to hapen again.

    we’ll be ok guys, i’m looking forward to next season already.

  • darthkir

    May 2, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #7

    i trust that there are some truth in his word (keegan)

  • toonarmyuk

    May 2, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #8

    Let’s think about the summer transfer spending like this:

    Ashley sold Carroll for £35m and also saves his £35k per week wages. A lot of people seem to be happy if we look to spend anywhere between £25m and £35m of that transfer money in the summer.

    However….imagine Carroll had not gone and we did not have the £35m to spend. Does that therefore mean that Ashley would have spent precisely zero this summer? I bloody hope not!!!

    Now I’m not saying Ashley should spend the whole £35m of the Carroll transfer – I understand he needs part of his money back, but I would think that he could cream off £15m of it, and leave us with £20m to spend on players.

    What must also happen however, is that we should be spending that £20m IN ADDITION TO the money we would have had next summer as well, which I hope would have been about another £15m-£20m.

    That potentially gives us £40m to spend, which seems a lot, however, we desperately need at least 2 new strikers, a LW, RW, RB and LB.

    And with Enrique pretty much already having packed his bags, we need to add a second LB to that mix. I expect that if we get £15m from Jose’s sale, that at least £5m of that should be added to the previously mentioned £40m pot.

  • loughy

    May 2, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #9

    @toonarmyuk. at last some one who is talking sense instead of just being negative and slagging the club off.

  • Benton Toon Exile

    May 2, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #10

    I cant believe some people on here dissing Kevin Keegan.
    Do you remember who he is and what he did for our club.
    The man is Toon mad, a legend in the Shankley mold and believe me he is telling it as it is!
    If you ever met KK as I did on several occations you would understand his love for the club, but not Mike Ashley whom he rightly sued.

    Remember, Kevin along with lots of us Geordies still consider our club to be one of the top 3 clubs in England and therefore should not be selling our best players, and merely competing.

    I for one agree with Kevin that Ashley is bad for our club and should leave now!

    End of rant!

  • oldbobaycliffe

    May 2, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #11

    liverpool sold torres for 50million then bought carroll and suarez for 50 million plus no money held back for wages .also does that mean if we hadn,t sold carroll pardew would have had no transfer money this summer what about players sold this summer where does that money go even if we sell enrigue for 6 million due to him only having one year of his contract left his transfer fee shoud boost the transfer fund


    May 2, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #12

    Personally I hope he is wrong but I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he was right. If MA was going to sell the club this seems like the kind of thing he would do.

  • lee rob

    May 2, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #13

    If we do get 30 mil to spend I hope carr is the main man spending it,not (alan shola is one of the best strikers I have worked with pardew ) dear me.

  • mightymag567

    May 2, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #14

    toon army uk, safe to you say you have sense. everyone on here seems to be expecting just the 35million off the carroll sale to go on players. Sadly i think MA will do just that and spend about 20million, therefore saving himself a good 20million + pocketing 15million off carroll sale.

  • stuart no9

    May 2, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #15

    i can see where KK is coming from, i have thought all season ash will sell when there is nothing left to make money off. of course we dont know if he will sell , the same as nobody knows if he will invest a large chunk of the £35m it is only an opinion, however ash has not given any indication, ever , that he has NUFC at heart why should i believe he will hang around when there is nothing left at the club to sell , i , like KK think his only plan is what he will invest the £200m , or whatever, he gets for the club in

  • Benton Toon Exile

    May 2, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #16

    It makes me sick to read all the crap coming out of the club about all the millions Ashley has put in otherwise we would be out of business…… Believe me he has planned, and will get it all back with a much better interest rate than if he invested elsewhere!

    We need an owner like Al Fahed or Obramovich who really do support their club and see success on the pitch as their goal!

    Ashley is a Yid and should F*** Off to Spurs where he belongs.
    Oh sorry I forgot they dont want him either!

  • fergie

    May 2, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #17

    Alan Partridge’s favourite Newcastle goals:

  • Rotonda heights

    May 2, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #18

    Whatever you feel about Kk we are now in the hands of 3 particularly dispicable individuals and that isn’t even up for debate.

    A pig of an owner, a slimeball of a chariman and a 3rd rate manager.

    Say what you will about KK but I loved it when he was here. There was always a buzz about the way we played, who we were going to sign etc, etc. I don’t love anything about the present set up.

  • Benton Toon Exile

    May 2, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #19

    Rotonda heights; I dont really dislike Pardew and believe with the right support he could be the Man!

    I just think the club is rotten at the core, and like any business with a rotten core it will stagger along and struggle.

    Bring back fat Fred I say!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Benton Toon Exile

    May 2, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #20

    Fergie; Great link, very funny!

  • tom tomb

    May 2, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #21

    KK has a point as if you look at the last few seasons the money is kept back (remember Milner, Given). It would not suprise me or most people if KK is right, hopefully he is not!!
    However we will see, and hopefully we will get new players in and he spends. With Enrique going as well we should have decent funds. There is no way though that he will spend £50 million. We still need the club to go debt free, then we can really push on.

  • Benton Toon Exile

    May 2, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #22

    KK is a toon fan like us, he hates Ashley like us and would love it! if proved wrong.

    Has KK ever lied to you???? Has Ashley???

    I think KK might just have a point!

  • toonfan09

    May 2, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #23

    anyone see the trailer for the enrique interview tonight on late kick of at 1030 ish its on

    he said he enjoys playing football in england but of he has to go somewhere else to play he will sounds as if he wants out doesnt care were as long as its not here

  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 2, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #24

    i dont care wt any one say anything we will come to know wt will happen with the club after TRANSFER window till then we cant trust any ONE it may be ashley or PARDEw or keegan

  • Benton Toon Exile

    May 2, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #25

    toonfan09; Enrique has been saying for the past few years he want to play for Spain, and needs to be seen by the manager.
    I would’t be suprised if he goes back to Spain.

  • mightymag567

    May 2, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #26

    toonfan09: i saw it, i have me doubts the interview will be shown mind, i recall a few weeks back, barton was meant to be on – he wasnt

  • Rotonda heights

    May 2, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #27

    KK and his teams used to get the hairs on the back of your neck standing up.

    I’m not saying he is without faults, mainly not bringing through youngsters, but his passion made you believe we could achieve anything.

  • Fenham Boy

    May 2, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #28

    KK is one of the few winners he got a job that earned him a bucketful with no other likely offers so his best action is to keep shut up

    We need a RB, CB, possibly LB, creative CM, RW and 2 x Strikers. Trying to integrate this number into a team is risky particularly if they are recruited from overseas and Ashley wants to move away from FFS practice of paying over the odds on wages so he is likely to recruit from overseas or the Championship and put them on long contracts so he can spread the transfer costs over 4+ years. Now we may get players of the calibre of Tiote but we could also get players like Perch.

  • toonfan09

    May 2, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #29

    ive noticed that about spain tend to only pick people to start if they are playing in spain alonso didnt get a look in starting until he went to madrid

  • Andy

    May 2, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #30

    For all the people sticking up for KK i agree to a certain extent. I loved every minute of his first time at the club and he had us playing the way we all want the team to be playing now, he brought some great players in and brough big Al back to the toon. But ever since the end of his 2nd reign I think he has let his personal feud with Ashley and Llambias over-rule what he thinks will actually happen. He was mad to take us over the 2nd time and never should have but he did. Thanks for everything you did for us Keegan but keep ya gob shut!

  • jimmymagpie

    May 2, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #31

    During my recent stay in hospital, I was visited by 2 of the NUFC players that my nephew takes care of, and I am not giving away state secrets by telling you that the talk in the dressing room is that Pardew has been given a budget of £17.5m for transfer FEES. The remainder of the Carroll money has to go on transfer add-ons, of which there are many, heated pitches at the training centre, and improved facilities at the Academy. The Enrique fee will go towards paying off the overdraft at Barclays, as Ashley wants to make himself the only creditor, in the event of receiving an acceptable offer for the club. Pardew has told the players that he is only looking for 1 striker, as he is intending to employ Ben Arfa in a forward role, plus the existing strikers, with Ranger going out on loan. No mention of a couple of big, strong, physical defenders, which is badly needed. Don’t shoot the messenger, and before you ask, one of the players who told me this, played at Liverpool yesterday.

  • Andy

    May 2, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #32

    toonfan09 I don’t think that is true as Alonso replaced Fabregas in that team because it wasn’t working. There isn’t really many top spain players outside of spain. I could say 2 – Fabregas and Silva maybe 3 if you include Pepe Reina but would you really start fabregas or silva ahead of iniesta or xavi

  • henock1989

    May 2, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #33

    for all of u ppl who are inexperienced in the football world …KK is a legend…he is a manger that can build a team …he aint no random coatch u find …he is a legend and u HALF OF U GUYS are going at KK…i wish u said that in front of my face …i would love to knock U OUT!!

  • GeordieGerman

    May 2, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #34

    jimmymagpie, only 14 to choose from then. 🙂

  • daneevz

    May 2, 2011 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #35

    Alright Lads i see no decent news today from Ed. I was roamin the other night and came across this website very interestin has all players values in the transfer markets and i was lookin at Gervinho and he has the same agents as S.Taylor. its worth a look lads


    May 2, 2011 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #36


  • jimmymagpie

    May 2, 2011 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #37

    GG – surely you don’t expect me to get one of the players into trouble. As you know, I’ve never given you wrong information before, so take it or leave it. The posters who are wanting Gervinho, remember he disappears for 4-6 weeks for the African Nations in the New Year. We will also lose Tiote then, and before the season even starts the way he’s going on. Back for 3 games and booked in each one. We need to be careful about how many African players we sign, because January is an important month, with the start of the FA Cup. Well, it would be if we stood a chance of progressing beyond the 3rd round.

  • GeordieTwo

    May 2, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #38

    jimmymagpie what you say makes sense and the numbers sound about right unless we sell Jose as well. Hard to say what we will get for him, maybe 10 million? If so maybe we have up to 20 million to spend. If we only bring in 1 striker then the fools running the place are asking for trouble again. Even if Ben Arfa stayed healthy injury to the new striker would be a disaster especially if Ranger goes out on loan. Peter is finished as is Ameobi and who knows about Best. I was interested by comments about how the new 10 year frozen ticket price policy could really damage the club as it means no chance to improve club income by gradually rising ticket prices. No other club is doing this. I know the prices are already high but does the price freezing mean the owner has very little ambition other than to stay in the Prem? I think we will be a bottom half club until this man and his cronies leave. Graham Carr says we need at least 6 new players to come in and this makes sense to me, especially if we get rid of Smith, Perch, Peter, and possibly sell Jose as well. In this case even 6 players isn’t enough especially at forward and across the back 4. We also need a real right winger with pace. It makes your head spin.

  • jimmymagpie

    May 2, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #39

    Geordie 2 – Lambsarse has already said that the height of the ambition is to finish in the top ten. Top 3 following, top 10 ambition, sums up the present ownership! Aim for 10th, and you end up in the bottom 6, if not worse. Aim for 6th and you may finish in the top half.

  • toonfan09

    May 2, 2011 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #40


    agree that they wouldnt get in ahead of iniesta and xavi but rekon stands more of a chance out there because if our international manager cant even be arsed to come to the north east will theres really come all the way to england

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