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?