Kevin Keegan – Newcastle Are Still A Selling Club


We have a feeling that Kevin Keegan still harbors some bad feeling towards  Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias – and that stems from September of 2008, when players were brought into the club without Kevin’s knowledge, and that led to Kevin leaving the club a week or so later.

Kevin Keegan

Kevin Keegan – when the Newcastle manager in 2008

And Kevin has said he thinks Newcastle will sell some of their best  players this summer. and remain a selling club.

This is what the former great Newcastle manager and player said at the Soccerex event in Manchester this week:

“I think that Newcastle are a selling club, and they didn’t give Ba the sort of security he wanted in his deal.” “I think they are going to move players on in the summer, but they will keep Graham Carr and he keeps finding them.”

“I doubt the Geordies will care whose name is on the back of the shirts,  just so long as they come and play well and give it their all.”“I know Graham Carr very well and I employed him at Manchester City,”

“He knows the French League and it is a good policy because they get very good quality players in who want to prove themselves in the Premier League.”

“I would hope that like most of you there has been a shift in the outlook on transfer policy and Newcastle will do everything they can to keep their best players.”

“And back Graham Carr and Alan Pardew in investing in the extra players that the squad is clearly short of.”

Whenever we hear Kevin or Alan Shearer talking about transfers, they always talk about investing big money to bring in players – as though the more money that’s spent the better.

But with Graham Carr and the great scouting team we have at the club – there’s not always a need to pay out big money for players – although Newcastle will need to spend some decent  money  to bring in a new top striker this summer.

We’ll have to wait and see if Kevin is right, but if we can keep our best players at the club, and bring in three purples – which is what’s being rumored is the deal this summer – we’re going to have a top squad next season.

That’s what we are hoping for,

Comments welcome.

Note – today we are trying to help one of our readers, Bagus Asmanu – who is studying at INTO Manchester – in partnership with Manchester University – and Bagus is completing a dissertation – and some of the work is on the Wonga deal with Newcastle United – and he wants as many Newcastle supporters as possible to complete his questionnaire. Here it is – please help Bagus.

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116 comments so far

  • JAMSHA

    Apr 12, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #1

    Sell players like obertan … will b accepted but not star players… mayb tiote can leav if we get around 15-20mil

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  • Rainrix

    Apr 12, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #3

    As much as i love KK i don’t think constantly deriding ashley and our transfer policy really helps us that much. Its just gives the press another excuse to talk about our players leaving. Besides we haven’t really sold anyone too important recently apart from carroll, and ba i imagine didn’t sign because he wanted to move on never mind the deal he was offered.

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  • Rozzy

    Apr 12, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #4

    ^^^ Jamie has his good side ^^^

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  • WWYCD

    Apr 12, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #5

    Could be right could be wrong though its worth noting how much Keegan hates the regime at NUFC and unfortunately he rarely has a good word to say on Newcastle these days

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  • achtoon

    Apr 12, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #6

    I lived through the keegan dream and it was great but he is a bitter bitter man. He is claiming Ba as the reason we are a selling club…. get a grip

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 12, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #7

    This man is single handedly destroying the legacy of his own legendary status in my eyes.

    He sounds so bitter and makes us fans sound fickle.

    Granted we may sell but I for one do care who pulls on the shirt.

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  • Edd Case

    Apr 12, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #8

    I’m sure we will sell.
    Colo will be off, I suspect Jonas too.
    Williamson, Obertan, Gosling, Simpson also will be off.

    Out of the rest, Cabaye I worry about a little, but I think he’ll be made full time captain and he’ll stay.
    Tiote, a big bid and I can see him leaving.
    Can’t see anyone else leaving.

    I can see 2 new strikers coming in, 2 new defenders and maybe 3 new attacking midfields.
    6 or 7 out, 6 or 7 in.
    Maybe 2 big names out, 2 or 3 in.

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  • yo-yo

    Apr 12, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #9

    You can run out of bargain basement options.

    We do need to pay the going rate for players like PEA who are next level players – 2nd top scorer French Ligue without paying silly money which is what KK would do.

    If we constantly only go for low priced players we will not always find underpriced players who can perform at a much higher level than their transfer fee would suggest – Obertan is a classic example.

    I’d love to have half a dozen £15-20m rated players in the side. That’s take us towards CL level.

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  • mikey2983

    Apr 12, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #10

    Is anyone else interested in seeing gouffran in a more central role? Especially as we have hba back so could play him and marveux on either wing with gouffran central and sissoko just behind? Just a thought but I’d love to see that happen. Or even both in a 442 with sissoko and cabaye playing central mid?

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  • JAMSHA

    Apr 12, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #11

    Mayb After Listng To KK Interview.. M.A Wont Dare To Sell Our Top Players

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 12, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #12

    As for Cabaye I don’t mind selling him if Pardew continuously misuses him.

    In the Summer it needs to be the manager or the team.

    Both cannot move us forward.

    We either back the manager and succumb to his desire to play long ball sturdy football or we find a manager who can use these technical players in their proper positions and bring the best out of them technically.

    The reason Cabaye looks so knack erred is because of the tactics. He is running around, chasing down and trying to regain possession.

    It’s like we play Barca every week when teams knock it around, put us under pressure and tire us out.

    You could also highlight the magnitude of the injury crisis due to this.

    Back him or sack him.

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  • Jackel001

    Apr 12, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #13

    Jamsha we won’t get 15-20 mil for tiote, not on this season’s performances. We’d be lucky to get 10 imo.

    On KK I think its obvious he still has a lot of ill-feelings towards MA and co but if in the summer we do sell Cabaye, benny, krul etc and no replacements then we are Donald ducked and back to square one! But lets hope MA sees silverware and not £ signs.

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  • SuperShearer

    Apr 12, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #14

    These comments from KK are petty and intended to upset Ashely, nothing more.

    Of course we’re a selling club, who isn’t. Never forget that Man Utd, one of the richest clubs in the world sold the likes of Beckham and C. Ronaldo. If the price is right, that’s the key, then the player is sold.

    Ashley knows this. That’s why IF a big money offer for the likes of Cabaye, Arfa or Sissoko comes in then they will be sold. Look at how Spurs have done it over the years. Bought players in the 10 million region sold the likes of Berbatov, Modric and probably Bale for BIG sums to then reinvest into the squad. Sell a player like Cabaye and with a scout like Carr you can bring in 2 to 3 quality players to up the competition for places.

    It’s not ideal but unless you have a lot of money that is modern football and frankly what I’ve seen Ashely doing with NUFC is the way to run a football club.

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  • achtoon

    Apr 12, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #15

    This selling sh! T is beyond…….

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  • Rozzy

    Apr 12, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #16

    I hear it every transfer window, Krul to Arsenal/Barca, Collocini to Man City/back home, Santon to Milan, Ben Arfa to Liverpool/PSG, Tiote to Chelsea/Arsenal, Cabaye to Man U/Arsenal but they are still hear and still commited.
    Its the media who come up with these stories as they have nothing to report on until the weekend rolls around with the premier league fixtures. I mean they still have sports sections to fill and cant report on fixtures a week away every day, and ofcorse the mackems like starting a roumor or two to take the attension away from there useless team. Only Enrique who thought at the time Liverpool were a bigger club, Ba who had a clause in his contract and Carroll (wich was great buisness) are the only ones to leave. So in over 2 years 3 big names have left but how many have came in ? Cabaye, Tiote, Debuchy, Yanga-Mbiwa, Santon, Sissoko, Cisse, Gouffran. Not Bad.
    Maybe Collocini will be a big name out in the summer but with 3 purple players coming in. Yes we may sell but we replace with the same if not better quality. Every club can be called a selling club if the right price comes in for a player. You cant tell me Barca or Real couldnt have any player in the premier league if the really wanted them just look at Ronaldo.

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  • lualua17

    Apr 12, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #17

    As far as I am concerned KK has the right to voice his opinion on the club. We wouldn’t be a Premier League club with a 52,000 seater stadium today if it wasn’t for KK!

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  • mumbaNi

    Apr 12, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #18

    From that sky sports link posted @ 2
    ‘Newcastle’s transformation from a side which narrowly missed out on the Champions League last season to one trying to avoid relegation this year isn’t good enough – in fact, it’s appalling, especially given the fortune they’ve spent on players’

    What is Jamie smoking ?? A sweeping statement which ignores the fact that we only invested money when half the season was gone – and our ‘fortune’ was almost equivalent of Remy and Samba for his daddy’s team. Poor commentary !

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  • JDdubai

    Apr 12, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #19

    To be honest i think we may need to sell a purple every 2 or 3 seasons but if we use that money to bring in 3 or 4 others then fair enough. Only HBA is irreplaceable right now as no-one else we have can do what he can.

    If we could get 20m for Tiote id take it straight away, 25 for Cabaye also would be a decent deal as long as we replace with quality and quantity as we did in january.

    Next season tho there are no excuses, with the squad we have plus another 3 purples we must be top 6 and in the mix for at least 1 of the cups.

    Keepers- fine
    Fullbacks- possibly 1 youth as cover but debuchy, santon and haidara are all top
    Cbs- 2 needed at least one who is top class straight away and maybe 1 youth.
    Cm- fine
    Wide- need at least 1 HBA type dribbler, someone who can beat players, Marveaux i feel will never be a first 11 player for pardew when everyone is fit but if he plays he should be behind the front man not out wide.
    Att-at least 1 top, top player, and someone with pace ideally and SOmEONE WHO KNOWS THE OFFSIDE RULE!!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 12, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #20

    Thanks Kev for what you did at the club, but give it a rest. Name a club that isn’t a selling club? Man Utd had to sell Ronaldo. There are very few clubs with the draw, finance and power to stop a player wanting a greener pasture.

    To mention Ba in this is ridiculous. The deal when agreed suited both parties, gave both an escape clause, and Demba didn’t want to sign a new one.

    Bitter, very similar to Alan who makes sly digs every now and then.

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  • TimKrulFan

    Apr 12, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #21

    We are a selling club wait till summer fat ash might as well sell are players with this manager. He makes Cabaye look crap who is arguably France’s best player.

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  • one Tony Green

    Apr 12, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #22

    Keegan is a sad little man. The only reason he came back to the Toon was because his football circus in Glasgow owed millions. He walked out on us twice, Man City, Fulham and England. Bitter little man.

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 12, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #23

    Still think Laurent Blanc could be an outside bet.

    No club compensation, be wanting to prove his skills in the pl, been away learning English, core of French players already here, proven success as a player and manager and wouldn’t demand the highest wage in the world.

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  • daztoon

    Apr 12, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #24

    Off topic
    Went into a sports direct store in Sheffield and couldn’t find a single toon item in there.We advertise sports direct all over the ground yet don’t advertise the toon in his stores

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 12, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #25

    C’mon king Kev, your a legend here you came back it didn’t work out, pls take that huge chip off your shoulder and move on, we have and you just sound like a bitter old man now KK

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  • The Bishop

    Apr 12, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #26

    We haven’t sold any player for a cash boost without replacing them properly since Andy Carroll’s ludicrous offer, and before that the relegation season. Demba Ba leaving was unavoidable unfortunately due to the circumstance of being able to sign him for free in the first place, in other words his contract had to have been beneficial to himself and his agent.
    Theoretically every club is a ‘selling club’. Every team in the world sells players if they deem them unnecessary, to maximise finances, no matter how oil rich they are.

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  • MUTINYbyLEMONS

    Apr 12, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #27
  • MUTINYbyLEMONS

    Apr 12, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #28

    Is there anyway to watch his interview on NUFC TV without having a subscription of the tv?

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  • JDdubai

    Apr 12, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #29

    Any word if they will be using Graeme Danby again pre match for the blaydon races?

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  • Williamsonsuks

    Apr 12, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #30

    Keegan was the reason I started supporting Newcastle back in 95 (plus i loved the strip) He had his time here and should just drop the sly punts at the club. We all have doubts about Ashley but the club is moving in the right direction now. We had a net profit of 25-30 mil over 4-5 seasons through transfers alone. We bought cheap and definitely scored with all them buys. Other teams have spent a lot more and have ended up with flops, like Qpr.

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  • JAMSHA

    Apr 12, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #31

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Apr 12, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #32

    I’m just glad KK isn’t in charge now after his comments that Owen could still be a world class midfielder. I couldn’t imagine a worse midfielder

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  • Ravensd

    Apr 12, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #33

    Owen can’t even get a match at Stoke as they plummet down the table. How does he reckon Owen is top?

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  • bollance

    Apr 12, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #34

    The second half yesterday was like our old KK team mounting attack after attack. Many people have called for Marv and hba in the same team and we had a taste yesterday.

    I don’t think they will be played together too often because when playing against Chelsea or a good attacking team we need to win the ball and hba along with marv will not be good enough defensively. When we get to the standard of Chelsea which is possible, then we can play marv and hba against anyone in the league.

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  • bollance

    Apr 12, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #35

    Liking marv more and more with every game he plays. Another exciting player to watch.

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  • beefman13

    Apr 12, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #36

    In reality we have only sold andy carroll in the last three seasons, and for maybe the best deal in premiership history, Ba had the clause in his contract and will always be a mercenary type, probably be at fenerbace at the end of next season wirh another nice signing on fee, we have bought 8 players with the Carroll money, i think another “3 purples” in the summer with a few leaving as well. If pardew was not so cautios we have the players now to do decent damage, last night showed his cautious side yet again and that starting 11 would not have scored yet, we gave fame changers, play the for god sake, marv n benny on sunday, even if benny is not 100 per cent hes still 50 per cent more productive than most of our team, we gave to get at the from the get go and get the crowd up.

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  • boater

    Apr 12, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #37

    Arsenal are the real premiership selling club despite their yearly CL top finish. Considering our transfer policy of unearthing continental gems – combined with a lack of CL football, we have to resign ourselves to the odd key departure.

    Of our most saleable players – Benny is the best player on the pitch when he’s fit but plays a third a season on average, so if someone pays £20m+ it would probably make sense to reinvest that in a couple of young, fit playmakers.

    Colo will go. I have a feeling Santon might be off to Italy- but I can live with that. Hope Krul stays, and I think Tiote will. Cisse is too inconsistent to justify the size of transfer fee required. Cabaye is the concern. I’m sure Arsenal and Man U will be sniffing around this summer.

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  • ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~

    Apr 12, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #38

    I don’t mind if Newcastle are branded as a selling club.

    If we can sell one player, and bring in 2-3 players of good quality and potential, I’m all for it. Many clubs sell their best players, but not many reinvest the money as wisely as Newcastle have done in the past.

    1 good player out,
    2-3 good players in.

    Sound’s good to me.

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  • boater

    Apr 12, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #39

    Bollance – I wouldn’t hold your breath about Pardew playing too many attacking players ever.

    I was reading we have the 3rd or 4th best home record in the league – and the worst equal away. We are so cautious away it’s untrue. Preparing an NUFC team to eek out a draw is pointless, it’s not in our DNA. Better we went gung-ho away and accept the collateral damage of a lose/win/lose pattern.

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  • Troy Stavers

    Apr 12, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #40

    I don’t really see how we are now classed as a selling club tbh.

    Cazza was sold for £35m and not many would argue that wasn’t the right decision.

    Ba had a clause in his contract and unless they offered him a ridiculous salary then they had no choice.

    There’s nothing wrong with selling players if its for the right price. Every club succumbs to it.

    There’s no bigger club than Man Utd and they had to sell Ronny

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