After Kevin Keegan left Newcastle in September of 2008, after just nine months in charge in his second management stint, and then sued Newcastle in court for wrongful dismissal, we didn’t expect Kevin and Mike Ashley to be bosum buddies.
Kevin Keegan with Chris Hughton and Terry McDermott in 2008
And it’s really not surprising that Kevin isn’t too happy with the way Mike Ashley is running the club, after Kevin was essentially double crossed when Dennis Wise was allowed to bring in players in the summer of 2008 that Kevin knew nothing about.
Kevin has given an interview to Sky Sports and he’s been interviewed by cricketer Steve Harmison:
“I got a phone call from Terry Mac, I was up in Glasgow and he said ‘They’d like to talk to you’.” “I went down to talk to them.” “I quite liked Mike Ashley.”
“I thought ‘Yeah, this could be good’.” “But no – it was a nightmare, an absolute living nightmare.” “In the end it isn’t easy to win a court case or take a club to court.”
“But I didn’t see it as being Newcastle, I saw it as Mike Ashley, Dennis Wise, a guy called Jimenez and Derek Llambias.” “The Newcastle club now has no interest on that side, the fans, the team.”
“And we talk about it a lot through all my friends and the ex-players I know.” “Until they leave that football club, it has no interest for me.” “They are not that football club.” “They are just the custodians who are in for a few years.”
“It might be five, 10 or six.” “But Newcastle United will go on after Mike Ashley.” “I think the answer to whether I would ever return to Newcastle is, you never know.” “Football clubs are about people.”
“When Sir John Hall rang me and said ‘The two people who can save this club are the ones talking to each other now’, you thought wow.” “That is a simple thing to say.” “But actually that’s all you need.
“People say ‘Never go back’.” “But I did go back.”
It’s not only football that’s all about people but that’s what life itself is all about – so be kind to your fellow readers with your comments 😀
It’s always difficult when managers have had a successful career at a club and then return – and usually it’s much harder the second time around – and for various reasons that’s what Kevin found out at Newcastle in 2008.
We’ll see how a certain Jose Mourinho does with his second stint at Chelsea.
That season we ended up getting relegated and it was a catastrophe and the lowest point Newcastle had been in many many years.
We essentially had five managers in charge that season – Kevin, Joe Kinnear, Chris Hughton and Alan Shearer.
The good news was that thanks to Chris Hughton and players like Coloccini, Harper, Nolan, Butt and others, Newcastle regrouped and came straight back up in triumph from the Championship.
But then in December of 2010 Hughton was fired – after all his good – make that great work for the club.
And Newcastle are now at another cross-roads this summer – and will we come storming back next season, or will we continue to be mediocre?
We are hoping it’s the former.
What do you think?
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