Manchester United Talk banner
1 - 1 of 1 Posts

469 Posts
Not quit, sacked according to the Guardian

Keegan sacked as Newcastle manager
· Spell in charge ends after less than eight months
· Role of Dennis Wise at centre of Keegan's frustrations

* Louise Taylor
* Tuesday September 02 2008 15:02 BST

Newcastle United's owner may have worn a replica shirt emblazoned with 'King Kev' at Arsenal last Saturday but that failed to prevent Kevin Keegan being sacked by Mike Ashley today.

Rumours that Keegan - who refused to resign - and Newcastle had parted company began circulating in mid-morning after it became apparent that the manager had not turned up to take morning training.

It is understood that Keegan was summoned to a meeting with club officials including Derek Llambias, the managing director, early on Monday afternoon and effectively told he needed to pull his socks up in the wake of the team's 3-0 defeat at Arsenal. This in turn prompted a furious row in which Keegan, once again, expressed his frustration at Dennis Wise's control of the recruitment policy.

Newcastle's executive director, Wise is in charge of transfers but failed to deliver Keegan the specialist left-back he had been demanding all summer, let alone the "four top quality" signings he had hoped would arrive by midnight on Monday. Newcastle's only transfer activity on deadline day was the signing of Spanish striker Xisco and the loan signing of midfielder Ignacio Gonzalez.

Moreover Keegan, who returned to manage the club for a second time in January, was uneasy at both the decision to sell James Milner to Aston Villa, just days after he had claimed the England Under-21 winger would be going nowhere, and the club's delay over negotiating a new contract with Michael Owen.

Sam Allardyce's successor, who was appointed in the job on January 16, was due to watch Newcastle reserves play Sunderland on Monday night but, when he did not turn up, it was assumed he was either licking his wounds in the wake of the afternoon's row or had become involved in a last-minute piece of transfer business. By then though it seems Keegan sensed the axe was about to fall.
1 - 1 of 1 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.