Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Can't Stand You Now

IMAGE: Daily Mirror

*** This post discusses an ongoing saga - see update ***

One day after the transfer deadline, and just 3 days into the new season, Newcastle United's boss has become its first Premiership managerial casualty.

The more things change, the more things stay the same, you might conclude. Newcastle have got through 7 managers in their 15 years in the top division, including such unloved characters as Ruud Gullit, Graeme Souness and Sam Allardyce.

This time, though, it's different. For once, for the first time in many years, the fans are on the departing manager's side, and not only that, the man concerned is none other than NUFC legend Kevin Keegan, who sensationally returned to the club in January delighting many of Newcastle's famously fanatical supporters.

Results improved following Keegan's appointment, and this season started strongly with an excellent result in the first match, a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford. However, James Milner - one of our best players in that game - was sold to Aston Villa seemingly contrary to the wishes of the manager, and Newcastle's failure to replace him appears to have been the last straw.

It is not yet clear whether Keegan resigned or was sacked in the end, but one thing is for sure - Newcastle fans (myself included) are not at all happy right now, and it is clear who is to blame.

Only 3 days ago, NUFC owner Mike Ashley was sitting in the stands at the Emirates Stadium watching the match, downing a pint and wearing a Newcastle shirt emblazoned with 'King Kev 1'.

It's a good bet he won't be doing that again anytime soon...

UPDATE (19:14): As this post was being written, a statement has been released by Newcastle United, stating that Kevin Keegan has not been sacked, and that the board "want him to continue to play an instrumental role as manager".

As of 00:00 (03/09), the situation is still one of confusion over who exactly is managing Newcastle United FC from this point forwards.

UPDATE (04/09): A full two days after the story of Keegan's parting company with Newcastle first broke, his future at the club is still hanging in the balance with "talks" ongoing according to the BBC News latest.

Many Betfair bettors were stung yesterday, after having bet on Keegan to be the first Premiership manager to depart his club at odds as short as 1-3 (three to one on). Alan Curbishley's shock resignation at West Ham meant that they all lost their money.

UPDATE (05/09): Kevin Keegan has now resigned as manager of Newcastle United.

1 comment:

Obnoxio The Clown said...

want him to continue to play an instrumental role as manager

Bass, probably, or rhythm guitar,