Keegan – ‘Mike Ashley Is Not Newcastle United, The Fans Are’
Kevin Keegan has spoken out against Mike Ashley once more, after a period of relative quiet.
In recent times I had even heard vague rumours that some kind of arrangement/deal had been agreed whereby KK wouldn’t comment about Ashley. If there was any truth in that particular rumour then the ‘agreement’ is definitely at an end.
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“I got a call from Terry Mac (McDermott), I was up in Glasgow, and he said; ‘They would like to talk to you’.
I went down and I quite liked Mike Ashley. I thought, ‘Yeah – this could be good, but it was a nightmare, an absolute living nightmare.
In the end it isn’t easy to to win a court case or take a football club to court but I didn’t see it as being Newcastle United, I saw it as Mike Ashley, Dennis Wise, a guy called Jiminez and Derek Llambias.
The club now has no interest for me on that side; though I talk about the fans and the team a lot through all my friends and the ex-players I know.
Until they (Ashley etc.) leave the club it has no interest for me, they are not that football club, they’re just custodians who are in for a few years.
It might be five, ten or six years, but Newcastle will go on after Mike Ashley.
Football clubs are about people and when Sir John Hall rang me and said, ‘The two people who can save the club are talking to each other now, I thought wow!’”
He clearly loves the fans and gave us so much. As for the court case, judgement was resoundingly found in favour of Keegan, the club (Ashley/Llambias) had misled him about his role and in fact a key piece of evidence that was used in the court case was an interview that appeared in our magazine with Chris Mort (Chairman at the time of the interview), where Mort confirmed that Keegan had the final say over transfers and not Dennis Wise/others.
The same people who blame Keegan for taking Ashley/the club to court for the disgraceful way he was treated, are no doubt the same ones who blame KK for ‘losing’ the league in 1996, as though it was an annual event for Newcastle United to be on the brink of winning the Premier League!
Keegan nearly WON us the league, you nuggets, he didn’t lose it.
One thing I do know is that if ownership of Newcastle United ever changed, Kevin Keegan would be a brilliant figurehead to appoint and to represent the club in various ways.
The daft way that Ashley has ran the club is that he has managed to undermine and treat both Keegan and Shearer disgracefully. Two people who love the club and fans unconditionally and who could have been a massive asset for both Mike Ashley and Newcastle United in so many ways.
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