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Kevin Keegan pays tribute to Arthur Cox

4 years ago
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Arthur Cox was the man who brought Kevin Keegan to Newcastle United.

If you weren’t around at the time, it is hard to understand just how massive this was at the time.

The then England Captain persuaded to leave the top division and drop into the second tier with Newcastle.

Winner of many league titles and European Cups, joining a Newcastle team that had experienced real wilderness years as they suffered in the then Division Two.

Arthur Cox was the man who put Keegan, Beardsley and Waddle together in that brilliant forward line, and Terry McDermott in behind.

What a season that was as Newcastle swept to promotion in 1983/84.

Showing though that Mike Ashley isn’t the only rubbish owner the club has had, the then board refused to back Arthur Cox and when promoted, he instead left and joined Derby County wh were then in the third tier of English football.

However, very quickly though he won then two promotions and took them into the first division, Newcastle United heading in the other direction once again…

For that brilliant job at Derby County, Arthur Cox has now been honoured at the 2017 Derby Telegraph Sports Awards.

Kevin Keegan couldn’t be there but sent a special message for his old boss who took him to Newcastle.

Cox was later of course reunited with Kevin Keegan when he became manager at Newcastle, plus they also worked together at Fulham, Manchester City and with the England national team.

Kevin Keegan:

“I’m so pleased that what you have done in football is being recognised.

“People in the Midlands are obviously very sensible and know their stuff!

“I can only speak from my point of view, how you influenced my life.

“Of all the coaches I worked with, and I worked with a few, my time with you at Newcastle was as good as it ever got.

“Your honesty, your professionalism, your dedication, is what they are recognising and it is about time, because people like you who give so much to the game sometimes don’t get recognised.

“You deserve it mate, you have done so much for football.

“If someone was to say what does Arthur Cox mean to you?

“Apart from a very, very good friend, I would say that he is the most honest person I have ever met in my life and that honesty transfers to all the people around you.

“You probably won’t enjoy this, because you don’t like publicity, we all know that, but just for once, let yourself go, have a little bit of wine and be sure there are so many people who would love to be there to recognise what you have done in football.

“Well done, mate. I am pleased for you.”

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