Garth Crooks says he was inspired this week when listening to Kevin Keegan.
The Newcastle and England legend was interviewed for the BBC’s Football Focus, as he promotes his excellent ‘My Life in Football’ autobiography.
Garth Crooks declaring ‘How good was it to hear from one of the greatest players England has ever produced this week?’
He points to Keegan’s ‘passion and enthusiasm’ and says he can’t remember ever seeing ‘a player with more courage.’
Kevin Keegan of course is never afraid to speak his mind and to do the right thing.
Newcastle fans hoping of course that one day new ownership of the club would then bring about yet another new role for KK at St James Park.
However, Garth Crooks thinks that this ‘man of the people’ would be ideal for another role, putting forward Keegan’s name as an ideal candidate to be the new Chairman of the Premier League.
Richard Scudamore is leaving his post of Executive Chairman of the PL by the end of the year but as for the chances of Kevin Keegan replacing him…
About as likely as Mike Ashley changing his ways and running Newcastle United for the benefit of the football club instead of purely for his own and his retail empire’s gain.
Honesty and openness are the words you associate most with KK, not exactly words you’d put in the same sentence with Mike Ashley or the Premier League.
Garth Crooks speaking to BBC Sport:
“How good was it to hear from one of the greatest players England has ever produced this week?
“The interview with Kevin Keegan on Saturday’s edition of Football Focus could have, in my view, lasted an hour.
“The two-time European Footballer of the Year spoke with the same passion and enthusiasm for the game that made him one of the greatest competitors I have ever seen on a football field. In fact I can’t remember seeing a footballer with more courage.
“It was that courage that led Keegan to take the England job and that same nerve that saw him lead his beloved Newcastle United to the top of the Premier League table in January 1996.
“ It was also the same man who, as a player, made it crystal clear that he would stand squarely behind the PFA in the event of any attempt by the Football League to renege on their contract with the players’ association.
“How fitting then, as he promotes his biography, My Life in Football, that the one matter that troubles him more than any other is the ticketing prices Premier League clubs are charging fans in this period of unprecedented wealth in the sport.
“His almost desperate concern that businessmen appear to be running the game, at the expense of the man on the street whose presence brings the game alive, sticks in his throat.
“Keegan was always a man of the people, and should be at the heart of the game in some capacity to quell the game’s commercial excesses.
“The new chairman of the Premier League perhaps?”