Kevin Keegan is getting rave reviews as he tours the country promoting his new autobiography.

Playing to packed audiences hanging on his every word.

Newcastle fans, Liverpool fans, neutrals, all keen to experience the enthusiasm and storytelling of somebody who should still be actively involved in football (at Newcastle United), and it’s a tragedy that he isn’t.

Keegan’s latest appearance was at the Cheltenham Literature Festival on Wednesday, a talk with Henry Winter in front of yet another packed audience, Henry is Chief Football Writer at The Times and is also one of the few national journalists who really gets Newcastle United – who understands the characters involved and much of what has gone, and is going, wrong.

Via his Twitter account, Henry Winter has given a taste of what it was like to appear alongside Kevin Keegan yesterday.

Not surprisingly much of it related to Newcastle United, past and present.

The man from The Times quoting Keegan on Wednesday ‘Rafa’s doing an incredible job. He sees the massive potential of the club. He’s hoping and praying – and he can’t say it, but I can – that someone comes and takes it and puts some investment in.’

Winter admires the Kevin Keegan who stayed for another three hours yesterday signing books etc for and talking to the long queues of people desperate to meet him.

However, he says this is no surprise as when he first interviewed Kevin Keegan over 20 years ago, he had to wait for a couple of hours to do the interview as KK was signing stuff and talking to people before he left the training pitch. This was at that glorious time when the team trained in the 90s at Maiden Castle just outside Durham and fans were allowed to watch the team train on a daily basis.

Henry Winter after the talk with Kevin Keegan at Cheltenham Literary Festival:

‘Packed house at Cheltenham Literature Festival to hear Keegan talking passionately about Newcastle United and Liverpool, the problem with Ashley, disenfranchised fans, Best’s genius and why Grealish could spark England.

‘Easiest event I’ve ever hosted: great questions from audience and Keegan spoke powerfully for an hour.

‘Keegan on Benitez living with limited resources from Ashley at Newcastle United: “Rafa’s doing an incredible job. He sees the massive potential of the club. He’s hoping and praying – and he can’t say it, but I can – that someone comes and takes it and puts some investment in.”

‘Keegan was brilliant, great stories and some serious stuff about fans being disenfranchised and also phone-hacking.

‘Kevin staying for 3 hours signing (for people at the event) doesn’t surprise me, I first interviewed him in 1995/6 at Maiden Castle. Newcastle United said, ‘Come for noon, but he might take a few minutes to leave the (training) pitch’. It took 2 hours as he was doing autographs/pictures for fans. Legend.

“After his talk at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, Keegan signed copies of his new book for three hours and talked to everyone in the long queue, including many Newcastle and Liverpool fans who had travelled.’

  • wheyayeman

    He’ll be back and I can’t wait for that beautiful day in the sun !

    • Dillon Tovak

      He won’t, Ashley’s going no where and he’s gonna endure KK never steps foot in SJP again. 😕

      • Wor Lass

        Bluddy `ell, Dillon, have you been on holiday with Jezza or something?

        • Dillon Tovak

          I wouldn’t call it a holiday, long weekend in magaluf.

          For real though, I just see Ashley hanging on for another 5 years plus and I can’t see KK looking for work at that age.

  • Wor Lass

    I remember talking to Stevie Baker when he was at Southampton with Keegan and asking if he was as “nice” as he appeared, He reckoned he was exactly what you see – anyone could ask him for help with extra training and he`d be there for as long as it took. Youth players, first teamers, reserves – anyone. The most genuine and approachable guy he`d ever come across.

  • Paul Patterson

    He’s a throwback to a distant time. A time when football was a game. His words on Ashley should be engraved on the wall outside St James’s Park the day Ashley eventually leaves..

    “I look forward to the day when Newcastle is free of the man who has lurched from one bad decision to another, run an empire of self-harm and handed money and power to people who deserved neither.”

  • Hughie

    As before hope he uses his influence along with Shearer and some of our internationally known celebrities and business tycoons to lobby potential buyers. No idea what Beckham’s Inter Miami is costing, but he is setting it up with a consortium of 8 and putting money in himself. As Keegan says NUFC is a potential gold mine. Surely NUFC is a much less risky proposition to a potential investor than an embryonic USA club in a city where soccer has failed before? So come on Kev and Al … you are in a far better position than the rest of us to set the ball rolling towards genuine takeover interest!!

  • Kneebotherm8

    Canny lad is wor Kev……

  • Toontone100

    Devastated I missed this as it was so local to where I live but I have his book and enjoying every page. The man is a legend !