Well, that ends that. After a week filled with speculation about Kevin Keegan’s future at Newcastle, Keegan has decided to call time on his second stint at St. James’ Park, as he resigned today.
In a statement, Keegan said, ‘I’ve been working desperately hard to find a way forward with the directors, but sadly that has not proved possible.
‘It’s my opinion that a manager must have the right to manage and that clubs should not impose upon any manager any player that he does not want.
‘It remains my fervent wish to see Newcastle United do well in the future and I feel incredibly sorry for the players, staff and most importantly the supporters. I have been left with no choice other than to leave.’
This doesn’t come as a shock, but it’ll be only a matter of time before the management rues having let the childish infighting get to this point, if they don’t already.
At some point, Mike Ashley, fervent Newcastle supporter he is, should’ve stepped in and handled the situation, without Keegan having to leave. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case, and there was only one route that Keegan could take – out the exit door. While some might say that Keegan is walking out on the club a second time, you can’t fault a man for sticking up for what he believes in.
The 3-0 defeat against Arsenal on Sunday shows that Newcastle have a long way to go before they can think of being at the heights they reached during Keegan’s first stint as manager, but this is about the worst time to upset the proverbial applecart, because there is promise in the squad and the chance to make positive steps for the future this season.
However, if it was going to happen, it’s best that it happens now and not in a few months, because by that time, the turmoil could’ve seen any hopes for a respectable season go up in smoke. Not that this is exactly helpful for that either, but it’s pretty apparent that this was how it was going to end up.
What direction will Newcastle go in now? It’s pretty clear that Wise isn’t going to be sacked, so they can’t have someone who’ll soon have the same disagreements that forced Keegan to leave his post.
This opens up the possibility that Wise, who has no experience as a manager in the top flight, could return to management and continue to assume his current role at the same time.
However, if Mike Ashley wants to go with a more experienced manager/Wise doesn’t want to return to management, the new man
better be will preferably be someone who would not only get along with the right people and be able to produce the results, but be popular with the fans (and not bore them).
There is someone, somewhere, crazy enough – and potentially equally qualified – to take the job fully aware of the recent revolving door of managers at St. James’ Park and what they’ll be getting themselves into.
Maybe the next man will do better than Keegan could have, but whatever the case, Newcastle will be going through their fourth (full-time) manager in less than a year and a half, which no matter how you shake it, isn’t the best road to success.
Did Keegan make the right decision by walking out? Could his resignation have been prevented? Who do you think will be Newcastle’s next manager?