Well, that’s that then!
After a week filled with speculation about Kevin Keegan’s future, he’s finally decided to call time on his second stint at St. James’ Park by resigning last night.
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.’
Whislt Mr Monkey is not surprised by King Kev’s departure he reckons that Mike Ashley will rue the day he ever got involved with Newcastle and in particular regret the day he let this childish infighting get to the point where he’s lost probably the most popular Toon manager of the modern era.
In just over a year he has gone from being the saviour of the Toon to being the most hated, loathed and despised indiviual in the North East.
At some point, Mike Ashley, the so called ‘fervent’ supporter, should have 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 critics might say that Keegan is walking out on the club for the second time, you can’t fault a man for sticking up for what he believes in.
Sunday’s 3-0 defeat at Arsenal proved 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 just about the worst time to upset the proverbial applecart, because there is promise in the squad and there were signs that the team was beginning to gel.
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 have 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 the momnet Dennis Wise was appointed.
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 the Toon.
This opens up the possibility of Dennis ‘the Menace’ Wise, who has no experience as a manager in the top flight, returning to management and continue to assume his current role at the same time, in effect be the Manager of the club!
But wasn’t that what Keegan wanted to be allowed to do?
However, if Mike Ashley wants to go with a more experienced manager or 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). So could Toon legend Shearer be in the frame?
Whatever happens there will be someone, somewhere, crazy enough and potentially equally qualified to be daft enough to take the job fully aware of the recent revolving door of managers St. James’ Park and what they’ll be getting themselves into. But Mr Monkey reckons the prospect of a couple of million quid in compensation, for getting the sack, will attract a few applicants!
Maybe the next man will do better than Keegan, but whatever the case, Newcastle will be going through their fourth manager in less than 18 months, which no matter how you look at 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?
Mike Ashley and his board now face some tough decisions and Mr Monkey wonders whether one of them might be whether or not to sell the club.
As far as the Toon Army are concerned he can’t leave quick enough!