The BBC report that Chris Coleman has sensationally quit as manager of Real Sociedad, fuelling speculation that the former Fulham gaffer is set to join Kevin Keegan at St James’ Park. The Welshman lasted only six months in Spain, a turbulent relationship with president Inaki Badiola appeared to force his hand.
“It’s obvious what the problems are, two differences of opinion from the president and myself,” said the former Fulham boss.
“I explained I wouldn’t stay if other people picked new players.
“We signed three-year contracts because we believed that’s how long it would take to stabilise,” said Coleman.
“However things have changed so we are very sad to be resigning from our posts at Real Sociedad.
“We thought long and hard and really wanted to stay, but at this moment it’s obvious that is going to be impossible.”
Coleman and Keegan have previously worked together at Fulham, where the former played for the new Newcastle manager. It has been rumoured that Alan Shearer would join the club as a number 2, although the Magpies legend has made it clear that he would want the job outright rather than an understudy.