The Guardian today brings us word that Kevin Keegan is completely in the dark over some of his club’s latest acquisitions.
Not only is Keegan still at loggerheads with Newcastle’s owner Mike Ashley, but the Toon Army’s whole transfer system seems to be a game of ‘Blind Man’s Buff’ where everyone but Keegan is in the know:
Although Fabricio Coloccini watched this flattering 2-1 win over Valencia from the main stand and Mike Ashley, the club’s owner, wore a replica shirt emblazoned with the Argentinian defender’s name, Keegan appeared remarkably ill-informed about the progress of his £10m transfer from Deportivo La Coruña.
“There’s nothing official,” he said. “I can’t tell you anything at the moment, I don’t think. He was here, that’s for sure. I like his haircut – it’s like mine and Terry Mac’s were in the 70s. I can’t say any more than that at the moment.”
Then there is Jonás Gutiérrez, an Argentinian winger who upset his former employers, Real Mallorca, by buying out his contract to join Newcastle. The La Liga club are appealing to Fifa for extra compensation and, while Gutiérrez is free to play in friendlies, Newcastle have yet to receive the registration papers from Mallorca that will enable him to play in the Premier League.
Asked if this issue would be resolved in time for Sunday’s trip to Manchester United, Keegan merely said: “I don’t know, I hope so.” (Guardian)
It certainly looks like Keegan’s grip on power at Newcastle United is very loose indeed. Is Keegan being frozen out at St James’ or is this just the way that the club operates?