There are two sides to every story, although Newcastle supporters are unlikely to have an ounce of sympathy with the club’s hierarchy right now, even if they have seen their manager walk away just three league games into the season. Indeed, if this was an unpopularity contest, then Mike Ashley would be streets ahead after this latest revelation.
The Daily Mail report that the club’s owner and directors believe that Kevin Keegan has acted unlawfully by resigning and are planning to sue him for breach of contract. Apparently, the ex-Magpies gaffer had been consulting his lawyers earlier in the week, claiming that the club actually owed him a pay-off as he was being employed in a reduced role rather than the one originally offered to him.
Newcastle United are preparing legal proceedings against Kevin Keegan after he walked out on the club.
Stunned by the troubled manager’s abrupt exit and subsequent statement, issued some 90 minutes before he was due to meet board members, Newcastle will demand £2million in damages.
With owner Mike Ashley in America and refusing to return for face-to-face talks, Keegan considered the club’s behaviour to be unacceptable and contemptuous.
It is understood that Keegan’s contract included a clause which stated that he would receive £2million compensation if sacked but would have to pay the same amount to the club if he quit. It had been inserted because of his history of dramatic walk-outs for club and country.
Keegan has already argued that he was left with no choice but to resign after just eight months in a job where his powers were gradually taken away from him. He has been left completely in the dark this summer over which players were being brought into the club, and which ones were being shipped out. Whether or not the sale of James Milner was the straw that broke the camel’s back is open to question, although Ashley can except a fan backlash if indeed legal proceedings are brought against Keegan.