It’s been eleven years since Kevin Keegan sensationally quit as manager of Newcastle United, and the 56-year-old has told talkSPORT that his return is partly due to having some ‘unfinished business’ at St James’ Park. Can King Kev mean that he wants to win some silverware for the success-starved Magpies fans, something he wasn’t able to do the first time around?
“I have met the owner (Mike Ashley). I like him very much and having spent an hour with him, I am convinced that it is right to come back. Maybe I have a bit of unfinished business here.
“I am just as excited this time as I was when I came to play here at 31 and when I came as a manager at 43 or 44.
“I think this is right, I have certainly inherited a strong, talented group of players – which is something I didn’t have when I came last time.”
Many people continue to find this appointment baffling, especially when you consider Keegan has spent several years in the football wilderness. However, the announcement has been met with almost-universal acclaim in the north-east and pleasing the fans is surely half the battle for Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.