Newcastle United manager in crisis meeting on Monday?

Despite a 3-0 tonking at the Emirates on Saturday, it’s been a reasonable start to the season for Newcastle, who drew 1-1 at Manchester United and beat Bolton 1-0. Nevertheless, if this latest report is to believed, the board aren’t particularly pleased with the way things are going and Kevin Keegan could be on borrowed time at St James’ Park.

The Daily Mail report that a meeting took place yesterday involving the Magpies manager and ‘the Newcastle hierarchy’.

The Newcastle manager was called into a 2pm meeting yesterday which club insiders described as ‘very important but not related to transfer business’ and it is believed a heated discussion took place, with managing director Derek Llambias making it clear they were not happy.

Keegan’s loyalty to bad boy Joey Barton is believed to be a bone of contention with owner Mike Ashley, who tried to move the player out of the club when he was jailed. Keegan also wants to build a team around striker Michael Owen but the club’s contract offer has left Owen in a difficult position.

Not sure what to make of this one, it’s not as if United are blessed with cash at the moment, so why would Ashley want to cut his losses on Barton? The article doesn’t really explain why the board would be unhappy with Keegan and it’s not as though the manager decided to offload James Milner to Villa for £12 million. Do you think this is a load of tosh or would it not surprise Newcastle fans to see the messiah walk away for the second time?

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