Any time there’s a story with the words ‘Newcastle’ and ‘United’ written, it’s important to expect the unexpected. After all, this time last season, Sam Allardyce was manager and things were going relatively well at St James’ Park. Since then, he’s been axed, Keegan has been and gone as manager, while Mike Ashley has stopped sitting with the away fans and put the club up for sale. Oh, and Joe Kinnear is interim manager.
The Press Association report that things are set to get more curious still, with Kevin Keegan poised to not only return to manage the club for a third stint, but also be given a stakeholding in the Tyneside club. Mike Ashley has cut his asking price and apparently one consortium would be willing to give King Kev a chunk of something that he holds close to his heart.
A Nigerian consortium claim to have made a £200million offer, while a South African group are understood to be ready to make their own approach. And The Evening Chronicle have reported that the South Africans, who like their Nigerian counterparts want to re-install Keegan, will offer the 57-year-old a stake of up to 10% in the business if he returns.
There have been suggestions that the group of five so-far-unnamed businessmen have already tabled an offer of £280million, within touching distance of the figure Ashley is thought to want for the club.
It’s looking increasingly likely that KK will return to the club in the not-too-distant future, and this time, he might not be burdened by directors of football interfering and meddling with transfers. There’s little doubt that the fans are angry that he’s left the club, despite the fact that he’s an average manager at best and that Newcastle would be better off with someone in touch with the game who has proven himself at winning trophies.