Keegan eyes return to management - and refuses to rule out Newcastle post
05 October 2009 11:46
Kevin Keegan has refused to rule out a return to Newcastle after admitting he wants another shot at management.
Keegan reckons the Magpies would be in the Premier League if he was still in charge and allowed to run the club his own way.
Last week a Premier League Arbitration Panel found the former England boss was forced out of St James Park in September last year after director of football Dennis Wise signed players Keegan didn’t want.
Keegan was awarded £2million after winning his claim for constructive dismissal but he admitted he wished the legal battle with Toon owner Mike Ashley had never happened.
Keegan, 58, told ESPN: 'It would have been better if it never happened, I was still at Newcastle and we were still in the Premier League. And I think we would have been.
'I don’t think there are really any winners in it but we’ve got to move on now. It wasn’t a great situation. The club have got to move on and I’ve got to move on.
'What I wanted was really my job. The thing I’ve lost is managing the club that I love so that’s why I say there have been no winners. But life goes on, things happen, you meet people sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t in football. And this didn’t work.
'I don’t think it’s on to return back there now, I think the fans have had enough of that but you never know in football. I’d like to think there’s still something left in me in football but we’ll wait and see.'
Asked if he still had the heart for a return to management he added: 'Yeah, very much so.'
Keegan says he is relieved the details of his row with Ashley and Wise have been published.
He said: 'It’s out in the open. An independent arbitration panel have made a judgement. People can read it, it’s out there for everyone to read so there’s nothing been hidden.
'That’s what it was all about. It’s out there now, everybody knows what happened and people will decide what was right and what was wrong and that’s the way it should be.'