Keegan awarded damages
Kevin Keegan has been awarded £2million damages plus interest after winning his case for constructive dismissal against Newcastle. An independent arbitration panel convened by the Premier League heard the case following a claim from Keegan. The dispute relates to the circumstances in which the ex-England manager departed St James' Park in 2008. Keegan left Newcastle after only eight months of his second spell in charge following a row with club owner Mike Ashley regarding transfer policy. As a result, Keegan claimed that he not only lost a salary and other benefits which he would otherwise have received amounting to a total of more than £8million. Keegan also claimed 'stigma damages' on the basis that as a further consequence, he has found it, and will continue to find it, difficult to obtain work as a top-flight manager as a result of which he will lose up to a further £16.5m which could have been earned up to the age of 65. In a report on the hearing published on the Premier League's official website, Keegan is said to have cited the signing of Uruguayan player Ignacio Gonzalez as the reason for his departure at the beginning of September last year. The publication states that Keegan was advised by former Magpies executive director (football) Dennis Wise to sign the midfielder after only seeing footage on You Tube.
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