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Keegan row intensifies

07 Sep 2008 - 10:55:42

The fall-out from Kevin Keegan's Newcastle United departure has continued with the club criticising their former manager for making his thought on his exit public.

Keegan had said he was unhappy that the club's director of football, Dennis Wise, had "imposed a player on the manager that he did not want."

The Magpies sold James Milner last month while Michael Owen and Joey Barton were linked with St James' Park exits before eventually staying with the club, while only Xisco and Ignacio Gonzalez were signed on transfer deadline day.

However, Newcastle have hit back at Keegan's claims, with a statement from the club reading: "Newcastle United wished, at all times, to keep any dispute that it had with Kevin Keegan private.

"It is therefore disappointing that information has reached the media through unnamed sources and a briefing has been given by the League Managers' Association that could give rise to a misleading impression amongst the club's fans.

"Newcastle United have no desire to engage in a war of words, but inaccurate reporting of factual matters and inaccurate allegations have to be corrected.

"It is a fact that Kevin Keegan, on appointment on January 16, 2008, agreed to report to a director of football and to the board.

"It is a fact that Kevin Keegan worked within that structure from January 16, 2008 until his resignation.

"It is a fact that Kevin Keegan, as manager, had specific duties in that he was responsible for the training, coaching, selection and motivation of the team.

"It is a fact that Kevin Keegan was allowed to manage his specific duties without any interference from any board member.

"It is a fact that Kevin Keegan agreed only to deal with the media in relation to club matters relating to the team and not to communicate with the media in relation to the acquisition or disposal of players.

"It is a fact that NUFC is a business and operates, like all businesses, with financial constraints.

"It is a fact that NUFC's financial constraints inform its transfer dealings."


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