Keegan set for crunch talks

09 May 2008 07:46
Kevin Keegan is set for crunch talks with owner Mike Ashley on Friday following his comments that Newcastle United will struggle to break into the top four. The Magpies boss was forced to bring his press conference ahead of the weekend clash with Everton forward 24 hours after being summoned to London by Ashley for talks which are scheduled to begin at 12pm. Ashley is believed to be unhappy after Keegan claimed his side had no chance of breaking into the top four of the Premier League in the near future. However, Keegan claims he is looking forward to the meeting despite reports suggesting the relationship between the pair has soured just four months after he was reappointed to the St James' Park hot-seat. "I am going to London on Friday to talk with Mike Ashley. That is a good thing and I will look forward to it," he claimed. "That's the only comment I am going to make on anything to do with that." Speaking after the Bank Holiday Monday defeat to Chelsea, Keegan admitted that next season that his side would only be able to finish as high as fifth, so dominant are Manchester United, Avram Grant's side, Arsenal and Liverpool . He said: "The top four this year will be the top four next year. I want to tell the Newcastle fans that we want to get fifth. We will be trying to win the other league that's going on. "It's just the truth. I'm not disappointed. Being back in now underlines what I thought. "If we can get to fifth, it will be a massive achievement for this club. And it's very, very exciting to finish fifth."

Source: ESA