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Magpies deny sacking Keegan
02 Sep 2008 - 20:31:13
Kevin Keegan's future as manager of Newcastle United remains unclear following a statement from the club that he has not been sacked.
Keegan, 57, was rumoured to have ended his second spell in the St James' Park hot-seat on Thursday morning following a disagreement with the board over recent transfer decisions.
Further reports then suggested the former England manager - who only returned to Tyneside as the replacement for former boss Sam Allardyce in January - had been sacked.
However following a day of confusion, the Magpies have released a statement denying that Keegan has been sacked.
"Newcastle United can confirm that meetings between members of the board and manager Kevin Keegan were held both yesterday and today," read the statement.
"Kevin has raised a number of issues and those have been discussed with him.
"The club wants to keep progressing with its long-term strategy and would like to stress that Kevin is extremely important, both now and in the future.
"Newcastle United values the effort and commitment shown by Kevin since his return to St James' Park and wants him to continue to play an instrumental role as manager of the club.
"For the avoidance of doubt the club has not sacked Kevin Keegan as manager."