Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Football: Will It Be Third Time Lucky for King Kev? KEEGAN RETURNS: All the Reaction from Another Amazing Day at St James's Park

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Football: Will It Be Third Time Lucky for King Kev? KEEGAN RETURNS: All the Reaction from Another Amazing Day at St James's Park

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Byline: JOHN GIBSON on Special K's return

ONCE it was Red Adair who was summoned every time a raging fire threatened to devour life and limb.

Now it's Kevin Keegan who is football's supreme fire fighter!

Whenever Newcastle United face self destruction, when the bonfire is raging and petrol has been thrown on the carcass of a once great club, the cry goes up for Saviour Kev to ride into town.

It has happened not once, not twice but THREE times and Keegan has willingly answered the SOS as we have come to expect him to because there is an umbilical cord which ties him to us.

Geordie hero. Wor Kev. Let the bells peel. Tie down the cheerleaders and douse them with cold water.

The first call came in August of 1982 from chairman Stan Seymour Jnr, fortified by the vision of his manager Arthur Cox.

Keegan, captain of England, arrived with United drifting in gale force seas and within two years he had skippered them to promotion back to the top flight of English football.

Fast forward a decade and Sir John Hall was the power broker when United, staring bleakly at relegation to the old Third Division, gambled on the charisma of KK translating into management and the Entertainers were spectacularly launched upon an unsuspecting world.

Promotion as First Division champions and runners-up in the Premier League didn't do justice to Keegan's impact not only on Tyneside but football nationwide.

And now Mike Ashley, the billionaire who prefers the company of ordinary folk behind the goal, has bought into the same dream with Newcastle once again on the verge of becoming the laughing stock of football.

Maybe the rest of the country won't understand.

Maybe to them an England manager who walked out because he said he couldn't hack it and then ran away from Manchester City to join the circus on the outskirts of Glasgow doesn't seem like a shrewd appointment. …

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