Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Their Loyalty Is to King Kev; Toon Crisis: How Rumours of Keegan's Sacking Led to a Day of Frustration at St James's Park

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Their Loyalty Is to King Kev; Toon Crisis: How Rumours of Keegan's Sacking Led to a Day of Frustration at St James's Park

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FANS flocked to St James's Park after hearing reports Kevin Keegan had left the club.

They gave their reaction to the confusion surrounding the Magpies' manager's future.

Ray Evans, 37, a support worker, of Cramlington, Northumberland, said: "It's hard to watch what's happening. We love the club but the current situation is testing that."

Andy Dobson, 62, retired, of Birtley, Gateshead: "This is one of the worst nightmares I can imagine but we've come to expect anything now. I don't think they care about the fans."

Sports travel consultant Nigel Morris, 29, of Whitley Bay, said: "I can totally understand KK's decision to challenge the board.

"It seems he has had virtually no control over incoming transfers. It also appears the board were happy to sell Barton without KK's say - what a shambles.

"We're now left with a paper-thin squad that will struggle if we get any more injuries. All summer I have been of the opinion that things would work out for us and the main reason for this belief was that KK was in charge.

"We are a laughing stock once again and the never-ending soap opera continues."

Accountant Paul Blacklock, 23, of Seghill, Northumberland, said: "Another mess the club is in. KK walked away the first time after the club failed to meet his expectations.

"He loves the club and he knows what the fans' expectations are. But since 1997, when he left St James's Park, football has changed an awful lot and the club are miles behind the bulk of Premier League teams.

"Mike Ashley seems more concerned about balancing the books and having no debt.

"Man United won the Premier League and Champions League last season and I certainly would swap that for a long-term loan with a bank."

Northumbria University fitness instructor Paul Lazenby, 29, of West Monkseaton, said: "I think if Keegan goes, this is it for the club. …

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