Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

BARRY SNUB FUELLED ROW; KEEGAN-GATE: Kev Wanted Villa Star but Plea Was 'Laughed Off'

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

BARRY SNUB FUELLED ROW; KEEGAN-GATE: Kev Wanted Villa Star but Plea Was 'Laughed Off'

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Byline: LEE RYDER

KEVIN KEEGAN'S turbulent relationship with the current regime at Newcastle United began with a major disagreement over a move for England midfielder Gareth Barry. A Premier League Tribunal cleared Keegan's name yesterday after a long compensation battle between United and their former boss.

The deal to bring in Nacho Gonzalez was confirmed as the straw that broke the camel's back at St James's Park when Keegan was reluctant to sign the player on the basis of footage from YouTube.

The Chronicle has been informed by a United insider that a string of clashes with former transfer chief Dennis Wise and player recruitment director Tony Jimenez started in April 2008.

It was then that KK - who was under the impression he had the final say on transfers - expressed an interest in Barry, to whom he had handed an England debut and taken to Euro 2000 with him.

However it is understood that this approach was "laughed off" by Wise and Co after Mike Ashley had warned there would only be a limited transfer kitty that summer - hence Keegan''s explosive comments after the 2-0 defeat against Chelsea last season when he said United could not get into the top four on such a limited budget.

And the source has also claimed: The United board turned their noses up at Keegan's suggestion to sign then Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia after former captain Michael Owen had recommended the Kop hero to his boss; Keegan and Wise rowed furiously when the ex-Leeds boss set up a move for then Basel and Switzerland striker Eren Derdiyok with the move eventually collapsing; The United board went against Keegan's advice when they signed Fabricio Coloccini from Deportivo la Coruna for pounds 10m after the player had been offered to Newcastle twice in 2007 for a cheaper fee and hawked around to other clubs; Joe Kinnear thought he had got rid of Gonzalez and sent him back to Valencia, only to discover he'd got mixed up with Italian flop Fabio Zamblera, who was instead sent to Sampdoria on loan last January. …

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