27 Sep 2008

Kevin Keegan could return as manager for Newcastle United

4:35 pm on 27 September 2008

The Newcastle United's caretaker manager Joe Kinnear is hinting that Kevin Keegan will return to the club as manager when the Premier League strugglers are under new ownership.

Kinnear, who last managed a Premier League side in 1999, who has been appointed by Newcastle on a short-term contract says he is merely a stop gap ahead of the return of the much-loved Keegan to Tyneside.

Keegan, who was in his second spell in charge of Newcastle, resigned three weeks ago over differences with owner Mike Ashley who is on the verge of selling the club.

Kinnear, who managed Wimbledon in the Premier League from 1992-99 and whose last job was at Nottingham Forest four years ago, faces a huge task to win over the Newcastle fans still seething at Keegan's departure.

The club are second from bottom and Ashley put United up for sale after saying it was no longer safe for him to take his children to St James' Park stadium.

Fans blame Ashley and director of football Dennis Wise for Keegan's decision to walk out.

Newcastle's lowest crowd for 15 years watched them lose 2-1 to Tottenham Hotspur in the League Cup on Wednesday, their fourth defeat in a row in all competitions.