Newcastle United Ordered To Pay Kevin Keegan £2 Million Compensation
The case, relating to his somewhat controversial departure from St James’ Park in 2008, was heard by an independent arbitration panel convened by the Premier League.
Keegan left the Toon only eight months into his second spell in charge of the club following a dispute with owner Mike Ashley over transfer policy.
The former England manager was reported to be livid over the way in which transfer business was conducted at St James’ Park, with people other than he seemingly having the final say over signing players.
The matter reportedly came to a head over the signing of Ignacio Gonzalez, according to the Premier League’s official website, with then-director of football Dennis Wise telling Keegan to sign the player having only seen footage of him on You Tube.
Keegan’s case was based on the claim that he not only lost his salary, but also other benefits adding up to somewhere in the region of £8 million. He also claimed for ‘stigma damages’ based on the harm done to his reputation as a manager, making it less likely that he would find work elsewhere.
“I am delighted that the Premier League Manager’s Arbitration Tribunal has today formally announced that it has upheld my claim for wrongful dismissal against Newcastle United,” Keegan said, according to The Guardian.
“I took the decision to resign in September 2008 only after very careful and anxious consideration. The decision to resign was one of the most difficult that I have ever had to take in my life.
“I believe that anybody who knows me and my attachment to Newcastle United and the North-east in general will understand how difficult this must have been. I very much hope that the decision of the tribunal now confirms why I felt that I had no option but to resign from the position as manager of the club that I love.”