Football: 'Resignation' story angers Keegan

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The Independent Online
Kevin Keegan reacted angrily yesterday to reports that he had offered his resignation to the Newcastle United board before last week's 7-1 defeat of Tottenham Hotspur.

When Keegan was questioned on the matter at the end of yesterday's FA Cup third round match with Charlton he stormed out of the press conference shouting: "I'm here to talk about the game. You know the guy who wrote that. End of story."

The story in a tabloid said Keegan had told the board he believed he had taken Newcastle as far as he could and it was time for someone else to take over. It added that Douglas Hall, son of chairman Sir John Hall, had persuaded Keegan to continue.

The possibility of Keegan resigning had been a constant theme in the North-East ever since he walked out on the club in his first few weeks saying the job had not "met the brochure".

However, Keegan has given little impression since of being inclined to quit, yet there is a belief that, such is his love for Newcastle, if he genuinely felt he could do no more he would be prepared to walk away. There is no prospect of the club sacking him even if his pounds 60m investment in players is once again unrewarded this season.