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Milner's Villa form justifies record fee, says O'Neill

Martin O'Neill knew he was not taking too big a risk when he made James Milner Aston Villa's record signing, but the manager has nevertheless been delighted with the impact the winger has made at the club.

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Kevin Keegan is suing Newcastle United for £9m in damages after claiming unfair dismissal over his departure as manager, according to reports.

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Shearer describes Newcastle system as 'dangerous'

Alan Shearer was never going to succeed Kevin Keegan under the current regime at Newcastle United and the former Newcastle captain made sure of that last night with strong criticism of the structure of management introduced by the club's owner, Mike Ashley. Shearer described the director of football position as "dangerous", a description that will not have pleased Dennis Wise.

Newcastle silent on 'Keegan 'exit'

Newcastle remained silent in the face of vociferous fans' protests this afternoon as speculation continued that manager Kevin Keegan is leaving the club.

New 'improved' deal may not suit Owen

Reacting to reports in Sunday newspapers, Newcastle United yesterday released a statement saying that they have offered Michael Owen a new and improved three-year contract. On the surface, it is a development that manager Kevin Keegan has been waiting for since April, when he raised the issue.

Newcastle in crisis? Anything but black and white

Kevin Keegan described him as the last man he'd let go. But yesterday James Milner was sold for £12m – leaving just 14 fit first-team players. So are Newcastle in crisis? Michael Walker reports

Keegan says he let Milner go

Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan today insisted it was his decision to sell James Milner to Aston Villa.

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