Kevin Keegan is spotted out with his grandkids in Cheshire after revealing the highlight of his time as Newcastle boss was ‘making people happy’ after saving the club from relegation to the third tier
- Former Newcastle player and manager Kevin Keegan enjoyed some downtime
- The ex-England forward was spotted taking a stroll with his family on Monday
- Keegan took Newcastle to within touching distance of the Premier League title
Former Newcastle player and manager Kevin Keegan, who saved the club from relegation to the third tier, enjoyed some downtime with his grandchildren in Cheshire on Monday.
The 70-year-old, who has been out of the game since leaving the Magpies in 2008, was spotted with his wife Jean and two grandchildren taking a stroll.
It’s 25 years since Keegan, who also played as a forward for Newcastle and Liverpool and earned 63 caps for England, took Newcastle agonisingly close to the Premier League title.
Former Newcastle player and manager Kevin Keegan (L), who saved the club from relegation to the third tier, enjoyed some downtime with his grandchildren in Cheshire on Monday
The 70-year-old was spotted with his wife Jean (right) and two grandchildren taking a stroll
Keegan managed Newcastle between 1992 and 1997 and also in 2008 after playing for them
Keegan, who managed Newcastle between 1992 and 1997 and also in 2008, recently revealed the highlight of his time in the Magpies hotseat was ‘making people happy’ after saving the club from relegation to the third tier.
‘I don’t think we transformed a football club; we transformed a city,’ he told Radio Alty.
‘That’s just what we did by being open, allowing people to come and watch us train, going into the community.
‘We did so much so that was the big success at Newcastle – not the fact we nearly won the league or should have won the league or were the best team never to win the league as some people say.
‘It was the fact we built up a city and took it way up there and made people happy. That was what we did.’
In January 1996 Keegan’s Newcastle topped the Premier League table by 12 points, ahead of Liverpool and Manchester United.
Keegan’s outburst at then Man United boss Sir Alex Ferguson live on TV in 1996 was iconic
Man United however claimed the Premier League title, pipping Keegan’s side by four points
In the title run-in Keegan’s explosive rant at Sir Alex Ferguson live on Sky Sports was iconic.
The then Manchester United manager had publicly cast doubt over the application of Leeds and Nottingham Forest, Newcastle’s next opponents in the title race.
‘I’ve kept really quiet, but I’ll tell you something, he went down in my estimation when he said that,’ declared Keegan, jabbing his finger at the camera.
‘You can tell him now, if you’re watching it, we’re still fighting for this title, and he’s got to go to Middlesbrough and get something. And I’ll tell you, honestly, I will love it if we beat them, love it!’
Keegan’s Newcastle went on to lose the title to United by four points.
Keegan played as a forward for Newcastle and Liverpool and earned 63 caps for England