Kevin Keegan spotted with grandkids in Cheshire after revealing the pinnacle of his time as Newcastle boss ‘making people happy’ after saving the club from relegation to third tier
- Former Newcastle player and manager Kevin Keegan enjoyed some downtime
- The ex-England attacker was spotted on a walk with his family on Monday
- Keegan brought Newcastle a touching distance from 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 out for a walk with his wife Jean and two grandchildren.
It has been 25 years since Keegan, who also played as a forward for Newcastle and Liverpool and earned 63 caps for England, brought Newcastle painfully 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 out for a walk with his wife Jean (right) and two grandchildren
Keegan led Newcastle between 1992 and 1997 and also in 2008 after playing for them
Keegan, who was in charge of Newcastle from 1992 to 1997 and also in 2008, recently revealed that 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 have transformed a football club; we transformed a city,” he said Radio Alt.
“That’s exactly what we did by being open, allowing people to watch us train, go out into the community.
“We did so much that it was the big success at Newcastle – not the fact that we almost won the league or should have won the league or that we were the best team that never won the league, as some people say.
“It was the fact that we built a city and raised it way up and made people happy. That’s what we did.’
In January 1996, Keegan’s Newcastle topped the Premier League table with 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
However, Man United claimed the Premier League title, four points ahead of Keegan’s side
In the title race, Keegan’s explosive rant at Sir Alex Ferguson live on Sky Sports was iconic.
The then Manchester United manager had publicly expressed doubts about the commitment of Leeds and Nottingham Forest, Newcastle’s next opponents in the title race.
“I’ve been very quiet, but I’ll tell you something, it caught my eye when he said that,” Keegan explained, jabbing his finger at the camera.
“You can tell him now, if you look at it, we are still fighting for this title, and he has to go to Middlesbrough to get something. And I’ll tell you honestly, I’ll love it when we beat them, love it!’
Keegan’s Newcastle lost the title to United by four points.
Keegan played as a forward for Newcastle and Liverpool and earned 63 caps for England