An exciting ‘exclusive’ emerged on the takeover front from The Mirror’s Chief Sports Writer Neil Moxley and North-East reporter John Richardson late last night.
The piece claims that Kevin Keegan will be invited by the Saudi-backed buyers to take up an ambassadorial role on Tyneside ‘when’ (not if!) the £300m deal goes through.
They report that the 69-year-old’s return has been identified as a ‘high-priority’ by the would-be owners, stating they are keen to ‘generate goodwill’ at the club and immediately offer the popular ex-NUFC boss a route to return.
Not only that, they report that a takeover itself is edging closer, saying it could be confirmed ‘within the next 10 days’ after The Mirror were told over the weekend that a Premier League approval is now ‘in sight’.
They claim that Staveley’s Saudi-backed consortium have not been asked by the Premier League to give any more details – despite beIN Sports and Amnesty International complaints – suggesting that this is a clear sign the test is ‘close to being satisfied’.
Back to Keegan, The Mirror report that ‘Keegan’s name and superb media and personal skills are being seen as crucial to promoting the club on a global scale‘ as an ambassador – however he isn’t the only ex-Mag they want back on board.
They also reveal that Terry McDermott has been shortlisted along with a host of former players, stating that the club’s new hierarchy are ‘keen to build bridges’ – something Mike Ashley has failed to do with any ex-Mag over the past 13 years!
Keegan vowed to never return to St James’ Park while Mike Ashley remained, so it would be quite fitting to see King-Kev back where he belongs as soon as the Saudis arrive!