Kevin Keegan has stepped down as Newcastle manager ending days of speculation over the his future at St. James' Park. The former Fulham and Manchester City boss fell out with owner Mike Ashley over the club's transfer policy.
In a statement released through the League Managers Association, Keegan said that he didn't feel in control at the club: 'It's my opinion that a manager must have the right to manage and that clubs should not impose upon any manager any player that he does not want.'
Newcastle expressed their regret at Keegan's departure: 'Newcastle United Football Club is sad and disappointed that Kevin Keegan has resigned. Over the last few days, the club has devoted itself to the discussions it has held with Kevin and as a result of those discussions, had put together a set of practical suggestions for how to move forward.'
The news did not go down well with Newcastle fans who voiced their anger last night outside St. James' Park. Speculation is already mounting over who will replace Keegan as Newcastle boss.