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Kevin Keegan

"I know I need people to help me but I don't need a faith-healer.  I want all the players to sing the national anthem.  I want the same things everyone else wants for England."

18 matches in charge

P 18 W 7 D 7 L 4 F 26: A 15
58% successful
FIFA Rankings: from 11th to 15th

1999-2000

discipline:  25 2
players managed:
47

Profile

Full name Joseph Kevin Keegan OBE
Born 14 February 1951 at 32 Elm Place, Armthorpe, South Yorkshire [registered in Don Valley, Yorkshire, March 1951]
Married to Jean Woodhouse on 23 September 1974, at St Peters in Chains Church, Doncaster [registered in Doncaster, September 1974]. Two daughters - Laura Jane & Sarah Marie.
Height/Weight 6'2", 13st 6lb. [2004]

Playing Career

Following a trial at Coventry City FC and a subsequent rejection, Keegan played his football with the local Doncaster sides, including Peglar's Brass Works Reserves, Elmfield House Youth Club and Lonsdale Hotel FC. It was from the latter that Scunthorpe United FC became interested and signed him in 1968. A dream move followed to Liverpool FC for £33,000 on 10 May 1971, although if Preston North End FC could have afforded as little as £500 more, history may have been a little different.  After 230 league games and 68 league goals, Keegan went across to West Germany to join SV Hamburger for £500,000 on 3 June 1977, a Bundesliga record fee (ninety league appearances, 32 league goals). In February 1980, a press conference was called that would shock a soccer nation when Lawrie McMenemy announced that Southampton FC had clinched the signing of Keegan, with effect from 1 July 1980 for £400,000 (68 league appearances, 37 goals). Keegan dropped a division and signed with Newcastle United FC on 19 August 1982 for £100,000 (78 league appearances, 48 league goals). Kevin announced his retirement on 14 February 1984, to take affect at the end of that season.
Club honours Football League Champions 1972-73, 1975-76, 1976-77, runners-up 1973-74, 1974-75; UEFA Cup winners 1972-73, 1975-76; FA Cup winners 1973-74, runners-up 1976-77; FA Charity Shield winners 1974, 1976; European Cup winners 1976-77, runners-up 1979-80; European Super Cup runners-up 1977; Bundesliga Champions 1978-79, runners-up 1979-80;
Individual honours England 1972-82 (63 appearances, 31 captaincies, 21 goals, six British Championship winners, one as shared winner);
FWA Footballer of the Year
1976; Ballon d'Or runner-up 1977, winner 1978, 1979; PFA Player of the Year 1982;
Distinctions Appeared on ITV's This Is Your Life 14 February 1979

Management Career

Club(s) Appointed manager of Newcastle United FC on 5 February 1992, when United where floundering at the bottom of the second division of the Football League. Nevertheless, he resigned after 38 days, only re-appointed after crisis talks with United chairman, Sir John Hall. He was appointed temporary manager of the England U21 side on two occasions as cover for Dave Sexton in October and November 1994. After guiding Newcastle into the top tier, he shocked the footballing world by announcing his resignation again on 7 January 1997.  Keegan returned to football with Fulham FC on 25 September 1997, as Chief Operating Officer, taking over the manager's role in May 1998.
Club honours Football League winners 1992-93; Premier League runners-up 1995-96, 1996-97; FA Charity Shield runners-up 1996; Football League Second Division winners 1998-99;
Individual honours Awarded Order of the British Empire 1982; Premier League Manager of the Month November 1993, August 1994, February 1995, August 1995, September 1995;

England Career

England tenure Appointed temporary manager 17 February 1999 and manager 14 May 1999; resigned 7 October 2000.
First match No. 756, 27 March 1999, England 3 Poland 1, European Championship qualification match at Wembley Stadium, London, aged 48 years 41 days.
Last match No. 773, 7 October 2000, England 0 Germany 1, World Cup qualification match at Wembley Stadium, London, aged 49 years 236 days.
Major tournaments European Championship Finals 2000.
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Backroom Staff Peter Beardsley was an assistant coach.  Arthur Cox was used as a part-time coach, as the Football Association refused to employ Cox permanently. Derek Fazackerley was another coach employed by Keegan.  Ray Clemence was the goalkeeping coach. Alan Smith and Gary Lewin were the physiotherapists.

Beyond England

Management Career

Club(s) Keegan returned to football sometime later, on 24 May 2001, as manager of newly-relegated Manchester City FC, where he remained until announcing his retirement from football on 10 March 2005. Keegan returned to St. James' Park on 16 January 2008 as a manager, by name only, which only added to another resignation on 2 September 2008.
Club honours Football League winners 2001-02.
Individual honours Football Association Hall of Fame 2002.
Is currently employed in Media Work, particularly as part of the expert analysis panel on ESPN's coverage of the Premier League.

 

Kevin Keegan - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 9 4 3 2 14 5 +9 4 4 1.556 0.556 61.1 +2
Away 6 2 4 0 7 4 +3 1 2 1.167 0.667 66.7 +2
Neutral 3 1 0 2 5 6 -1 0 1 1.667 2.00 33.3 -1
All 18 7 7 4 26 15 +11 5 7 1.444 0.833 58.3 +3

 

Kevin Keegan - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L

WCP

1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 1 0 0.00 1.00 00.0 -1
WCF - - - - - - - - - - - - -
World Cup 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 1 0 0.00 1.00 00.0 -1

ECP

7 3 3 1 12 3 +9 3 4 1.714 0.429 64.3 +2
ECF 3 1 0 2 5 6 -1 0 1 1.667 2.00 33.3 -1
European Championship 10 4 3 3 17 9 +8 3 5 1.70 0.90 55.0 +1
Friendly 7 3 4 0 9 5 +4 1 2 1.286 0.714 71.4 +3
All 18 7 7 4 26 15 +11 5 7 1.444 0.833 58.3 +3

 

Kevin Keegan - Match Record - Tournament Matches
World Cup Preliminary Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCP 2000-02 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 1 0 0.00 1.00 00.0 -1
WCP Total 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 1 0 0.00 1.00 00.0 -1
European Championship Preliminary Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
ECP 1998-2000 7 3 3 1 12 3 +9 3 4 1.714 0.429 64.3 +2
ECP Total 7 3 3 1 12 3 +9 3 4 1.714 0.429 64.3 +2
European Championship Finals Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
ECF 2000 3 1 0 2 5 6 -1 0 1 1.667 2.00 33.3 -1
EC Total 3 1 0 2 5 6 -1 0 1 1.667 2.00 33.3 -1
European Championship Preliminary & Final Competitions
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
EC 1998-2000 10 4 3 3 17 9 +8 3 5 1.70 0.90 55.0 +1
EC Total 10 4 3 3 17 9 +8 3 5 1.70 0.90 55.0 +1
All Competitions
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 1 0 0.00 1.00 00.0 -1
EC 10 4 3 3 17 9 +8 3 5 1.70 0.90 55.0 +1
Total 11 4 3 4 17 10 +7 4 5 1.545 0.909 50.0 =0

 

Matches in which Kevin Keegan was in charge of England
Took temporary charge on 17 February 1999
European Championship Preliminary
1 756 27 March 1999 - England 3 Poland 1 [2-1]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (73,836)
Scholes (3)
Brzęczek
HW
Friendly
2 757 28 April 1999 - Hungary 1 England 1 [0-1]
Népstadion, Budapest (20,000/45,000)
Hrutka
Shearer (pen)
AD
Took permanent charge on 14 May 1999
European Championship Preliminaries
3 758 5 June 1999 - England 0 Sweden 0 [0-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (75,824)
  HD
Scholes
4 759 9 June 1999 - Bulgaria 1 England 1 [1-1]
Stadion Balgarska Armia, Sofiya
(22,000/25,000)
Markov
Shearer
AD

Petrov

Season 1999-2000
5 760 4 September 1999 - England 6 Luxembourg 0 [5-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (68,772)
Shearer (3 (1 pen)), McManaman (2), Owen HW
6 761 8 September 1999 - Poland 0 England 0 [0-0]
Stadion Wojska Polskiego, Warszawa (14,000 to 17,000)
  AD
Batty
Friendly
7 762 10 October 1999 - England 2 Belgium 1 [1-1]
Stadium of Light, Sunderland (40,897)
Shearer, Redknapp
Strupar
HW
European Championship Preliminary - Play-offs
8 763 13 November 1999 - Scotland 0 England 2 [0-2]
The National Stadium, Hampden Park, Glasgow
(50,132)
Scholes (2) AW
9 764 17 November 1999 - England 0 Scotland 1 [0-1]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (75,848)
Hutchison HL
Friendlies
10 765 23 February 2000 - England 0 Argentina 0 [0-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (74,008)
  HD
11 766 27 May 2000 - England 1 Brazil 1 [1-1]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (73,956)
Owen
França
HD
12 767 31 May 2000 - England 2 Ukraine 0 [1-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (55,975)
Fowler, Adams HW
13 768 3 June 2000 - Malta 1 England 2 [1-1]
The National Stadium, Ta'Qali (10,023/611)
R.Wright OG (Carabott (pen))
Keown, Heskey
AW
European Championship Finals in The Lowlands
14 769 12 June 2000 - Portugal 3 England 2 [2-2]
Philips Stadion, Eindhoven (31,500/33,000)
Figo, João Pinto, Nuno Gomes
Scholes, McManaman
NL
15 770 17 June 2000 - England 1 Germany 0 [0-0]
Stade Communal, Charleroi (27,700/30,000)
Shearer NW
16 771 20 June 2000 - England 2 Romania 3 [2-1]
Stade Communal, Charleroi (27,000/30,000)
Shearer (pen), Owen
Chivu, Munteanu, Ganea (pen)
NL
Season 2000-01
Friendly
17 772 2 September 2000 - France 1 England 1 [0-0]
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
(76,318/77,000)
Petit
Owen
AD
World Cup Preliminaries
18 773 7 October 2000 - England 0 Germany 1 [0-1]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (76,377)
Hamann HL
Resigned 7 October 2000

Notes

Kevin Keegan's natural ebullience was not enough.  The rainy gloom furnished an appropriate setting for one of the saddest days in England's football history as Keegan, head down, walked off the pitch and away from the job following the loss to Germany in old Wembley's last international.

Kevin Keegan says he found the England manager's job soulless and claims it is better suited to foreign managers. The 60-year-old former Newcastle United, Fulham and Manchester City manager was unable to reproduce his club success when he took the job in February 1999. He told BBC Radio Manchester's 'In the Spotlight' programme:

"I found it soulless and I didn't enjoy it. Obviously, people look at the results and say they're the worst results ever of England manager. In the end, walking off after Germany, the fans were horrendous and fair enough, it was disappointing. And I thought, it was the fans who got me the job so it's time to go. I don't regret the England manager job, but I didn't enjoy it.  I found it hard to fill in the time. I found myself going and training the blind team, the deaf team, working with the ladies team.  It's a very difficult job and it saddens me to say it, [but] it's a better job for a foreigner than an Englishman at the moment." - BBC Sport, 5 May 2011

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