Is It Wrong To Laugh Whilst Writing An Obituary? (Part Two)

Oh, now this is almost too good to be true. Not the picture, I mean. That makes me feel ever so slightly nauseous. What I’m talking about is, of course, Newcastle United’s amazing decision to take on Kevin Keegan for a second spell as replacement to Sam Allardyce at St James Park. Allardyce should sue for defamation of character, or something. I mean, of all the people that they could have chosen! The only man that could conceivably have provided more guffawing than if Mike Ashley had given the job to Alan Shearer. The man that quit the England job having worked out for himself that he wasn’t up to it. The man whose demented rantings in a post-match interview brought the strangely ungrammatical phrase “I would just love it if…” into the national consciousness. It’s magnificent, magnificent stuff. So, a quick resume. Keegan, of course, started out as a player at Scunthorpe United, before going to Liverpool in 1971. He was at Anfield for six years, but this was long enough to scoop up more or less every major trophy that and English player could win (the FA Cup in 1974, the League & UEFA Cup in 1976 and the European Cup in 1977) before going to Germany to join SV Hamburg. At Hamburg, he led his new club to its first ever Bundesliga in 1979. He was...

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