Kean Poised to Take Over at Newcastle

Former Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean is in advanced talks to take over from sacked boss Steve McClaren at Newcastle United, it has emerged. “For a long time, relations between the club and supporters have been somewhat strained” admitted a source close to owner Mike Ashley, “and we believe this will be a popular appointment that will get the fans back on board as we look to get ourselves out of our current difficult situation. Crucially, Steve already has direct experience of overseeing a Premier League side’s transition to the Championship, so that – along with the respect he commands from football fans all over the country – is what makes him a natural choice for the Magpies at this moment in time.” In an interview with Richard Keys on Talksport this morning, Kean described his brief at Newcastle as “clearing up the mess that Sam Allardyce left”; however, it is understood that doubts still linger over his credentials among fans of the club. Speaking to Radio 5 Live, Duncan McPartlin, president of the Newcastle United Supporters Trust, commented: “We’re just a bit concerned that this is basically a cheap populist gesture from Ashley and his pals that will give us a short term feel-good factor, for sure (a bit like when Big Al [club legend Alan Shearer] took over a few years ago) but that will not necessarily yield the results we’re looking for over the long haul. And I mean no disrespect whatsoever to Steve Kean when I say that.”

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