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3 September 2008


Newcastle fans are hoping for further clarity on the future of manager Kevin Keegan after two days of fevered speculation on Tyneside.
On Wednesday the club moved to expand upon Tuesday's initial confirmation they had not sacked Keegan - contrary to a spate of media reports - and confirmed a dialogue that began on Monday was in progress but he remained in charge at St James' Park.
Newcastle's official statement read: "Newcastle United Football Club can confirm that discussions are ongoing between the board and Kevin Keegan.
"Both the club and Kevin would like to reiterate that Kevin remains as manager.
"He has not resigned nor has he been sacked, as has been confirmed in respective statements made by Kevin and Newcastle United Football Club."
League Managers' Association chief executive Richard Bevan has spoken to Keegan on the issue and his comments mirrored those of the Magpies.
"He has not resigned," said Bevan.
"He is in a difficult position - he'll be discussing really important issues with the Newcastle board over the next few days."
He added: "It is not ideal having to speak on managers' positions so early in the season but I was speaking to Kevin Keegan at length last night."
The drama over Keegan's situation was being played out as West Ham counterpart Alan Curbishley resigned from his post citing "a breach of trust and confidence" over "significant player decisions without involving me".
He, like Keegan, had also called on the services of the LMA, although no solution could be found at Upton Park.
Keegan may have some sympathy having expressed his misgivings over his club's summer recruitment policy, a matter that, along with the role of executive director (football) Dennis Wise, has been at the centre of this week's developments.
Meanwhile, Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp - the man who appeared set to take the job before Keegan's shock return - has expressed his sympathy for Newcastle's long-suffering fans.
He told Virgin Radio news reporter Adrian Hieatt: "I don't know where the problems have come from or what's gone on, but Kevin is a great football man and Newcastle is a great football club with unbelievable supporters.
"They don't deserve to have their club dragged through the mud as it is at the moment, so hopefully it can all get sorted out."