Keegan meeting leaves further questions

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Newcastle owner Mike Ashley and Kevin Keegan were unable to resolve their differences following a meeting on Friday.

It is understood the billionaire and the 57-year-old met in London, eight days after Keegan resigned as manager at St James' Park citing interference from boardroom level as the main factor for his departure, but the League Managers' Association revealed no solution had been found.

A statement read: "The League Managers Association can confirm that talks to resolve several issues were held between Kevin Keegan and Mike Ashley of Newcastle United Football Club. However, the discussion failed to reach a satisfactory conclusion."

It is not clear whether or not the two men will hold further talks after the news of the unexpected meeting sparked hopes of a reconciliation on Tyneside.

As rumours over the meeting's nature grew, some bookmakers responded by suspending betting on Keegan taking over as the next manager.

However, it is possible the pair may have been meeting to discuss a compromise over the terms of Keegan's departure.

There was no official word from Newcastle as the soap opera rumbled on, the club having once again found itself thrust into the headlines for unwelcome reasons.

In recent days, a series of candidates have been linked with the vacant post, with Tottenham number two Gus Poyet, Blackburn boss Paul Ince and former France skipper Didier Deschamps leading the way.

But Friday night's news provided an intriguing twist to the saga, and provided fans who were preparing to target their displeasure at Ashley and Wise with hope that there could yet be an amicable solution. That now seems unlikely.

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