Please note: This was written last week literally hours before Kevin Keegan announced his resignation, I was so unhappy and disappointed that I sat on it for a week. It is still kinda relevant (maybe), so I’m publishing it anyway.
I came home on Tuesday night to get the shock of my life, I turned on my Mac and loaded up the BBC website like I had a million times before but this time I was greeted with a headline that made my heart skip a beat. It went something along the lines of “Keegan in Crisis Talks”. The moment I read this nothing else mattered, I was straight onto the forums of the internet searching for answers.
Unfortunately all I found was confusion. “I hope it’s not true”, they said. “I just can’t believe it”, others cried. It seemed that no real facts were available on the whole of the net. I could work out that the rumour began life on Sky Sports and snowballed after.
“I hope it isn’t true, I just can’t believe it!” I thought to myself.
“BREAKING NEWS: Keegan leaves Newcastle”, the BBC website had updated itself. I almost shed a tear, a friend of mine sent me the message, “It’s official KK is out. Fuck newcastle, I’m supporting Man City.” and my heart was broken for the second time in only one week.
I then read further, “Kevin Keegan has left Newcastle BBC sport understands.” Understands! What the devil do they mean ‘understands’? Well, whatever shady character made them understand this was talking out of his arse. Just before I went to bed that night, dejected and unhappy, Newcastle Utd released an official statement clearly stating that Keegan had gone nowhere.
As I write this he is still there now and while only a fool would claim that everything is rosy at St. James’ Park, media coverage was way off on this story.
I’m disappointed with the BBC, it seemed like they were just trying to beat Sky with getting the news out first only to make a major slip up. It didn’t help that inside this b.s article it stated, “Newcastle have picked up only 4 points from their first 3 games”. Considering those games included Arsenal and Manchester Utd away and don’t know what they were expecting. It’s 1 point more than I thought we would have at this point and I’m mister optimism.
I used to praise the BBC website to high heavens, now I don’t think I will ever trust them again. Presenting gossip and rumour as fact was once the domain of the likes of Sky now the BBC have seriously fallen from grace in my eyes. A shame. I was going to link to the offending article on the BBC website but they have since updated it to cover their tracks, it’s as though they are ashamed to admit their mistake.
This whole story has done more than uncover the lack of professionalism at Newcastle but also the BBC should take a long hard look at themselves.
Still bricking it over what’s going to happen to Kevin though. DON’T GO KK! :(