Kevin Keegan is broadly considered one of many nicest males in soccer.
However that kind-hearted nature of his was absolutely exploited throughout his time accountable for Manchester Metropolis, based on certainly one of his former gamers.
The ex-England boss managed the Residents between 2001 and 2005 and nonetheless stays the membership’s longest-serving supervisor since Tony E-book – though he can be quickly overtaken by their present boss Pep Guardiola.
However Danny Mills has revealed that Keegan was fairly gentle in the direction of the gamers at Metropolis and didn’t like giving out fines, which backfired on him spectacularly.
Explaining an incident involving Robbie Fowler and Keegan, the previous Metropolis defender advised Kick Off: “I don’t need to be selecting on Kevin Keegan, the stunning man that he’s, and it wasn’t actually his fault in all honesty.
“It was the primary season I used to be at Manchester Metropolis and we had a really, very tough dressing room for the supervisor to take care of on the time.
“We will need to have been enjoying within the north west someplace. It was uncommon as we’d gone to Carrington to have the group assembly and have the pre-match meal.
“After which we went upstairs into the video room, clearly anticipating the group to get named.
“He goes by it, so [David] James, [Danny] Mills, [Richard] Dunne, [Sylvain] Distin and so forth. After which he will get to the strikers and Robbie Fowler was named up entrance.
“There there was the kind of hush and folks wanting round pondering ‘what do you imply, Robbie?’
“Not solely was Robbie not within the room, he wasn’t even on the coaching floor. He’s not been for the pre-match meal, he’s not been there in any respect. And everyone seems to be kind of wanting spherical and no-one says something to begin with.
“After which Kevin begins speaking by the techniques and Claudio Reyna goes to the gaffer ‘Robbie’s not right here’.
“So Kevin goes ‘so the place he’s then, what’s he doing?’ Steve McManaman then goes ‘o yeah, sorry gaffer Robbie rang me this morning and says he’s received a funeral right this moment so can’t make right this moment’s sport, sorry I forgot to let you know.’
“So then you definately’re pondering to your self that is turning into a comedy sketch now.
Impulsively Kevin leans throughout and will get a pen crosses off Robbie’s identify and tells Bradley Wright-Phillips he’s beginning upfront in his place.
“He simply carried on his group discuss like nothing had ever occurred. However that’s not the top of it.”
Mills continued: “So we get to the Monday morning and Robbie is sensing he’s in a little bit of bother right here.
“He ought to have advised somebody senior on the membership in regards to the funeral, not his greatest mate – who didn’t even go on the message to the supervisor.
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“Kevin was infamous for not eager to wonderful gamers, however this felt prefer it was an incident that warranted it.
“So Robbie goes into the workplace and so they begin having a dialog. Kevin had stated to Robbie he was going to wonderful him, however Robbie wasn’t having any of it.
“So Kevin advised him ‘In case you inform all of the lads that I’ve fined you then that’s wonderful, it’s not an issue. We’ll simply hold it between ourselves and fake that it occurred.’
“Robbie’s stated to him ‘yeah course gaffer, not an issue’.
“However Robbie strolls proper out of his workplace and straight into the first-team dressing room and goes ‘oh lads, you’re not going to imagine what’s simply occurred.’ And proceeded to inform us the entire story about how the gaffer let him off.
“And from then on in not one participant was fined for being late or no matter else. Gamers had been turning up at totally different occasions and after they wished and if Kevin stated something they’d simply say: ‘Nicely you by no means fined Robbie’.
“Kevin was too trusting and too good on the finish of the day. That’s simply the individual Kevin is.
“The techniques, teamwork and self-discipline wasn’t actually there from him. He’d simply inform us all had been good gamers who had been internationals and to go on the market and have enjoyable.
“And that’s maybe why it didn’t work out for him on the very highest stage in administration.”