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Timeline: The ups and downs of Keegan's first stint; Keegan's return.

February 1992: "King" Kevin Keegan arrives on Tyneside to replace Ossie Ardiles as manager eight years after leaving St James's Park.

He says the Newcastle post was "the only job that could tempt him back into football".

March 1992: After only a month, Keegan walks out of Newcastle, claiming he had been refused cash by Sir John Hall and is quoted as saying the club is "not like it said in the brochure".

He reaches a motorway service station before being talked out of resignation and returns to delight fans and win his first Tyne-Wear derby 1-0.

August 1992: Almost 30,000 flood to St James's Park to see Keegan's team on the opening day of the season and record the highest attendance in England.

March 1993: The Messiah brings Andy Cole to Newcastle from Bristol City.

May 1993: Keegan delights the Newcastle fans by propelling the Magpies into topflight football, winning promotion from the First Division.

August 1993: Keegan's first game in the Premier League is against his predecessor, Ossie Ardiles, who is now managing Tottenham. A packed St James's Park sees the home side lose 1-0. Later Keegan is struck by a fan during a 1-1 draw with Ipswich.

December 1993: Keegan opts to stay with Newcastle and rules himself out of the running to succeed Graham Taylor as England manager.

May 1994: Keegan signs a 10-year contract with Newcastle.

October 1994: A bar in the Bigg Market is named President Keegan's in his honour.

April 1996: Keegan makes his celebrated: "I'd love it" outburst against Alex Ferguson, willing his team to beat Manchester United and win the title.

May 1996: Keegan offers his resignation after failing to win the Premiership.

Ferguson takes the title for the third time, four points ahead of Newcastle.

July 1996: While touring the Far East, Keegan smashes the world transfer record by bidding pounds 15m to bring Alan Shearer home.

August 1996: Keegan stands on a St James's balcony in front of 15,000 fans who gather to see Shearer wear the shirt.

December 1996: Keegan offers his resignation after a seven-game losing streak, only to be talked out of it again.

January 1997: The end. Keegan decides to resign at the end of the season but the Newcastle board persuade him to go immediately.


BITTER BLOW: Kevin Keegan after losing out to Manchester United in 1996.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Article Type:Chronology
Date:Jan 17, 2008
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