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Wednesday 04 September 2013

On this day in 2008: Keegan steps down from Newcastle post

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan resigning

  • Kevin Keegan returned to St James' Park as Newcastle manager in January 2008

  • He previously led the Magpies to second in the Barclays Premier League in 1996

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day: 4 September 2008 - Keegan resigns as Newcastle boss

Kevin Keegan resigned from his post as Newcastle United manager eight months in to his second spell as manager at St James' Park.

He led the Magpies to Barclays Premier League safety after completing a dramatic return to the club, but he decided to part company with the club three matches in to the new campaign.

Keegan remains a hugely popular figure with the Newcastle fans after his exploits as a player and manager on Tyneside. He scored 48 goals in a successful two-season spell as a player between 1982 and 1984 but he made a great impact as a manager at the club when he was at the helm between February 1992 and January 1997.

He guided the club to promotion to the English top flight at the first time of asking and Newcastle nearly won their first Barclays Premier League title during his tenure, finishing only four points behind League winners Manchester United in the 1995/96 campaign.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Kevin Keegan brought an end to his second spell as Newcastle United