Mike Ashley makes a statement:
He added: "One person alone can't manage a football club and scout the world looking for world class players and stars of the future.
"It needs a structure and it needs people who are dedicated to that task. It needs all members of the management team to share that vision for it to work.
"Dennis and his team have done a first-class job in scouting for talent to secure the future of the club."
What bets that the last part of the statement is the one that Keegan objects to most strenuously. The first two parts may be meant as a reminder to Keegan that in his second time around, the world of soccer is a far more complex place from the days the manager called all the shots. True enough. However, to pat yourself and Wise with such a definitive statement without the input of the person with the straightest line to the squad sets up an extremely high bar for a successful Keegan return.
Keegan is not coming back.