Kevin Keegan Factfile

1951: Born February 14, Armthorpe, Yorkshire.  

1968: Joined Scunthorpe as an apprentice.  

1971: Transferred to Liverpool for £35,000.  

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Kevin Keegan

Out of Toon: Keegan has been sacked as Newcastle manager


1972: England debut against Wales in Cardiff and goes on to help Liverpool win first of three league championships during his time at Anfield.  

1973: Keegan wins UEFA Cup winner's medal as Liverpool defeat Borussia Monchengladbach.  

1976: Named footballer of the year and helps Liverpool beat Bruges 4-3 on aggregate to win UEFA Cup again.  

1977: A pivotal force in helping Liverpool win the European Cup for the first time by beating Borussia Monchengladbach. Transferred to SV Hamburg for £500,000.  

1978: Wins Bundesliga championship medal and is voted European player of the year for 1977-78.  

1979: Voted European player of the year for 1978-79.  

1980: Transferred to Southampton for £420,000.  

1982: Last England match as substitute against Spain in Madrid, 1982 World Cup. Won 63 caps, scored 21 goals.  

1982: Voted PFA player of the year and transferred to Newcastle for £100,000.  

1984: Retired from playing.  

1992: Returned to soccer in February as manager of Newcastle and three months later signed a three-year contract.  

1993: Newcastle promoted to Premiership as Division One champions. Keegan named Division One manager of the season.  

1994: Keegan appointed director of football and agreed new deal that tied him to club for next 10 years.  

1995: Newcastle reached quarter-finals of FA Cup and failed to qualify for Europe after finishing sixth in the Premiership.  

1996: Saw his Newcastle side lose 12-point lead at the top of the Premiership and finish second to Manchester United. Blew his top with Alex Ferguson in a live television interview.  

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Losing it: Keegan launches his attack on Fergie

1997: Resigned as Newcastle manager in January. Returned to football on September 25 when appointed chief operating officer at Fulham.  

1998: Sacked his friend Ray Wilkins, the manager, after just seven months and took control of all playing matters.  

February 17, 1999: Appointed England coach for four matches but stressed he would combine the job with his Fulham duties and guided the club to the Division Two championship.  

May 6: Revealed during a television programme that he will relinquish his post as chief operating officer at Fulham to concentrate on the England job.  

May 14: Appointed full-time England coach. Starts reign with 3-1 win over Poland in a Euro 2000 qualifier.  

September 8: England play out a goalless draw with Poland in Warsaw, putting their Euro 2000 play-off chances in Sweden's hands. David Batty is sent off for a rash second-half challenge on Radoslaw Michalski.  

October 9: Kennet Andersson and Henrik Larsson save Keegan's blushes when their goals for Sweden defeat Poland 2-0 to earn England a play-off place.  

November: Paul Scholes scores both goals to earn England a 2-0 first-leg victory against Scotland at Hampden Park. Scotland win the second leg 1-0 at Wembley but England qualify for Euro 2000 on aggregate.  

June 2000:  England open their Euro 2000 campaign with a 3-2 defeat to Portugal after early goals from Paul Scholes and Steve McManaman had put them two up. Alan Shearer's header earns a 1-0 win over Germany but a 3-2 loss to Romania following a last-minute penalty given away by Phil Neville condemns Keegan's men to an early exit.  

October 7: England suffer a disappointing start to their World Cup qualifying campaign as they lose 1-0 to Germany in the last competitive match at Wembley before work begins to build a new stadium on the site. Keegan emerges after lengthy discussions with Football Association officials to reveal he has resigned as national manager.  

2001: Appointed as new manager of Manchester City.  

April 24, 2002:  Keegan wins the old Division One in his first season at the club, his side scoring 108 goals and finishing the season with 99 points.  

May 25: Signals his Premiership intentions by signing striker Nicolas Anelka from Paris Saint Germain for £13million.  

November 23: Beat rivals Manchester United 3-1 with two goals from Shaun Goater after Anelka's early opener.  

January 30, 2003: Robbie Fowler is signed for £6million from Leeds.  

June 2: Qualify for the UEFA Cup qualifying round after England finish top of UEFA Fair Play table but knocked out of competition by Polish side Groclin in the second round of the competition.  

February 22, 2004: City beat Bolton 2-1 at the Reebok Stadium, their first Premiership win in 15 games.  

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First farewell: Keegan says goodbye to the Newcastle fans at the end of his last match as a player, a 3-1 win over Brighton as the Magpies were promoted from Division Two

March 14: Shaun Wright-Phillips' late solo goal caps a 4-1 win against rivals United. The winger's form is the highlight of a dismal season.  

May 1: Winning 1-0 against Newcastle virtually ensures safety from relegation.  

May 15: Finishes a disappointing season with a 5-1 win against Everton, but Keegan is still downbeat after finishing 16th.  

September 11: City lose 1-0 at home to 10-man Everton - their third defeat in the first five Premiership matches of the new season - to increase the pressure on Keegan, who is reported to be one game away from the sack.  

September 18: Pressure eases with 2-1 win over Crystal Palace. They hammer Barnsley in Carling Cup three days later.  

January 2005: The protracted £7million departure of Nicolas Anelka to Fenerbahce eventually goes through.  

March 7: What may be Keegan's final game as City manager ends in a 1-0 home defeat to Bolton.  

March 10: Keegan leaves the club by mutual agreement with immediate effect.  

March 11: Keegan decides to retire from football management.  

January 16, 2008: Returns to Newcastle to replace sacked Sam Allardyce as manager.  

January 29: Dennis Wise joins club as executive director (football), along with businessman Tony Jimenez vice-president (player recruitment) and Jeff Vetere (technical co-ordinator).  

March 22: Newcastle record first Premier League of Keegan's second reign as goals from Mark Viduka and Michael Owen saw them beat Fulham 2-0 at St James' Park.  

May 9: Keegan meets with club owner Mike Ashley after admitting Newcastle are 'a million miles' away from being as good as title challengers Chelsea. Chairman Chris Mort, deputy chairman Derek Llambias, Wise and Jimenez draw up plan to identify summer transfer targets.  

May 11: After watching his side lose 3-1 to Everton on the final day of the season Keegan declares he is targeting fifth place in the Premier League for the 2008-2009 season.  

August 15: Signs Fabricio Coloccini for £10.3million from Deportivo La Coruna.  

August 16: Denies James Milner would be sold to balance the books following the arrival of Coloccini.  

August 29: Milner moves to Aston Villa for £12million.  

September 2: Keegan is sacked after a meeting with Ashley.

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