Managerial mayhem

Martin Rogers

BALTIMORE – High-profile managers are the talk of the day, both across the Atlantic and here on the East Coast.

While Newcastle has stunned the Premiership by appointing former hero Kevin Keegan as boss following Sam Allardyce's dismissal, there is an American twist to matters over at Liverpool.

According to The Guardian newspaper, George Gillett is furious with his Liverpool co-owner Tom Hicks for admitting that talks with Jurgen Klinsmann took place recently despite having Rafael Benitez still in charge.

Even here at Major League Soccer's draft (set for Friday), much of the talk is surrounding managers with English Premier League connections.

Former Middlesbrough and England chief Steve McClaren is due to give a speech at the neighboring NSCAA coaching convention on Thursday, while ex-Liverpool coach Gerard Houllier is also in town to conduct some seminars.

Check back for more from McClaren on Thursday evening.


THOUGHT OF THE DAY


"Looking back on the Keegan era, one main feature stands out for me. It made me question my footballing ability for the first time in my life" – Michael Owen, in his autobiography, writing about Kevin Keegan's spell as England manager. So I wonder how pleased Owen was to see Keegan arrive as Newcastle's new chief this week.