Kevin Keegan

Kevin Keegan

Former England Captain & Manager

Synopsis

In an illustrious career Kevin made 321 appearances for Liverpool, and both captained and managed the national side. He also felt the lure of Hamburg and Newcastle (on more than one occasion), and gave a a generation of men their hairstyle. Kevin entertains and inspires any audience, not just football fans.

Biography

Kevin Keegan was a European Cup winner with Liverpool, European Player of the Year, and one of the few to have both captained and managed England.

He started as a teenager with Scunthorpe, but his talent as a creative midfielder led to a quick move to Bill Shankly's Liverpool. Kevin quickly established his place, moving to striker and a fruitful partnership with John Toshack. He went on to win three First Division titles and numerous trophies.

After 323 appearances and 100 goals Kevin left Merseyside to become Germany’s highest paid player, winning the Bundesliga with Hamburg. At the same time he was appointed England captain, a role he held until after the team were ejected from the 1982 World Cup. He returned to the UK to play for Southampton and Newcastle United, helping the latter to promotion in his second season.

After an eight year break Kevin returned to Newcastle as manager, and once again steered the club into the top tier of the domestic game. Admired for his attacking tactics, he took them to second place in the Premier League. Then, after a spell at Fulham, he took charge of the national side - a hugely popular choice with press and public. However, his time in charge ended harshly with a media backlash after the team’s loss to Germany in a World Cup qualifier.

After a spell at Manchester City and a final return to Newcastle, Kevin retired from management - but continues to be involved in the game with academies, and as a pundit. He speaks about his eventful career, the lessons he’s learned, and the value of looking forward instead of reflecting on past glories.

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Agent Recommendation

Kevin’s talent for storytelling catches audiences by surprise. This is the tale of a boy from Doncaster who suddenly has the world at his feet, complete with the funniest slide show you’ve ever seen. There’s plenty of nostalgia, but it’s also uplifting – even if you don’t have an ounce of interest in football. JLA Agent Jeremy Lee

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