Daily Diary, Wednesday 20 May:
Kevin Keegan has announced his retirement from football management after 23 years in which he won three divisional titles and finished as runners-up in the Premier League with Newcastle United in 1996 and 1997, and took England to Euro 2000 after beating Scotland over two legs.
The 64 year-old’s playing career spanned fifteen years and saw him score 21 goals for England as well as over 200 goals for his five clubs – Scunthorpe, Liverpool, Hamburg, Southampton, and Newcastle.
Keegan leaves Fulham after two-and-a-half years back at Craven Cottage, when he succeeded Martin Jol in December 2012 after previously managing the club in the late 90’s. Fulham finished the Premier League season in 11th place, just two points off a top-half finish.
Both Wigan Athletic and Southampton have parted company with their managers after disappointing seasons in the English top flight. Wigan slumped to 16th place after losing their last six games and the board decided that Brian McDermott wasn’t the man to lead them next season.
Southampton were relegated after a dismal campaign which saw them win just twice at home, finishing fifteen points from safety in 19th place. Tony Mowbray failed to win any of the club’s final nine games and drop back down one season after he guided them to promotion with a second-place finish in the FL Championship in 2014.
Empoli have also fired their manager after the final day of the season saw them lose 0-1 at home to AC Milan, and relegated back to Serie B after a single season in the Italian top-flight. Maurizio Sarri had been at the club for three seasons.
BVB coach Francesco Salucci has completed his UEFA ‘A’ Licence, the final step before obtaining a ‘Pro’ Licence which would allow him to manage a top-flight club in Europe. The 43 year-old Italian works with the club’s successful U19 team.