The rumours have already started about which players Kevin Keegan will splash Mike Ashley’s millions on. Here are 11 reminders of why Mr Ashley might like to keep an eye on the purse strings.
Mike Hooper (Newcastle)
Bruce Grobbelaar’s Liverpool understudy was signed by Keegan for Â£550,000 in 1993. Hooper seemingly suffered the goalkeeping version of the golfer’s yips and suddenly forgot how to make saves. Keegan threatened to quit Newcastle over abusive mail aimed at Hooper.
Warren Barton (Newcastle)
Allowing ex-Wimbledon right-back Warren Barton to become the most expensive British defender of all time was one of Keegan’s most heinous crimes. The Â£4 million man’s tagline was particularly ironic given that he didn’t actually know how to defend.
Mikkel Bischoff (Manchester City)
If you think Mikkel was worth Â£700,000 then you can Bischoff (ho, ho, ho). The Danish defender made just one appearance in four years at City.
David Sommeil (Manchester City)
Joined Manchester City for Â£3.5 million in 2003 and left on a free transfer in 2006 having spent time on loan at Marseille during his spell at the Blues.
Lucien Mettomo (Manchester City)
Cost City Â£1.5 million and left on a free transfer. The Cameroonian defender played a part in the promotion from the First Division in the