Keegan, who has managed Newcastle United, Fulham, Manchester City and the England international team first joined HSV in 1977 scoring 32 goals in almost a hundred appearances for the club. However HSV fans will remember him not only for his perm and goals, but the way he helped the club to the League title in 1979 under manager Branko Zebec.
1980 also saw Keegan help the Bundesliga side to the European Cup final only to be undone by Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest. Soon after, Mighty Mouse, as the fans so aptly named him moved back to England to play for Southampton.
With Hamburg SV having just appointed Frank Arnesen as Sporting Director, and with current caretaker coach Michael Oenning unlikely to continue from the summer, there seems to be some important changes occurring at the top level and our source admits Kevin Keegan will be the one to take over.
“We are fed up just surviving and stretching for a Europa League spot each year. We have sold too many players that, had we kept hold of, would possibly now be putting us in a position to compete for the title and the Champions league.”
Selling too many excellent players at Hamburg is no overstatement, players such as Rafael van der Vaart (To Real Madrid), Boateng (To Manchester City) and Hans-Jorg Butt (To Bayern Munich) are just a few of very many that had the Hamburger’s kept hold of, would surely have meant some more success for the club.
Our source continued.
“Kevin’s return will lift the whole area and his appointment would mean bringing the better times back to HSV”.
Keegan currently works with the sports television group ESPN although it is rumoured he is only contracted there until the end of the season. With it unlikely for Keegan to return to Newcastle United whilst power remains in the hands of owner Mike Ashley, the former Liverpool attacker may feel a campaign abroad at a club where he still adored by fans could be a very good move.
“We have a long and proud history at HSV, we are the club that have been in the top division for almost 48 years and a proud club needs the best, for us the best is Kevin Keegan. He works for ESPN now but we are sure he would find managing HSV an interesting project, it is just a shame his hair is not what it was!”
Perm or not, should Keegan return to the club he so famously won a title with and a club that has not seen a Bundesliga title since the 82/83 season, then not only will the football club be lifted but indeed the whole area.
“We are confident this can happen but maybe our fans should not grow their hair just yet.”