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Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan has left his position at St James’ Park, according to reports.

Keegan returned for his second spell in charge at St James Park in January, but rumours suggest he could be leaving his role.

The 57-year-old held talks with the club’s board on Tuesday morning amid reports he was unhappy with a lack of control over transfer activity. Newcastle’s only signings on transfer deadline day were the £5.7m purchase of Spanish striker Xisco and the loan signing of midfielder Ignacio Gonzalez.

Since replacing Sam Allardyce at the start of this year, Keegan has won six of his 21 games in charge.

Despite Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Arsenal, Newcastle had made a relatively good to the new campaign, following up a draw at champions Manchester United by beating Bolton Wanderers at home. However, tensions with Newcastle’s owner Mike Ashley have been evident since Keegan admitted last season that the club were unlikely to break into the top four in the foreseeable future.

Relations reportedly soured further following the club’s decision to sell James Milner to Aston Villa for a fee of £12m, with Keegan admitting it had been difficult to see the 22-year-old leave.

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