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Newcastle boss Keegan survives Ashley dressing down

Newcastle United boss Kevin Keegan survived a fiery meeting with club owner Mike Ashley yesterday in London.

An insider told The Sun: "It was very acrimonious but Kevin maintained he had a right to his own opinion.

"He was given a mauling but at no time did he say sorry."

Ashley laid down the law to Keegan, who was . . .

Given a first and final warning to step into line.

Slammed for his thinly-veiled attack on the owner.

Hammered for his criticism of the club.

Told to forget any notion of Ashley being the Roman Abramovich of Tyneside.

To make matters worse for Keegan, Ashley cut him down to size in front of chairman Chris Mort, executive director Dennis Wise and vice-president Tony Jimenez.

Newly-appointed deputy chairman Derek Llambias also attended the heated meeting at the offices of legal eagle Mort's law firm in the City of London.

Later, Mort said: "It was a good meeting.

"It was both productive and constructive."

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