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Split growing between Newcastle directors and Keegan

The Daily Mail says Keegan had little, if any, say in the appointment of Chris Hughton as his assistant this week and one source suggested the former Tottenham coach did not even speak to Keegan prior to accepting the job.

It was much the same when Dennis Wise was brought in as executive director (football).

Keegan actually admitted after watching his side lose at Arsenal that, while there had been talk of making such an appointment when he discussed returning for a second term in charge, he had no idea it would be the-then Leeds United manager who arrived.

That night, Keegan did not even realise Wise was at the Emirates Stadium with chairman Chris Mort.

Decisions are being made by Mort with the assistance, it is understood, of former Tottenham director Paul Kelmsley - a close friend of Mike Ashley's who attempted to mastermind the recruitment of Harry Redknapp as manager prior to the appointment of Keegan.

Communication between Wise and Keegan is virtually non-existent, Wise choosing to work from Tony Jimenez's office in London.

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