The FA wanted him to be the English man in the Italian backroom staff when they went for the new manager, but declined saying "I'm sure the new manager has his own Italian staff, he doesn't want me".
But Keegan could be a different story.
If ever there was a boost before a match, this has to be it.
Only 30,000 tickets had been sold before the FA Cup tie with Stoke (at 3pm), and 4,000 were Stoke tickets. But expect a full house as Toon fans are heading to St James' Park.
Kevin Keegan will not be there tonight, but Stoke must be gutted!
All the talk all week coming from Stoke has been about Newcastle humiliation at Old Trafford; how they were ready for the tie; and even talk about playing Arsenal next round.
Well what a kick in the balls ... because Newcastle are alive and kicking ... and they will find that out tonight.