"I'm back home," were his first words after his official announcement as Sam Allardyce's successor. Kevin Keegan, 56 years old now, with silver hair and a look more mature than when he last left the club, will help to rebuild (again) the ruins of St. James' Park.
"He's the people's choice," said Les Ferdinand. "The supporters want him there and it's great to see him back there."
Keegan will start to set up his own backstaff in the next two days. The first job will be to decide who will be his number two. Alan Shearer has sent the message "Come and get me!" and it is known that Mike Ashley is keen to involve Shearer in his Tyneside new-revolution.
"I haven't really seen myself as a number two, but yes it's my club," said Shearer. "First and foremost, I'm not so sure he's (Keegan) thought about it. He's his own man. If he was to ring me and ask to speak to me, I would certainly speak to him."
After realising his position was not to be that of manager because the United owner is looking only for someone with experience, Shearer is now hoping that he will be considered as KK assistant.
The news today also mentioned that Keegan's former teammate Terry McDermott and Peter Beardsley are expected to be involved in some capacity. Meanwhile, Chris Coleman's recent resignation from Spanish Club Real Sociedad has prompted new speculation from the press that he could also play a role in Keegan's Toon resurrection.
"I hope and pray that he does well because I'm a fan at the end of the day. The place will be rocking, the fans want entertainment, passion and commitment, and they haven't seen it of late." Shearer added more, "He failed to win a trophy for them last time but you can bet your bottom dollar he will try to win one this time around."
Keegan's appointment was a special one. In fact so special that the outsiders cannot and never will understand the magic between Newcastle and Keegan, his status as iconic figure, and all that he has done for this club. So I thank God It wasn't Redknapp or anybody else.