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Kevin Keegan
"I won't take any risks"
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Friday, 26 May, 2000, 07:41 GMT 08:41 UK
Keegan offered new deal incentive
Kevin Keegan
Kevin Keegan prepares to battle with Europe's best
The FA have an extended contract lined up for Kevin Keegan - but only if England reach the final at Euro 2000.

Keegan's current deal as coach expires after the World Cup in 2002, and his bosses at the FA are looking further ahead.

However, they will wait to see how England fare under Keegan in Euro 2000 before discussing any new terms.

FA chairman Geoff Thompson explained in The Sun: "Kevin signed a contract until 2002 and everyone was happy with that.



A new deal would depend success at Euro 2000. Success to me is getting to the final

FA chairman Geoff Thompson

"A new deal would depend on the success we have at Euro 2000. Success to me is getting to the final.

"I think it is safe to say that if Kevin did that, he would be offered a new contract."

The FA are also keen to see how Keegan himself copes with the pressure of his first major tournament.


Geoff Thompson
FA chairman Geoff Thompson
"He has simply got to handle it," Thompson added.

"The championships also give Kevin the chance to prove wrong those who recognise his fantastic motivation and man-management skills but question him tactically."

An extended deal would most likely add another four years to Keegan's current arrangement, taking him through to the World Cup in 2006 which England are bidding to stage.

A new contract could also increase his salary by around 200,000 a year.

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