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Wednesday, February 17, 1999 Published at 18:40 GMT

Sport: Football

The Keegan datefile

Keegan is one of the most recognisable figures in British sport

England's new caretaker coach Kevin Keegan has been one of the most colourful figures in football over the past three decades.

These are the key dates during an illustrious career on the pitch and in the dug-out:

1951 Born February 14, Armthorpe, Yorkshire.

1971 Transferred from first club, Scunthorpe, to Liverpool for 35,000.

1972 England debut against Wales and wins first of three League Championships with Liverpool.

1976 Named Footballer of the Year and helps Liverpool to their second UEFA Cup triumph during his time at Anfield.

1977 An influential figure as Liverpool win the European Cup for the first time, but then quits Anfield with a surprise 500,000 move to German side SV Hamburg.

1978 Wins Bundesliga championship medal with Hamburg and is voted European Player of the Year.

1979 Voted European Player if the Year for the second season in a row.

1980 Returns to England with 420,000 transfer to Lawrie McMenemy's Southampton.

1982 Last England match as substitute against Spain in 1982 World Cup. In all Keegan won 63 caps, scoring 21 international goals. Voted PFA Player of the Year and transferred to Second Division Newcastle for 100,000.

1984 Retires as a player after helping Newcastle into the First Division.

1992 After eight years out of the game returns to football with his shock appointment as manager of Newcastle.

1993 Newcastle promoted to Premier League and Keegan is named Division One Manager of the season.

1996 Newcastle lose a 12-point lead at the top of the Premiership and finish second to Manchester United, whose manager Alex Ferguson is subject to an infamous tirade from Keegan live on TV.

1997 Resigns as Newcastle manager in January. But returns to the game in September when appointed chief operating officer at Second Division Fulham.

1998 Sacks his friend Ray Wilkins, as Fulham manager after just seven months and takes control of all playing matters.

1999 Masterminds FA Cup victories over Southampton and Aston Villa and takes Fulham to the top of Division Two.

February 17 Named as England coach on a part-time basis - but only until June.

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