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Monday, 8 April, 2002, 07:32 GMT 08:32 UK
Keegan's swipe at FA
Kevin Keegan's reign ends in defeat against Germany in October
Keegan's reign ends in defeat against Germany
Former England manager Kevin Keegan claims the Football Association was "wrong" not to let him appoint the assistant he wanted when in charge of the national team.

Keegan, who has led Manchester City to promotion to the Premier League this season, said he was working under restrictions which the FA has lifted for current England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson.

I wasn't allowed to bring in the people I wanted and that was wrong
Kevin Keegan

Arthur Cox was deemed too old to be Keegan's assistant, but Eriksson appointed 64-year-old Tord Grip as his number two.

"I could give you loads of examples of things that were not right," Keegan told The Express newspaper.

"I wanted to appoint Arthur Cox but the FA wouldn't employ him because he was over 60.

"Yet when Sven-Goran Eriksson wanted someone who was 64 in Tord Grip, they let him do it.

"That's probably the most annoying thing the FA have done and it still rankles with me.

"I wasn't allowed to bring in the people I wanted and that was wrong.

"Mr Eriksson was and I'm delighted for him because that's the way it should be."

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