Keegan had a spell at the club as a player and two spells as manager – and Howe was keen to “tap into his knowledge".
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“I spoke to Kevin when I first got the job,” said Howe. “It was one of my first calls. We had a really good conversation. He’s someone that I’ll be speaking to again. He’s someone, of course, I also respect. With his association with the club, it would be foolish of me not to tap into his knowledge.”