Kevin Keegan OBE

English Footballer & Legend

One of very few professional football players to have both captained and managed the English Football squad, Kevin Keegan is one of the best known names in football. A former European Cup winner with Liverpool as well as a European Footballer of the Year, Kevin is knowledgeable in what it takes to consistently perform as well as become the very best in your field. These skills and attributes translate wonderfully across all audiences and make Kevin a highly desirable football speaker for both after dinner and keynote speaking opportunities.

Keegan began his career as a teenager at Scunthorpe United, his natural talent soon became evident and his creative style of play saw him move to Bill Shankly’s Liverpool Football Club. By establishing a fruitful partnership with striker John Toshack, Kevin soon enjoyed a regular starting position within the squad. Kevin won three First Division titles, two UEFA Cups, a FA Cup and a European Cup with Liverpool. Keegan left the club with 323 appearances and 100 goals across all competitions, before becoming the highest paid player in Germany, heading Hamburg’s strike force.

At this point in time, Kevin had become one of the most influential players of the time, requiring him to deal with huge amounts of pressure and perform to the best of his ability as often as possible, something he relates well as a football speaker during after dinner events.

At the same time his club career was going from strength to strength, Kevin also became the England squad captain in 1976, position he held until his international retirement in 1982. Kevin returned to England after playing in Germany for both Southampton and Newcastle United. Retiring from Football in 1984, Kevin pursued business and media ventures before eventually turning his hand to Football management.

His initial spell with Newcastle United saw a hugely close run battle with Manchester Untied for Premier League victory. After a few years with Fulham, Kevin took control of the England squad, proving to be an incredibly popular decision with the British public and press of the time. With a knowledge of business, media and leadership of one of the most well known teams in the world, Kevin relates to all sectors of both corporate and sport environments perfectly as a sports speaker.

Kevin returned to domestic management after the 2002 World Cup qualifying matches, dedicating himself to Manchester City and latterly Newcastle United once more. After his announcement of managing, Kevin has pursued a punditry career, becoming a frequent and popular appearance for both ITV and ESPN.

To book Kevin Keegan as the after dinner speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing agent@championsukplc.com or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553. 

When at corporate events, Kevin is know to cover the following topics:

  • Football Speaker
  • Management
  • Business & Sport
  • Leadership
  • Sports Speaker

“It was a really wonderful evening and Kevin was a total star. My boss was completely blown away, especially as it was a total surprise, and it made his 60th birthday so special to have one of his all-time heroes there. Kevin’s talk was great and very funny and he was a huge hit with the audience, as well as being very generous with autographs and selfies during and after the dinner. I’m really grateful to you for organising it. And much obliged to Kevin for being a dream guest! Please pass on my heartfelt thanks to him.” –  Statoil

“We had an amazing day and fabulous evening. Kevin was truly superb and was the absolute icing on the cake!” – Hemmersbach

“Kevin was a pleasure to work with and one of the nicest keynote speakers we have had. Kevin put great detail in to finding out about the event, researching around the company / event in order to align his presentation. He gave a very light hearted keynote which is just what the audience wants to hear at the end of the day and was happy to answer questions. I think the audience would have gladly sat there for an hour longer listening to Kevin and asking questions.” – FIX Trading Community

“Articulate, witty and clever – Kevin was great they way he incorporated our company KPI’s in his speech. It was interesting to hear how he treated his players and the board like in a business model. I look forward to working with Kevin again in the future.” M2K Service

“Kevin was truly fantastic, highly entertaining and a true gent! His speech was enjoyed by all and we would highly recommend him. Kevin also hung around afterwards for photos and to speak to everyone who wanted too and that made it extra special for all who attended our event” – CH Communications Events Management, Shell Event 2017

“Kevin was a really hit at dinner and people were very happy with everything. He was very nice and engaging at dinner.”  ENSE

“Well, what can I say apart from WOW!!  Kevin was absolutely amazing! Such a genuinely nice guy, great presentation and really funny! I managed to keep it a complete surprise and he went down an absolute storm!”  Lyreco

“Kevin was absolutely brilliant, he was thoroughly professional from start-finish and was a pure pleasure to work alongside on the night. Everyone who met him said how much of a genuine nice guy he was, he didn’t refuse to sign anything and he was open to photos with for anyone who asked – He was the perfect guest speaker and we couldn’t thank him enough.” – Barratt Homes

The event was a massive success and he was a real gent all night long – he could not have been more helpful.
Sudsbury FC

“Kevin was incredibly warm and genuine and was very generous with his time. We had a queue of fans after he spoke, all eager for a selfie with him, and he didn’t turn anyone away. His speech was incredibly humorous and a perfect way to warm up an audience at 9am!”
OliviaRoyal College of Nursing