Kevin Keegan has reportedly been sacked by Newcastle less than eight months after taking over the club.

Sky Sports News are reporting that Keegan has left his post, although there is no confirmation from the club or Keegan himself.

Angry Newcastle supporters have gathered at St James’ Park to protest and chants of ‘sack the board’ were repeated as fans voiced their dissatisfaction.

Fans arrived at the ground to show their support for the man they hail as their ‘Messiah’ but media were forced by security guards to leave the stadium grounds as the club declined to comment on reports of Keegan’s exit.

Keegan was reported – by the Daily Mail – to have been ‘called into a 2pm meeting yesterday which club insiders described as ‘very important but not related to transfer business’ and it is believed a heated discussion took place, with managing director Derek Llambias making it clear they were not happy’.

Newcastle signed two players on transfer deadline day but Keegan was not thought to have been involved in signing either Xisco or Nacho Gonzalez, while the club were trying to offload Joey Barton without his consent.

They had already sold James Milner to Aston Villa despite Keegan claiming that he was not for sale.

Skybet are already running a book on who will be Newcastle’s next manager – with Dennis Wise the clear favourite.