Slightly more than a month after the Derby County captain and his teammates Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett was in a car accident; he got sacked now by the club. After a night of drinking, the three teammates were in a crash when Lawrence crashed into a lamp pole. This left Keogh with a knee ligament injury which took him out of play for the next 15 months. Derby informed him that he could stay until his contract run out, but at a massively reduced rate, which he declined and now they sacked him.
On the 24th of September, the team was out for a night of bonding. This resulted in way too much alcohol being consumed, and the result was that Tom Lawrence crashed into a lamp pole. Both Lawrence and teammate Mason Bennett, later on, pleaded guilty on the accusation of drunk driving. Both of these players had their licenses suspended for two years, were fined the value of six weeks wages each and received 180 hours of unpaid community service. Keogh, who was sitting in the back of the Range Rover, sustained a severe knee injury when he damaged the ligament of his knee. He was left unconscious in the vehicle while both Bennet and Lawrence fled the scene. They only returned 45 minutes later, at which point they were arrested. The injury which the captain sustained now left him out of play for 12-24 months.
The 33-year-old captain’s contract was still running until June next year. This contract was paying Keogh £24 000 per week. The club offered Keogh to stay on at the club until then, but it would be at a much-reduced rate. Keogh wasn’t happy with the much-reduced price and didn’t accept their offer. He felt that their stance in the matter was unacceptable.
The Club’s Response
This week the club management announced that club standards do not accept the behaviour of Keogh. They also stated that the kind of practice where any of member of the team behave in such a way that it is a negative influence on any member or reflecting poorly on the club, will not be tolerated. Hence they decided to terminate his contract with immediate effect. This now leaves Keogh with 14 days to appeal their decision. Currently, it is expected that the Professional Footballers’ Association might become involved in the matter too, while Keogh is considering what options he has at this stage at the start of the long recovery period ahead of him.
Keogh joined Derby in 2012 when he left Coventry. The deal which he then signed was worth £1 million. Since then he appeared more than 300 times for the Rams, and he was also leading them to the play-off final in the Championships. This is might very well be the end now of his brilliant career.