After the takeover, Newcastle’s Sir Alex Ferguson approach is revealed.
Newcastle is said to have approached Sir Alex Ferguson of Manchester United.
Newcastle infuriated Manchester United in 1997 when they approached renowned manager Sir Alex Ferguson to replace Kevin Keegan. Following the club’s £305 million takeover last week, the Magpies could make a similar play for one of Europe’s best coaches.
The long-awaited purchase of Newcastle United from Mike Ashley was finalized by a consortium led by Amanda Staveley.
Former manager Kevin Keegan oversaw Newcastle’s most successful era in recent history.
The legendary Liverpool manager was appointed in 1992, and his team was known for their exciting style of play. Newcastle was a constant threat to Manchester United for the Premier League title, although they never won it.
“It was my decision and my decision alone to quit,” Keegan told supporters when he resigned in early 1997.
“I believe I have carried the club as far as I can and that resigning now would be in everyone’s best interests.”
“I wish the club and everyone involved the best of luck in the future.”
Newcastle wanted United manager Ferguson to replace Keegan, it has now been revealed.
The Red Devils had narrowly beaten Newcastle United to the Premier League title the previous May, and former Newcastle owner Sir John Hall was eager to make amends.
Hall recalls former United chairman Martin Edwards’ outrage at Newcastle’s approach.
“Kevin was a difficult act to follow, but Alex Ferguson would have been a good substitute.” “He was the best in the business,” said the 88-year-old.
“When Kevin left in 1997, we needed someone to keep the momentum going, and the lads thought they had a chance to snare Alex from Manchester United, where he had previously turned the team around and won a slew of championships.”
“A few years after our attempted Ferguson revolution, our previous chairman Freddy Shepherd, who has since sadly passed away, disclosed what transpired.
‘Martin Edwards, the chairman of Manchester United, had definitely gotten wind of what was going on,’ he said.
“He called and asked whether I had anything to say to him, such as Alex Ferguson?” I was aboard a boat at the moment, and I was on the verge of falling off’.” “Brinkwire Summary News” says, “It would have been fantastic if we had pulled it off.”