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Manchester United are furious at Newcastle’s approach to Sir Alex Ferguson to replace Kevin Keegan.
Newcastle could be on the cusp of a move to a top executive following its takeover by a Saudi-backed consortium last week.
The Public Investment Fund – led by Amanda Staveley – completed the acquisition of Mike Ashley’s club.
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That move could herald a period of success for the Mapies, not seen since the 1990s under Keegan.
The club was often a title challenger during that period and was known for their attacking style of football.
Keegan resigned in early 1997, saying, “It was my decision and my only decision to step down.
“I feel that I have taken the club as far as possible and that it would be in the best interests of all involved if I resigned now.
“I wish the club and everyone involved all the best for the future.”
And former Newcastle owner Sir John Hall has revealed that he… United boss Ferguson in his sights to take over at St James’ Park after Keegan’s departure.
Hall recalls former United chairman Martin Edward’s dismay at the approach.
“Kevin was hard to follow, but Alex Ferguson would have done well. He was the best in the business,” Hall said to express.
“We needed someone to keep up the momentum when Kevin left in 1997 and the boys felt they had a chance to sign Alex from Manchester United, where he had already turned the club around to win a lot of trophies.
“Our former chairman Freddy Shepherd, who has since sadly passed away, has revealed what happened a few years after our failed Ferguson coup.
“He told me: ‘Martin Edwards, the chairman of Manchester United, had clearly gotten wind of what was going on.
“He called me and asked if I had anything to say to him – like Alex Ferguson? I was on a boat at the time and almost fell off it.”
“It would have been great if we’d done it and he came to lead Newcastle United, but we didn’t do badly. We managed to get Kenny Dalglish.”
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