Vital Football

Latest Newcastle United News

Dalglish speaks

Dalglish speaks

It`s been a while since we heard anything from Kenny Dalglish on the club but in the wake of Allardyce`s sacking and various mentions of the job being a jinx, poisoned chalice etc, our former boss has come out to put things to rights:

"Every time the vacancy at Newcastle United has been discussed the words 'poisoned chalice' are mentioned. Well, you can forget that. Managing the Magpies was a privilege for me and it should be for any manager who is given the chance to take charge of a football club where the password is passion.

I have been lucky enough to work in two of football's greatest hotbeds - Liverpool and Glasgow - where football is almost a religion, but both are divided cities: Liverpool or Everton; Rangers or Celtic. In Newcastle, there's just one side. In a way it is like a throwback to years ago. Even in the close season, they drive around in their black and white strip and nearly everywhere you go the debate is about football. In most other big cities, there are now other distractions and the game is not all-consuming like it was years ago. On Tyneside football is still king.

The attendances are unbelievable and the yearning for success is endless. There can be nobody in the city who doubts the affiliation of the supporters to the club. It's a total identity. They love one of their own as their allegiance to Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson showed, but I didn't have difficulty relating to what they wanted. The Geordies will take to anybody who can bring them success, but first you have to decide what constitutes success.

Keegan didn't win anything, but he was rightly deemed a success because the team were close to relegation from the second flight and he masterminded promotion. And, at one stage, he took them to a 12-point lead in the Premier League.

When I left St James' Park in 1998 I said the job offered a fantastic opportunity. Since then a few managers have come and gone. It's a smashing place to live, Newcastle folk are great people to be around and the club's facilities are second to none. I'm not sure Sam Allardyce's demise was purely about results, they have 26 points and are 11th in the league, which is not embarrassing.

The new people came in after Sam had been appointed and perhaps they wanted their own man to buy players in the transfer window. I just hope the next manager is given time because there clearly needs to be an overhaul. Sam has said he had no regrets going there and neither did I. The only regret I had was that it came to an end.'

Join Vital Newcastle United

It's easy to register for Vital Newcastle United, simply click the link and enjoy getting involved (you can even win prizes!) To visit the Vital Newcastle United message board, click here.

Get involved

This website is your website and we are looking for people to help run the site. Do you go to most of the games and have an opinion? Why not write a match report? Perhaps you are a budding journalist or even just someone who is very opinionated? Well why not join our team? If this interests you please contact Vital Newcastle.

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football

Writer:Ross Molyneux
Date:Friday January 11 2008
Time: 9:49AM

Comments

0
If Harry goes to you he must need his head read.
MFC67
11/01/2008 10:33:00
0
Same with every other one. Someday someone will get it right again and they'll be idolised.
SirLes
11/01/2008 15:52:00
0
Yeah but you guys never give anyone time. Three straight defeats equates to dismissal in your rule book. Stick by someone!!!!
roversman
12/01/2008 11:57:00
0
Kenny speaks. Bring on the translator.
storagematt
12/01/2008 22:02:00
0
Redknapp surley cannot leave Pompey for the worst job in football at the moment!!
will it ever happen
17/01/2008 12:28:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Newcastle United Articles

Jonathon To Show No Fear In Aid Of Charity

Vitalfootball.co.uk co-owner Jonathan Fear is pushing himself to the limit in order to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis.

Who Will Newcastle Face In 2016/17 (3/5/16)

With less than a handful of games remaining in the 2015/16 campaign, some promotions and relegations in the football pyramid are already known.

Toon Times - Crystal Palace

Written off by many, fans and pundits alike, Newcastle now have a genuine chance to avoid relegation with a win over Crystal Palace moving us above Sunderland and Norwich.

Duo In Team Of The Week (2/5/16)

Newcastle United are represented in the latest Premier League team of the week that has been selected by BBC pundit Garth Crooks.

Archived TOTT Articles

TOTT articles from

Site Journalists

Ken Waugh
no email
Profile
TNMW
Editor email
Profile
Ian Smith
no email
Profile
Rexn
no email
Profile
BowburnMag
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Palace MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Darlow46%
Anita4%
Mbemba0%
Lascelles4%
Dummett0%
Tiote0%
Colback4%
Townsend42%
Sissoko0%
Wijnaldum0%
Cisse0%
Sub - Mitrovic0%
Sub - Perez0%
Sub - Shelvey0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Leicester City 36 22 11 3 77 30
2 Spurs 36 19 13 4 70 39
3 Arsenal 36 19 10 7 67 25
4 Man City 36 19 7 10 64 30
5 Man Utd 35 17 9 9 60 12
6 West Ham 35 15 14 6 59 17
7 Southampton 36 16 9 11 57 14
8 Liverpool 35 15 10 10 55 11
9 Chelsea 35 12 12 11 48 7
10 Stoke 36 13 9 14 48 -14
11 Everton 35 10 14 11 44 6
12 Watford 35 12 8 15 44 -6
13 Swansea 36 11 10 15 43 -13
14 WBA 36 10 11 15 41 -14
15 AFC Bournemouth 36 11 8 17 41 -20
16 Crystal Palace 36 10 9 17 39 -10
17 Newcastle 36 8 9 19 33 -25
18 Sunderland 35 7 11 17 32 -18
19 Norwich 35 8 7 20 31 -26
R Aston Villa 36 3 7 26 16 -45
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Newcastle United Results (view all)

Newcastle United Fixtures (view all)

May 7 2016 3:00PM : Aston Villa (a)
Barclays Premier League
May 15 2016 3:00PM : Tottenham Hotspur (H)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Toon_NoMatterWot16
2.BLACKBOB7
3.PieMag4
4.vin18923
5.Jackals Tooth3
6.billybobcat3
7.braith19522
8.Toonarmy15171
9.Sir Laz1
10.Neppos1