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Souness Reveals He Wishes He Hadn’t Come To Newcastle – Join The Club!

9 years ago

Following Sam Allardyce’s attempts at rewriting history regarding his time at Newcastle, next up we have Graeme Souness who like Allardyce is keen now to tell the world that the total mess he left Newcastle in is everybody’s fault but his own.

In an interview with the Lancashire Telegraph, Souness has had this to say;

“I definitely regret leaving, I had four of my happiest years in management at Blackburn and I do think now it was a mistake to leave.

Newcastle had gone almost 50 years without winning a major trophy in England and like many people before me and after me, I thought I could be the one who could win that trophy.

I’d won 11 trophies (7 at Rangers where he spent a fortune to beat Celtic and Queen Of The South, 2 in Turkey for the powerful Galatasaray, in England an FA Cup against the mackems and League Cup for Blackburn) in 3 countries and 25 in my career as a player and a manager, I thought I could be the man to do it.

If I hadn’t left Blackburn then, I would probably still be in management now.

My time at Newcastle soured my experience of management.

I had tremendous support from John Williams (Blackburn’s then Chief Executive).

If he had anything to say, he would say it to my face.

That’s not always the case at clubs, certainly it wasn’t at my next club (Newcastle).

Blackburn were a very well run club.”

The dismantling of Sir Bobby’s team was a disaster and yet Souness walked away with a fortune. Does he really regret leaving Blackburn?

If you recall as well, the big joke at the time was that Blackburn allegedly had just been on the point of sacking the waste of space themselves, only for Newcastle’s Freddy Shepherd to come charging over the crest of the hill with a bag of gold to take this liability off their hands.

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