Terry McDermott has lifted the lid on Kevin Keegan, Newcastle United and that near miss of ’96.
Keegan’s former assistant says that he knew nothing about Keegan getting the job and was then actually offered the post as his sidekick when he rang up Micky Quinn for a racing tip!
“I used to go training at Melwood (Liverpool’s training ground) just to keep fit in my forties and used to leave before the team arrived. We didn’t want people to think we were just hanging around to try and get a job.
“When I got home one day, I was told Kevin Keegan had got the job at Newcastle, I couldn’t believe it.
“I actually rang Micky Quinn up for a tip and it was the physio who answered, he said he had somebody who wanted to speak to me.
“I thought it was Micky but it was Kevin, he asked me if I fancied coming up and explained we would only be there for three months – I didn’t need to be asked twice.”
Talking on Sky’s Football Fantasy Club, Terry Mac says that Keegan was always willing to listen and take onboard other people’s thoughts:
“He (Kevin Keegan) said he would ring later that night but two days later he hadn’t rang. Then Graeme Souness (Liverpool manager at the time) said there might be a job at Liverpool but not until the end of the season – next thing, Kevin did ring and offered me the job for three months…I was there for eight years.
“Kevin would listen to you, he wasn’t the kind of manager who said that what he says goes, I had a great relationship with him. Obviously he’d have the last word but then he was the manager.”
Wish done anything different in 1996 Premier League run-in?:
“The football we played, I’ve never seen anything like it. I know there have been the Arsenals, the Chelseas and Manchester Uniteds since…and even Liverpool before – but for a year or two we played football that I seen the likes of before or since.
“I don’t think we did anything wrong really and the players we brought in, David Batty and Faustino Asprilla, they were our two best players. It was others who didn’t play as well as they could (in the run-in).
“The game where we didn’t win the league was the 4-3 at Liverpool. We were actually told before the match that Liverpool were going to let us win so that Manchester United wouldn’t win it. That of course was never going to happen.”