Shaka Hislop arrived at Newcastle in Summer 1995.
Kevin Keegan buying him from Reading for £2m alongside more high profile players such as Les Ferdinand, David Ginola and Warren Barton.
Hislop did well until December until injury intervened, Newcastle at the time clear top of the Premier League.
Pavel Srnicek took over in goal but Hislop later won his place back but didn’t play at quite the level he had done earlier in the season, like a number of other players who saw form dip to greater or lesser degrees.
In terms of negatives, the game at Blackburn is a stand out, Newcastle leading 1-0 and then Shaka Hislop letting in two poor goals to help hand the game to Rovers.
The keeper was at St James Park for three years in total before Harry Redknapp took him to West Ham. He stayed at the Hammers for four years and later returned there for one more season.
Working in the media now, Shaka Hislop was talking on ESPN and given a choice of whether he’d rather Newcastle or West Ham were relegated, if he had to choose.
He chose Newcastle, though for positive reasons, as far as he is concerned.
Hislop believes that relegation ‘would force Ashley to sell.’
A plan that hasn’t worked so far, with the owner managing to get the club relegated twice already without then selling.
The former Newcastle keeper’s confused logic doesn’t quite work out, as Mike Ashley clearly will only walk if he maximises the price he can get for the club, relegation will have the opposite effect.
The vast majority of Newcastle fans believing that Ashley would not sell and take a lower amount, instead gamble that like twice previously Newcastle would bounce straight back.
Shaka Hislop though made clear his heart is in the right place saying ‘In case you haven’t gathered, I’m not much of a Mike Ashley fan…’ but ‘I love Rafa Benitez, I really do.’
Shaka Hislop asked on ESPN: ‘If one of Newcastle or West Ham had to get relegated, who would you pick?’:
“I have picked Newcastle.
“And I’ll tell you why…
“Because I think that would force Mike Ashley to sell.
“And I think you will not see the best of Newcastle again, until Mike Ashley sells.
“In case you haven’t gathered, I’m not much of a Mike Ashley fan…
“I love Rafa Benitez, I really do.”