Kenny you’re doing it again
By Paul Marsden
Tuesday 10 May 2011 17:53:00
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Almost fifteen years since a certain Kenny Daglish performed one of the greatest team dismantling jobs since the Busby babes Munich disaster he appears to be coming back to haunt us once again.  His arrival to St James Park in 1997 sparked the departure of many much loved sons and the clubs top performers under king Kev.  In actual fact the respect I have for Mr Daglish is immense for what he has achieved in the game is remarkable but I look back at his time at St James with nothing but regret.

The destruction began Early in Daglish’s reign when Lee Clark made the short trip down the road to the unwashed while Robbie Elliot was sent to Bolton.  Both loved the club and were held high in the hearts of all of the Toon Army.  They equally both had plenty left to give.  The summer of 97 also saw Les Ferdinand sent packing just as probably the most feared strike pairing to ever grace English football was forming.   David Ginola and an ageing Beardo were next for the chop.  Fair enough, Beardsley was at the end of his career but David Ginola.  Was it really worth it.  By the end of the following January we had seen champions league hero Tino Asprilla forced out the door quickly followed by my favourite ever Newcastle left back, John Beresford.  Any one of these players could have figured in a premier league winning side and for me, they should have all figured in the same one.  Ours.

He replaced this set of black and whites greats with aging stars Ian Rush, John Barnes and Stuart Pearce to start with.  Pearce in all honesty was tremendous but, Rush and Barnes were just past it.  Not a patch on their former fantastic selves.  Stephen Glass, Des Hamilton, Carl Serrant, John dahl Tommasson, Andreas Anderson and his own son Paul Daglish all came in at different times.  These guys didn’t come close to what we had, and from what I can tell, the reasons for the sales are simple.  He, at the time thought he was doing the right thing.  How and why he couldn’t see that this was nowhere near the case I can’t understand.  There was an obvious gulf in class between the incomings and the outgoings.  This is where our fall from grace began.  There were other signings under Daglish that I believe were some very good ones.  These signings came at a time when he had destroyed our side and found a level so much lower than where we were under Keegan.  Speed, Griffin, Dabizas and Solano all served our club fantastically but at the end of the day, they wouldn’t have got near the team that Kenny Daglish had inherited.  With Daglish at the helm we began on a downward spiral which lasted a little over ten years, halted but never fully fixed by Sir Bobby.  This downward spiral, if you look either side of Sir Bobbys time, took us all the way to relegation two years ago and now we must start again. 

This article came about because in a different kind of way it appears that Kenny is trying to do it all again.  Just this time we are weaker to start with and he is doing it from a far.  He has already gave us a huge kick in the teeth by taking Andy Carroll and according to reports has set his sights on Jose, Joey and skipper Kevin Nolan.  How true these reports are I don’t know, and to be fair I don’t see Nolan or Barton playing in that Liverpool side but these are our star men.  We can’t let him do this.  The club has to stay strong.  We lost Carroll and which i believe was a huge mistake with.  If fit, Andy Carroll would of had us safe from relegation weeks ago.  Mike Ashley needs to ignore temptation when the big bids come in.  If any more of these players were to go our ambition as a club, if not enough already will be massively questioned.  This would result in lesser quality replacements as far as I am concerned.  We have to stay strong.  The players mentioned are a massive part of our squad.  A squad which does have the foundations to be turned into very good one.


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