Newcastle tried to tempt Ferguson from Man Utd

Former Newcastle United chairman Freddy Shepherd has claimed he tried to bring Sir Alex Ferguson from Manchester United to replace Kevin Keegan in 1997, ESPN has reported.

Ferguson, who only became a Sir after winning the treble in 1999, was approached by the Magpies after Keegan resigned. United had recently beaten Newcastle to the title despite Newcastle at one point establishing a 12-point lead.

“When Keegan left we tried to get Ferguson to Newcastle as his replacement,” Shepherd said. “We had talks with his advisors at the time. We soon realised there was no way he was going to come to Newcastle.

“He was just trying to get an increase in salary. We knew we were just being used. Kevin had left and we tried to get Ferguson but that’s as far as we got. We were ambitious, we tried to get him – at least we tried. At one time we thought we might get him because he wasn’t happy with Man Utd. It wasn’t to be though.”

Newcastle instead appointed Kenny Dalglish, who had won the title with Blackburn Rovers in 1995. Ferguson remained at Old Trafford until the summer of 2013, when he retired, while Dalglish left Newcastle in August 1998. Dalglish was sacked with Ruud Gullit taking over.

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