North East UK news Arsenal legend admits turning down Newcastle United was a 'mistake' PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - Former Leeds United and Aston Villa manager David O'Leary discussed the Newcastle United job with Derek Llambias in the summer of 2009
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! David O'Leary accepts his decision to turn down the Newcastle United job in the summer of 2009 was 'probably a mistake'. The Magpies were preparing for life in the Championship following a chaotic campaign which ended in final-day heartbreak at Villa Park. Issues behind the scenes dogged the entire campaign, and continued into a summer where it was not clear who would be the club's owner or manager. There was also the inevitable dressing room exodus as an inquest after a humbling pre-season defeat at Leyton Orient led several established stars to depart St James' Park. O'Leary had been out of work for three years after leaving Aston Villa in 2006, which was his second managerial position following a controversial stint at Leeds United. Read More Related Articles Plymouth Argyle issue update after talented Newcastle youngster Kell Watts suffers worrying injury Read More Related Articles Former Newcastle striker Ivan Toney demands 'respect on my name' after record-breaking season The Arsenal legend guided the club to the Champions League semi-finals in 2001, but the extravagant spending which characterised his tenure led to the club's eventual relegation and 16-year absence from the Premier League. O'Leary discussed the vacant post on Tyneside with former managing director Derek Llambias, but eventually it was interim boss Chris Hughton who was handed the position on a permanent basis.
News source = PremierLeague-News.Com
. O'Leary told the Athletic : "It didn't feel right, but I probably should have taken it. It was probably a mistake. "It's a big club, another one-club city like Leeds, great support. "That would have been a good job." You can read the full interview with O'Leary in the Athletic.
Steve Bruce hails 'deadly' aspect of Newcastle's win at Leicester and pays tribute to backroom team
Joe Willock's 'big future' will make it difficult for Newcastle United to hold on to Arsenal loanee
Source = PremierLeague-News.Com