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PremierLeague-News.Com - Paul Dalglish was ultimately handed his chance at Newcastle United by Ruud Gullit and ChronicleLive caught up with the Scot to look back on his brief spell at the club

North East UK news Paul Dalglish opens up on haunting Newcastle regret and Shearer's intervention PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Paul Dalglish was ultimately handed his chance at Newcastle United by Ruud Gullit and ChronicleLive caught up with the Scot to look back on his brief spell at the club

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06 April 2021 - 12:30

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! It was just another typical summer's day in Norwich when one resident's world was turned upside down following the news that Ruud Gullit has resigned as Newcastle United manager. Although Paul Dalglish had been advised by those closest to him that it was worth sticking it out on Tyneside - there was always a chance that Gullit could move on one day - the youngster was desperate to prove the Dutchman wrong at Norwich. However, just 99 days after Dalglish completed his permanent move to Carrow Road, Gullit walked away and the news hit the forward hard. "I just went, 'What have I done?'" Dalglish told ChronicleLive. "I was down. I would sit at home playing the PlayStation and Championship Manager. I had bought a house and I was rattling around on my own. "Norwich is one of the best places to raise a family but being a young lad used to living in Newcastle, Glasgow and Liverpool, I was a million miles from home. It got to me if I'm being honest and it affected me as a footballer. "That disappointment, professionally, took me about seven or eight years to recover from. I actually quit football for a year-and-a-half. Alan Shearer and Paul Dalglish at the Marina Dalglish cancer appeal golf match at Royal Birkdale on September 23, 2004 "The funny side of it was it was actually Alan Shearer who kind of got me back playing again. I was at Aintree Racecourse having a beer with him and Mike Newell. "I had put weight on and had not played for over a year and Shearer said, 'Look at the state of you. What's happened to you? You were playing with me and look at you now.'" Newell, who was in charge of Luton at the time, told Dalglish that he would give him a chance in pre-season if he could get himself fit. Dalglish literally put his beer down and started running in Southport the next day. Newell, impressed, was true to his word and helped Dalglish prepare for the new campaign; a few weeks later, Paul Lambert got in touch to take the rejuvenated forward to Livingston. From there, Dalglish went to Hibs and then on to Houston Dynamo, where the Scot won the MLS Cup in 2007, before a stint at Kilmarnock. Dalglish's playing career was ultimately cut short by injury, but the 44-year-old has stayed involved with the game ever since in a variety of roles in the States. Read More Related Articles Unseen footage reveals Joelinton's nicknames in Newcastle dressing room and failed instructions Read More Related Articles Jose Mourinho admits he had the 'same feeling' as Newcastle players on the Spurs' bench All the while, Dalglish has kept a close eye on the fortunes of former clubs. Although Dalglish certainly does not hide his love for Liverpool, the Miami FC head coach and technical director will never forget his brief spell at Newcastle, which he describes as the 'happiest time' of his career. "Newcastle fans could have turned on me with things not turning out the way people had wanted with my Dad being manager but the ovation I got when I came on as a sub at St James' Park and the goodwill I got around the city...there was not one bit of negativity when I was playing," he said. "It's only since that maybe you see some negative things on social media but every single minute, every single interaction of my time with the fans, was incredible. "I remember being a young, single lad in Newcastle. You would be in a bar on a Saturday night singing Newcastle songs with the fans in the toilets. "Even just going to shops or going to get some food...honestly, it will always have a place in my heart." Paul Dalglish in his role as head coach of Miami FC Dalglish had previously been on trial at Newcastle as a teenager during Kevin Keegan's spell in charge but it was his father, Kenny, who ultimately brought him to the club. Following a loan spell at Bury, Dalglish was involved in the first-team's preparations for the new campaign in the summer of 1998 and let's just say that rubbing shoulders with Newcastle's senior pros was a particularly surreal experience. Dalglish, after all, was just 15 when Alan Shearer and his wife, Lainya, walked into the family home ahead of the striker completing his move from Southampton to Blackburn in 1992. John Barnes, meanwhile, was Dalglish's hero growing up and, even in the twilight of his career, the England great caught the eye of the boyhood Liverpool fan at Newcastle. "John Barnes was the best player in training," Dalglish said. "He was incredible. If you were on his side in a small-sided game, your team won. He was just an unbelievable player. "He obviously wasn't as mobile as he was in his prime but, in training, he just never gave the ball away and talked everyone on his team through the game and put them in positions. What a player. John Barnes "To get to see the professionalism of people like Stuart Pearce and John Barnes, for us young players, it was invaluable.

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. Dalglish admits his father's failure to 'bring success' to Newcastle was 'probably the biggest disappointment' of his managerial career, and he is the first to acknowledge that it is 'hard for a new manager when they come in and the old manager's son is there', However, it was Gullit who ultimately gave the youngster his chance. After watching Dalglish play for the reserves, Gullit handed the forward his debut at Coventry. There were further cameos from the bench against Nottingham Forest and Arsenal before Dalglish made his first start for the club at home to Derby in October, 1998. Although Dalglish was naturally a right winger, Gullit tended to pair the Scot up front with Shearer and the duo started eight games in a row together. After scoring his first goal for the club in the League Cup tie at Tranmere, Dalglish went on to fire the Magpies in front against Sheffield Wednesday in the Premier League a few weeks later. Paul Dalglish celebrates after scoring for Newcastle United against Sheffield Wednesday at St James' Park on November 14, 1998 Dalglish's father, Kenny, who stayed up in Durham a year after his departure, was actually in the stands at St James' Park that day. "I went mental. It's almost an out of body experience scoring at St James' Park," Dalglish Jr said. "Just the noise that the fans make when the ball hits the back of the net...everything just becomes a blur. "It's hard to explain but there are certainly not many things in life that compete with scoring a goal at St James'. "I remember being on the training ground a few days later and Tommy Craig, the reserve team manager, came over and he said, 'Congrats. Are you going to remember me when you score 100 goals?' "Shearer interrupted, '100? 200 you mean!' I was like, 'Oh my God!' He probably forgets he ever said it." Paul Dalglish battles Gary Neville during Newcastle United's game against Manchester United on November 8, 1998 Dalglish started Newcastle's next game, at Everton, and although a deal to sign the Toffees' No 9, Duncan Ferguson, was done that night, the youngster went on to make a further two appearances for the club that winter. The hierarchy had even made noises about a new long-term contract but, one day, Gullit called Dalglish into the manager's office after training. "Ruud was sat there with [assistant manager] Steve Clarke," Dalglish recalled. "He said, 'How do you think you've done?' I said, 'I think I've done well'. 'So do I,' he said back. "Then he asked, 'Do you think we've treated you fairly?' I said, 'Yeah, I think you have. You've been more than fair. You've given me my debut.' "'Well,' he said. 'I think your Dad's been unfair back'. I went, 'What do you mean?' He said, 'Well, he's still speaking to the players and the staff'. Sign up to our Newcastle United newsletter for updates Recent fallout over the long-running takeover saga at Newcastle United hasn't just been the talk of Tyneside - it was the talk of the footballing world. Now, Steve Bruce must recollect his team and push forward without the change of ownership and new backing. However, the twists and turns aren't over, with current owner Mike Ashley 'considering all options' after the Premier League rejected the £300m takeover. By signing up to our twice daily newsletter, you'll get all the latest news on all things black-and-white - straight to your inbox. We'll also send out special newsletters with any breaking transfers news, to keep you right in the loop with everything Newcastle United. How do you sign up? It's really easy and only takes a few seconds. Just click on this link to our newsletter sign up form and select NUFC - all you have to do is enter your email address and you're all done. You won't miss a single thing. "I said, 'Ruud, if you've got a problem with my Dad, I'll give you his number and you can call him and sort it out with him. I'm here to be judged by myself. I want to be judged by what I do on the pitch - not what my family members do'. "He said, 'You just tell him if he's going to be unfair, I'm going to be unfair back'. "I said, 'What do you mean?' He just goes, 'You just make sure you tell him'. "That was it. I never played another game for Newcastle. I didn't even train again with the first team." Read More Related Articles The billionaire and the Newcastle takeover tweets that offer hope of breaking a toxic cycle Read More Related Articles Rafa Benitez makes reference to his Newcastle problem as he targets Premier League return

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