Former Reds Player – Why Magpies Will Be Missed Next Season

When Kenny Dalglish was brought in to replace Kevin Keegan in early 2007, he brought in some former Liverpool players that summer and one of them was 36 year-old striker Ian Rush, who was well past his best.

Ian only stayed a year in what was a poor season for Newcastle, when we finished in 13th place on just 44 points after finishing runners-up to Manchester United in 1997 with 68 points.

Ian scored two goals for us in 14 total appearances in that season.

Ian Rush – while at Newcastle 1997-1998

That poor season cost Dalglish his job at Newcastle and he was fired in August of 1998 and replaced by Ruud Gullit who last about 12 months.

Kenny had made big mistakes when he allowed popular players like Peter Beardsley, Lee Clark, Les Ferdinand and David Ginola to leave the club the previous summer and replaced them with older players like John Barnes (34), Ian Rush (36) and Stuart Pearce (35).

Ian knows Rafa Benitez well and he thinks it’s 100% certain that Newcastle will be automatically promoted this season.

This is what Ian has said today:

“Rafa Benitez is a fantastic manager.” “I know him well.” “I played for Newcastle for a year and I think the supporters are fantastic.”

“They are a bit like Liverpool fans.” “And the reason that Rafa stayed there is because he knows those fans are similar to Liverpool fans.”

“They get behind the team and get them wins.” “They play good football. I am 100% certain he will get them back.”

“They have had a big budget for that league but you still need the manager.”

“I am pretty certain Rafa can get them back in the Premier League where they belong.”

“Every team will miss them in the Championship because of the away support they’ll bring.”

“They do deserve to be in the Premier League because of their crowds home and away.”

We probably need another 10 to 11 wins in  our final 17 games to ensure we are automatically promoted.

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28 comments so far

  • AncientC

    Feb 9, 2017 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #1

    Bring in Ian Rush – get rid of Les Ferdinand & Asprilla…

    The genius of Dalglish.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 9, 2017 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #2

    Possibly the worst signing the club has ever made.

  • jimmygscot

    Feb 9, 2017 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #3

    Not quite, worst signing has to have been that other ex red Money grabber Owen !!

  • hibbit

    Feb 9, 2017 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #4

    Definitely Owen no question !!!!!!

    “greediest man on two legs”

  • barkel

    Feb 9, 2017 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #5

    Xisco? Marcelino? Pancrate? Gonzalez?

  • lochinvar

    Feb 9, 2017 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #6

    Denis Wise or Joe Kinnear
    Because both cost most people their sanity

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 9, 2017 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #7

    Patterson, probably a lot of bloggers won’t remember him.

  • hibbit

    Feb 9, 2017 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #8

    the question was worst signing not the worst player !!!!

    worst player Stéphane Guivarc’h anyone ???????


  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 9, 2017 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #9


    He won a world cup medal.

    Although I do agree that he was a wrong un for us.

  • martoon

    Feb 9, 2017 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #10

    hibbit @8 – He’s the one I always think of when the subject of worst signing comes up. He was a striker who couldn’t score goals, he was lucky to be in that French team, they didn’t score many and most of their goals came from midfield if I remember correctly.

  • Macas

    Feb 9, 2017 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #11

    Rush wasn’t that bad. The problem was the lack of creativity in midfield due to the totally defensive tactics. Even Shearer struggled when he came back into that team.

  • nut meg

    Feb 9, 2017 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #12

    I remember Bill Patterson…sort of.

  • Pitmatic

    Feb 9, 2017 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #13

    Tiote should have been sold four years ago; as with Ben Arfa, the club missed its opportunity to cash in on an inconsistent talent at the top of the market. Lots of people have complained about Ashley’s buy-low-sell-high strategy, but prior to last summer, the main issue with it was not that too many players were sold on at a profit, but rather that not enough were. Only Cabaye and to a lesser extent Debuchy were successful examples (I’d exclude Carroll from the list as he was a freak success of the club’s youth policy). Mostly this down to poor recruitment in the first place, but it’s worth bearing in mind the money this guy has cost us in wages and lost transfer income — whilst contributing absolutely zero on the pitch — the next time you might be tempted to complain about us being a “selling club”.

    No hard feelings from me though. He was an absolute wrecking ball in his prime, and a pleasure to watch. Oh for someone of similar stature in there next season.

  • Pitmatic

    Feb 9, 2017 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #14

    On our worst-ever signing: Owen stands head and shoulders above all the dross, if only because he virtually bankrupted the club.

    It’s worth remembering that around this time a young Darren Bent was scoring for fun at Ipswich in the Championship. Having taken Dyer, Bramble and Ambrose from Portman Road in the previous few seasons, a move for Bent to develop as a young understudy to Shearer seemed an obvious one. As it was, he went to Charlton for £3m, was a huge success in his first season, and subsequently moved for first £12m then £24m in the following few years. Things could have been very different for us at that time if we’d taken him over Owen.


    Feb 9, 2017 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #15


  • hibbit

    Feb 9, 2017 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #16

    not sating he was a bad player just a very greedy man
    as player we got him to late and we payed far to much for him fee and wages

  • welshgeordie9

    Feb 9, 2017 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #17

    Ian Rush or Albert Luque.

    Mmmmm let me think.

  • welshgeordie9

    Feb 9, 2017 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #18

    Bill Patterson, wasn’t he in auf wiedersehen pet.

  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 9, 2017 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #19

    welshie – have you traveled to New Zealand to take part in the World Championships – on now?

  • G

    Feb 9, 2017 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #20

    Andy Thorne

  • ShirebrookToon

    Feb 9, 2017 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #21

    Sol Campbell

  • ShirebrookToon

    Feb 9, 2017 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #22

    Shefti Kuqi

  • G

    Feb 9, 2017 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #23

    Cordone? Or indeed any South American recommended by Mick Wadsworth for that matter.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Feb 9, 2017 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #24

    Carl Cort

  • ShirebrookToon

    Feb 9, 2017 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #25

    Titus Bramble

  • ShirebrookToon

    Feb 9, 2017 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #26

    Jean Alain Boumsong

  • ShirebrookToon

    Feb 9, 2017 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #27

    Allesandro Pistone

  • Sav

    Feb 10, 2017 at 3:32 AM

    Comment #28

    At least we got rid of Guivarch almost as fast as he came in and got our money back on him. Dalglish dismantled the great Newcastle team like he was still managing Liverpool. Turned us from Entertainers into an old footballers’ retirement home. We were like a Legends 11 by the time he got the bullet.


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