It’s August 1998 and Newcastle had appointed the man to bring sexy football to St.James Park – Ruud Gullit. After delivering Chelsea their first trophy in 26 years, the Toon fans were hopeful, and rightly so.
Fast forward a year, Gullit was losing the dressing room and the fans – he made a call, he dropped fan favourite and all round Newcastle legend Alan Shearer. In a bid to regain the control of the players, he went big with his decision, however, it didn’t work out and following on from a 2-1 defeat to local rivals Sunderland – Gullit resigned three days later.
The Newcastle board felt they needed to bring the feel good factor back to the Magpies, they appointed Geordie Sir Bobby Robson on an initial one year deal.
In his first match, they thumped Sheffield Wednesday 8-0…Alan Shearer bagging five goals after a barren spell – the feel-good factor was back and Newcastle under Robson’s reign would enjoy some of their best years.
On the other hand, Newcastle also provide evidence that appointing a club legend can hugely backfire as we seen in Shearer’s 8-game reign in 2009.
In which they were relegated following one win in his time at Newcastle. Albeit the circumstances and managerial experiences range vastly, Man United will be hoping for more of a positive time under their revered goalscorer.
With the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, especially with Mike Phelan by his side. It could prove to be a recipe for success from years past, both lived through the Fergie years and both would have great knowledge from the times on how to make the Red Devils tick once again.
Hey, Roberto Di Matteo won the Champions League against the odds – Footballs a crazy game.
The Red Devils have been through the mill since Sir Alex Ferguson retired. Indeed, they have still grabbed a few cup trophies along the way, however, it’s the Premier League and ultimately the style of play which has started to wear thin with the Old Trafford faithful.
Some may look upon the recruitment of Solskjaer as a strange one, but just imagine they the feel-good factor does come back. Old Trafford rocking once again – top fours a must, but a good cup run and we could see Ole in the dugout for longer than this season.
Surely in his mind, he will be wanting the job for longer than 6 months or so!?
Only time will tell…