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Friday, August 28, 1998 Published at 06:45 GMT 07:45 UK


Kenny not needled by Newcastle exit

Kenny Dalglish failed to get results at Newcastle

Newcastle United are preparing to unveil officially Ruud Gullit as their new manager.

He's expected to be introduced at a news conference on Friday lunchtime at St James' Park.

His predecessor, Kenny Dalglish, has said he has "no regrets" following his sudden departure from the club.

But the 47-year-old Scot confirmed he will take legal advice over the manner of his departure and admitted he thought someone was "winding him up" when he first heard of his impending departure.


[ image: Change of Toon: Gullit takes over immediately]
Change of Toon: Gullit takes over immediately
He said that he was not bitter over his leaving. "I won't be getting a doll of Ruud Gullit and sticking pins in it."

Newcastle plc released a statement on Thursday saying that it was advised by Dalglish on 18 August that he wished to resign as team manager, but not before a replacement was appointed.

But after former Dutch international Gullit signed a two-year contract, thought to be worth about £1m per year, Dalglish was asked to leave immediately.

Gullit, who won the 1997 FA Cup as manager of Chelsea, is expected to be unveiled at a press conference at St James' Park on Friday ahead of Newcastle's next Premiership game, at home to Liverpool on Sunday.

Club 'on the right course'

"I've no regrets about coming here. The only regret I have is that I've left," Dalglish said to the media in the restaurant of a pub near Durham.

Dalglish insisted that the club had been moving in the right direction during his 17-month tenure.

He said: "On the playing staff side the club now has much greater strength in depth and has got a reasonable quantity and quality of young players. Given time they will push very hard for a first-team place.

"I hope the club's on the right course. They certainly deserve success and they've got enough quality players to have a successful season."


BBC's Neil Bennett: Fans are wondering what the future holds for Newcastle
Dalglish thanked the Toon Army for their support.

"I hope they have a good season, and their support for me has been very nice to hear," he said. "I made some mistakes but also some good decisions.

"To see their faces when we had the success of getting to the FA Cup Final and the elation on people's faces when we qualified for the Champions' League by beating Croatia Zagreb makes it worthwhile.

"I wish only success for them."

On his future, Dalglish said: "I honestly don't have a clue.

"But I'm a long time out of short trousers. However, it's not the happiest day in my life - but someone going into this job knows it's not one for life."

He confirmed that we would be taking legal advice on the manner of his departure after examining the club's statements.

Meanwhile, Newcastle have confirmed that Dalglish's right-hand man, Terry McDermott, who worked under Kevin Keegan during his five-year tenure at St James' Park, has also left the club.



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