Gary Speed has revealed to The Journal that he is interested in managing Newcastle one day, and he regrets leaving the club for Bolton in 2004.
The midfielder was told he would not be guaranteed game time if he stayed with the Magpies, but Speed still wishes he stayed under the wing of Sir Bobby Robson.
“I shouldn’t have left when I did. Bobby didn’t want me to go, but the club accepted an offer, I wasn’t going to be playing every week so I made a decision to go to Bolton,” He said.
“I enjoyed my time there, but with hindsight I could have stayed and I should have done, the door wasn’t closed on me. I didn’t like the idea of not being first choice anymore. It was a mistake, but we all make them.”
Speed has fond memories of playing for the Toon, and has no trouble reminiscing about the glory days at St James Park.
“I loved my time up there, it is a fantastic place to live and a fantastic place to play football. It was definitely the most enjoyable period of my career, playing in the Champions League. We were one of the top four or five sides in the country at that time and that is where Newcastle should be in my opinion.”
Speed believes Newcastle being relegated at the end of the 2008-09 season was a blessing in disguise.
“It may not have seemed like it at the time, but I think relegation might be the best thing that could have happened to them.
“It’s going to take some time, but they seem to be in a good shape financially and gradually they are building themselves back into the club they should be."
When looking to a manager for inspiration, Speed has always thought of one man: the legendary Sir Bobby Robson.
“Bobby was fantastic, there are so many memories. He pops into my head a lot, things he said, things he did. I’m my own man, you have to be as a manager, but obviously there are things I picked up.
“Bobby was just a fantastic manager, he knew how to get the best out of his players. In his first game we won 8-0 against Sheffield Wednesday, that wasn’t tactics, or coaching, that was purely down to the manager and his ability to get players to run through brick walls for him.”