Former Newcastle United chairman Freddy Shepherd has sensationally revealed he tried to lure Sir Alex Ferguson to the club to replace Kevin Keegan in 1997
Keegan left the club at the beginning of the 1997-98 season after being pipped by Ferguson's Manchester United side to the title the previous season.
And in the wake of Keegan leaving the Newcastle, Shepherd reveals he had United's manager in mind.
“We went for Sir Alex Ferguson, at the time he was negotiating a new contract at Man United and we spoke to Fergie’s advisors but it didn’t come off," he said.
“His advisors encouraged us to wait a bit longer and further down the line it just died a death. It would have been a great signing after Keegan, he’s always said that the only other club he’d come to is Newcastle.
"It was recorded at the time, if he ever had to move to. That was years ago."
The Scot went on to secure the treble with United two years later, while Newcastle recruited Kenny Daglish and then Ruud Gullit before settling with Sir Bobby Robson.
The two clubs' fortunes have continued to differ, as United recorded their second Champions League trophy under Ferguson in 2008, the season before Newcastle lost their Premier League status.