I feel I have taken the club as far as I can and that it would be in the best interest of all concerned if I resign now. Despite their impressive league form, the pre-match focus remained on apparent defensive shortcomings. Neville on Man Utd's midfield mentality shift.  Shearer, whose five goals made him the top scorer in Euro 96, had supported Newcastle since childhood – he had been a ball-boy at St James' Park on the day that Keegan had left in a helicopter after his final Newcastle appearance as a player. After much speculation, Frenchman Arsène Wenger was appointed as his replacement – the club's first manager born outside of the British Isles. Newcastle remain three points behind Manchester United with a game in hand, but have collected just four points from their last six games. Stan Collymore, who set up the opening goal for Liverpool, equalised for Liverpool in the 68th minute. Peter Beardsley and Darren Peacock were dropped from the starting line-up but excellent performances by Neville Southall in goal and future Newcastle striker Duncan Ferguson helped Everton win 2–0. Keegan ignored the criticism and sent his side out with his usual instructions to entertain and the result for his team was "their crowning achievement, a sign that their swashbuckling football that had lost them the title in tragi-comic circumstances the previous seasons could endure. " Despite his previous offers to leave, the resignation drew a shocked reaction from his assistant, Terry McDermott and drew comment from the Mayor of Newcastle and the leader of the Labour Party, Tony Blair.  Ian Ridley of the Independent summed up the prevailing mood: "It [the Charity Shield] is a forgotten match once the real business of the season begins, but this year's may linger a little longer in the memory for 15 million and one reasons.  The poor run continued on 17 December when they lost 2–1 at Coventry City.  Two first half goals from Ferdinand, taking his total to eight in six games, and another from Shearer had cancelled out an early goal by Dwight Yorke to give the hosts a 3-1 half-time lead. Ian Woan scored twice in the last fifteen minutes of a fourth round FA Cup tie at St James' Park to knock the home side out of the competition, whilst in the 1996–97 UEFA Cup, Newcastle performed better and reached the quarter-finals but were ultimately beaten 4–0 on aggregate by French side AS Monaco. Some of our lads thought it was going to be a canter. The prospect of Alan Shearer's appearance for Newcastle United against the club who also tried to sign him has seen enthusiasm reach a rare pitch. Liverpool do not have any suspended players ahead of the tie. , Forward Darren Huckerby was loaned out to Millwall F.C in November 1996 before signing for Coventry City F.C for £1 million. Are #LFC back in the Premiership title race? Newcastle United's aspirations of winning the league suffered as a result of the match. Which you (the press) won't want to write because you like saying how badly we defend.  Keegan reacted furiously when questioned about the story at the end of a press conference after the FA Cup tie with Charlton Athletic, storming out after stating "I'm here to talk about the game. , The final game of the tour was in Japan against Gamba Osaka. James Carroll , — Premier League at 25: the best match – Liverpool 4 - 3 Newcastle, April 1996, by Scott Murray in The Guardian, July 2017. The team were knocked out of the League Cup in the fourth round by local rivals Middlesbrough, who went on to reach the final. Liverpool: James (7), Wright (6), Scales (6), Ruddock (7), McAteer (7), Redknapp (7), Barnes (7), Jones (6), McManaman (8), Fowler (8), Collymore (8). Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Copyright © 2020 Goal.com All rights reserved. , Kenny Dalglish sold Forward Paul Kitson to West Ham United F.C for £1,200,000 in February 1997, whilst Midfielder Des Hamilton was signed in March 1997 from Bradford City F.C. Shearer and Asprilla combined just before the half time interval and the latter finished calmly to give the visitors a 1–0 half-time lead. It was a magnificent performance and the score could easily have reached double figures.  Keegan afterwards claimed that he was worried about the lack of invention from his side and their inability to win games when not playing well. , Stan Collymore, who scored the fourth Liverpool goal, believed the result left the title race wide open. The 1996–97 season was the 99th season of competitive football played by Arsenal.The club dismissed manager Bruce Rioch in the close season, who spent a year in-charge. Two goals from Shearer and a late Ferdinand goal were enough to give the home side three points and close the gap on Liverpool, who lost 1–0 at Chelsea, in what was Keegan's last match in charge. Keegan's team may well overwhelm some of the Premiership minnows but are clearly going to have to improve to compete with the likes of United. But they soon made amends. Match Statistics supplied by Opta Sports Data Limited. James Carroll Read about Liverpool v Newcastle in the Premier League 1996/97 season, including lineups, stats and live blogs, on the official website of the Premier League.  He rejected offers to manage Blackburn and to play for Manchester United to join the club who had rejected him after he had played in goal for two days during a trial as a teenager.  Despite not having won a major honour since 1969, the Tyneside club is recognised for its passionate and loyal fanbase — over the course of 53 out of 63 seasons between 1946–47 and 2009–10, more people attended Newcastle home matches, on average, than home games played by the league champions. In contrast, Keegan slumped over the advertising hoardings in distress.  As the season moved into the festive period of fixtures, Newcastle welcomed league leaders Liverpool to St James'. 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However, goals from Asprilla and Warren Barton in the last five minutes seemed to have rescued a point for the visitors until Robbie Fowler scored a winning goal two minutes into stoppage time. Newcastle restored their lead two minutes later when Faustino Asprilla caught David James well off his line, but Collymore again levelled up from Jason McAteer's pinpoint cross with 22 minutes to go. After witnessing Newcastle beat Leeds United on 30 April 1996, Keegan, in a televised outburst, accused Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson of trying to provoke the Leeds players, adding that he "will love it if we beat them" to the championship. Collymore's first of the night followed as he turned in McAteer's excellent low delivery from deep on the right flank, before Newcastle missed yet another chance as James denied Ferdinand in a one-on-one.
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