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Will Newcastle ever truly be set alight under the Mike Ashley regime? | Daniel Taylor

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When will the generations of supporters too young to remember the thrill of a championship chase under Kevin Keegan see their club emerge from all the stagnation and drift?

In happier times for Newcastle United, it probably summed up the club’s ambitions that a delegation from St James’ Park once travelled to Turin on the off-chance they might be able to persuade Juventus into selling Roberto Baggio on the spot.

It’s a great story. They didn’t have an appointment. They didn’t have a contact at Juve and when the relevant directors invited Kevin Keegan, Newcastle’s manager at the time, he told them they must be round the twist to think one of the giants of European football would appreciate them turning up without an invitation.

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