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The former Magpie has claimed that the Scottish manager was the main reason why the Tyneside club went down hill after they challenged for the Premier League under Kevin Keengan

Faustino Asprilla has claimed that Kenny Dalglish destroyed a Newcastle United team who could have won the Premier League title.

The Columbian striker was keen to work with the Scottish manager when he arrived, but this admiration soon wavered as he believes Dalglish was responsible for dismantling one of the most successful Newcastle sides ever.

“When Kenny Daglish arrived at Newcastle I had heard so many good things about him, and I could not wait to play for him," Asprilla told The Chronicle.

“Anyone who achieves so much as a player like he did you would naturally expect him to do well as a manager.

“This was not the case. Within months he had the team playing a style that was alien to most of us and he started to sell some of our star players.

“The stars like [David] Ginola, [Les] Ferdinand and [Peter] Beardsley were moved on.

“It was a team that could have gone on to win the league, having come so close in 1996.

“But instead we were broken up and the dream faded. I was sad to see Dalglish destroy the team.”

As well as these St James' Park favourite leaving the club under Dalglish's reign Asprilla also was forced to leave the club he loved as his relationship with the Scottish manager grew worse and worse.

“I did not feel that this was fair and knew that given the chance I could turn around our average season," he remembered of his time under Dalglish.

“I did not complain, I just did my training and waited for my chances, but they were few and far between.

“My departure was a sad day for me and I wish things could have been different.

“I have no malice towards Kenny, but with hindsight I think the club and the fans realise now that he was not the right man for the job.”

Dalglish is set to return to his former club as his current side Liverpool travel to the Sports Direct Arena on Sunday.

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