Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Kenny Killed off Our Little Chances Says Asprilla; Former United Marksman Looks Backon What: Might Have Been during His Spell at St James'

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Kenny Killed off Our Little Chances Says Asprilla; Former United Marksman Looks Backon What: Might Have Been during His Spell at St James'

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Byline: LEE RYDER

TINO ASPRILLA has lambasted Kenny Dalglish for "destroying" Newcastle United's chances of getting their hands on silverware during his time at St James' Park.

And the South American has also warned Andy Carroll he might need a translator in order to understand the Scot's suffocating tactics.

Asprilla was part of a swashbuckling Newcastle team which twice challenged for the Premier League title, but he feels it could have been third time lucky in the 1997/98 season had Dalglish not dismantled The Entertainers.

He told the Chronicle: "When Dalglish was at the club, one of his ideas was to sell a few players - and one of them was me.

"After I showed my full potential Dalglish changed his mind and kept me.

"But he sold Beardsley, Ginola and Ferdinand and a few others.

"Who knows what would have happened if we'd have kept those three players."

Asprilla reckons that the side that Dalglish inherited from Kevin Keegan needed tinkering with and nothing more.

He said: "I was sad to see Dalglish destroy the team - and our hopes of winning the league in the 97/98 season.

"The team that Keegan built was designed to fight for the title.

"The team was great. "We needed a new keeper and we got one in Shay Given but he didn't even play him that much.

"Maybe we needed new centrebacks but the offensive side of the team was fantastic."

Asprilla enjoyed a great bond with Keegan, even though the communication barrier caused plenty of problems.

When asked if he'd have stayed had KK not quit.

Tino said: "Yes I would have." And Asprilla has a few words of advice for Carroll at Liverpool.

He says: "I would say to Andy, make sure he scores goals or he will get dropped straight away.

"He will also need a translator to understand Dalglish's Scottish accent!

"I couldn't understand a word he said.

"One day he spent half an hour on a drawing board telling me how I should play. …

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