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10 personalities who dramatically changed the fortunes of their clubs

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Throughout football history, there have been players and managers who have had a marked effect on the fortunes of their club.  Whether, by word or deed, these men will be synonymous with periods of a club’s history and their memory will live long in the annals of the clubs concerned.These personalities were entertaining, purposeful, and yet, had their eye on the target. Some won’t be larger than life to every one’s tastes, while others have been coveted by almost everyone. Let’s take a look at 10 personalities who dramatically changed things at their club:

#10 Kevin Keegan - Newcastle United

Kevin Keegan’s Newcastle teams played lovely, attacking football

Kevin Keegan remains a hero on Tyneside. Both as a player and manager, Keegan was adored by the Geordie masses.

Never was he better appreciated than during his outburst against Sir Alex Ferguson live on TV. His “I would love it” speech has gone down in Premier League folklore and despite not being able to bring the success to the club that everyone craved, the swashbuckling nature of his teams left everyone wanting more.

Even in defeat, Newcastle were entertainment personified. Who can possibly forget the incredible 4-3 defeat at Anfield with Stan Collymore snatching the win for Liverpool in the dying seconds.

Compare that side of Ginola, Ferdinand, Asprilla, Lee and Shearer to the current crop. Arguably there isn’t even an appropriate comparison that can be made. Keegan was within a whisker of bringing the title to Tyneside and his legacy in the black and white half of the north-east will never be forgotten.

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