‘I don’t want to talk’ - Explosive bust-up caused Newcastle United to sell 68-goal superstar

Kevin Keegan during his first reign as Newcastle United managerKevin Keegan during his first reign as Newcastle United manager
Kevin Keegan during his first reign as Newcastle United manager
Kevin Keegan caused uproar in January 1995 when Newcastle United sold Andy Cole for £6million plus Keith Gillespie

Andy Cole has revealed falling out with Kevin Keegan put the final nail in the coffin of his Newcastle United career.

Remarkably, the bust-up came almost 18 months before the Magpies sold the striker to Manchester United for £6million in January 1995. Cole’s exit sparked outrage on Tyneside given his prowess in front of goal.

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The former No.9 sensationally netted 68 times in 84 games - including a record 34 during the club’s first-ever Premier League season. Keegan was forced to explain his decision to sell Cole on St James’ Park’s frozen steps, with his switch to Man United seen as the ultimate betrayal.

Cole has stayed coy on his exit - a move that worked wonders as he achieved Champions League glory at Old Trafford. But the 52-year-old has now revealed how a rift with Keegan lit the flames for his eventual exit.

“I had a fall-out with the manager,” Cole told The Overlap. “The year before, we played Southampton, at The Dell. In those days it was a coach, so you can imagine a coach from Newcastle to Southampton.

We played and then, from Southampton, it was up to London for the League Cup in midweek. We had a warm down (after Southampton) and I remember Kevin saying ‘Morning Coley, do you fancy it (training) this morning?’

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“I said ‘I’ll be honest, I’m a little bit tired’. He goes ‘If you don’t fancy it, you can f*** off’. I turned around, packed my bags, got a shower and left. I’m not having people talk to me like that - that was my mentality. Kevin was a very emotional manager. I’d done nothing wrong, by the way. I didn’t want to talk to him.”

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