Football: What they think on Tyneside

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"I heard late last night, but I thought someone was winding me up."

Kenny Dalglish, former Newcastle manager.

"Newcastle need somebody who understands the club and the people, and there aren't that many people around. After Ruud Gullit and Ron Atkinson, who else is there? Certainly nobody with experience."

Malcolm Macdonald, the former Newcastle United striker.

"They want to get back to the old way which is attack, attack, attack, play football with style and entertain the paying customer. Obviously the directors, in their wisdom or not, have decided: 'We want to play a certain way, the Newcastle fan wants to be entertained' and consequently Kenny Dalglish has lost his job."

Mark Lawrenson, former Newcastle defensive coach.

"People are prepared to sacrifice cavalier football to win things but Dalglish did not. I don't think he will be greatly missed."

Kevin Miles, chairman of the Newcastle United Independent Supporters' Association.

"I welcome Dalglish going, but the timing is absurd - it shows serious questions over the management of the club."

John Regan, vice-chairman of the Newcastle Independent Supporters' Association.

"The FA Cup final was the final straw. We played with no passion, no inventiveness."

Calum, Newcastle fan.