After Keegan had successfully saved Newcastle from trelegation to the third tier in the 1991/92 season, he came very close to walking out the door before a ball had been kicked of the 92/93 campaign, angered by a lack of financial backing by the club's multi-millionaire chairman, John Hall. In the end, Hall promised to loosen the purse strings and Keegan went about strengthening the squad. A young Andy Cole was signed from Bristol City to spearhead a strong attack with David Kelly. Paul Bracewell, Rob Lee and Scott Sellars shored up the midfield while Brian ‘Killer’ Kilcline and Barry Venison gave the side some steel and more than a little menace at the back.
They swept all before them, coming close to setting the English consecutive win record and finishing the season with 96 points as well as a +54 goal difference. The tag of 'Keegan’s Entertainers' had not yet been bestowed but his free flowing, all-out attack philosophy had completely transformed the side.
The marquee result of the season was undoubtedly the 7-1 demolition of Leicester City. Almost a year after the side had recorded a crucial victory in their fight against survival against the same opposition, Keegan’s men ran riot. The rampant strike partnership of Cole and Kelly bagged three a piece as Newcastle roared into a 6-0 lead by half time.
Keegan’s men had well and truly arrived.
Finishing third in the 1993/94 season