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Faz's Newcastle nostalgia

Oxford United assistant boss Derek Fazackerley aiming to topple former club Newcastle

Tuesday 24 Jan 2017

Derek Fazackerley admits there will be a little nostalgia for him when Oxford United host Newcastle United in The Emirates FA Cup this weekend.

The former England assistant coach, now working as Oxford boss Michael Appleton’s right-hand man, spent six years at St. James’ Park during Kevin Keegan’s first spell with the north-east giants during the 1990s.

Oxford United v Newcastle United
  • The Emirates FA Cup
  • Fourth Round Proper
  • 3pm, Saturday 28 January 2017
  • Kassam Stadium, Oxford United FC
  • Winners receive £90,000 from prize fund

And he admits it’s a club which he still holds close to his heart, whilst also plotting a way for his current side to oust them from the competition.

"I had six years up there and four of them were very, very special and it's a fantastic football club,” Fazackerley told Yellow Player.

"We had tremendous success there in terms of taking them from the lower reaches of the Championship and into the Premier League and European places - it was just a fantastic experience.

"The playing personnel and staff have changed, but Newcastle as a football club hasn't changed, they've still got the same passionate support, a fantastic stadium and training facilities.

"It's a club that's got huge potential, but unfortunately at this time they're not in the Premier League. From a footballing perspective, I imagine that's the main focus of this season - to get back into the Premier League.”

Saturday’s fourth round tie at the Kassam Stadium also evokes memories of last season’s Emirates FA Cup campaign, when Oxford knocked out Premier League outfit Swansea City at the third round stage in a thrilling tie.

And with a spot in the last 16 now up for grabs, Fazackerley has drawn parallels with a year ago when their performances in cup competitions helped them on their way to promotion from League Two and to an appearance at Wembley in the EFL Trophy Final.

"The Cup competitions last season gave us momentum,” he added.

“They've got the possibility of doing the same thing for us this time and we're looking forward to the game against Newcastle and it's a great opportunity.

"It won’t be their main focus of attention this season, but for every club involved in The FA Cup, and Newcastle's no different, it's a fantastic day for the supporters.

"Hopefully, from our perspective, we can replicate what we did against Swansea last season, put on a good performance and hopefully get a good result against them.”

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By Nicholas Veevers