Souness: "With [there now being] a different chairman, I most certainly WOULD return to Newcastle.
"I´d join in a heartbeat. It is a big club, one of the big clubs out there.
"It has got the potential to be one of the best. But it's not a quick fix, and whoever goes in there is going to need certainly a minimum of three or four years.
"I would argue that point (that he was backed by Freddy Shepherd) because at the end of the day my first choice was (Nicolas) Anelka and (Luis) Boa Morte.
"I was told, when I spoke to the people in Turkey, when Anelka was for sale at that time, that he could be bought. But I was told he wasn't for sale and couldn't be bought.
"So instead of us spending the £12million there, we bought Albert Luque for £10million and Michael Owen for £16million."