Ever since Bobby Robson was sacked, for only getting us into 5th place in the Premier league in 2004, and failing to qualify for the European Champions League, Newcastle have completely lost their way, to say the least.
The great Bobby Robson – one of Newcastle’s best ever managers
Just so we can explain just how great Bobby Robson’s tenure was at Newcastle, he took over from Ruud Gullit in early September, 2004 , after we had collected just two points from our first 7 games. In that season we ended up quite comfortable in the league with 52 points with the following record for that season:
Season 1999-2000 remiership: Pos Pld W D L F A Pts 11th 38 14 10 14 63 56 52 FA Cup: semi finals - beaten by Chelsea League Cup: Round 3, UEFA Cup: Round 3 Top scorer: Shearer 30
Not too bad considering we had already lost about 19 points when Bobby took over. Robson has never really received the credit he deserved for his rescue act for Newcastle United that season, probably because he went on from there to have Newcastle in the top 5 for 3 seasons running, before being sacked by then Chairman Freddy Shepherd.
Bobby’s first home league game against fellow relegation strugglers Sheffield Wednesday in September, 2004 was memorable and got us an 8-0 win, we were 5-0 up at half time, and Shearer scored 5 goals. Another Premiership record for Shearer. Not too bad for our goal difference against Wednesday – a 16 goal turnaround. 😀
We didnâ€™t do too well the next season when we had a lot of injuries, and one to Alan Shearer, in particular, of all people. But then in season 2001-2002 we were 4th, in 2002-2003 we finished 3rd, and then in 2003 -2004 we finished a disappointing 5th â€“ and it wasnâ€™t good enough so out went Robson, unceremoniously booted out of the club he loved so much.
Letâ€™s just say in 3 of the next 4 seasons after Bobby left, we have recorded the 3 worst seasons ever in the Premiership, and only in 2006, when we finished in 7th place, have we accumulated more than 50 points, when we finished with 58 points taking 19 points from our last 7 games under Glenn Roeder.
This season weâ€™ll be lucky to make 40 and if we cannot reach 43 points it will be out worst season ever in the Premiership. Oh how the mighty have fallen.
Season Manager Won Draw Lost GF GA GD Pts Pos 1-2 Robson 21 8 9 74 52 22 71 4 2-2 Robson 21 6 11 63 48 15 69 3 3-4 Robson 13 17 18 52 40 12 56 5 4-5 Souness 10 14 14 47 57 -10 44 14 5-6 Souness/Roeder 17 7 14 47 42 5 58 7 6-7 Roeder 11 10 17 38 47 -9 43 13 7-8 Allardyce/Keegan 7 7 12 29 47 -18 28 13 * * after 26 games
For the third time in the last 4 seasons since Bobby left, we will finish in the bottom half of the table. Also notice in the last 4 years we’ve had 5 different managers – enough said.
Where do we go from here? Surely the only way out of this terrible mess is up â€“ and we just have to believe Kevin Keegan can turn it around.
But not only have we lost significant ground on other teams since Bobby left, but weâ€™ve seen West Ham, Blackburn, Everton, Portsmouth, Aston Villa, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur all get way ahead of us this season alone.
So we have lots of work to do to get back where we are under Sir Bobby Robson – that’s the huge challenge that’s ahead for Kevin Keegan at Newcastle. We shouldn’t under-estimate the task Keegan has taken on at the club.