We’ve had 3 managers at the club this year, so another 12 months of normal activity for Newcastle United Football Club fans is about to end.
Let’s hope for more of this from Joe Kinnear next year
We’ll go through the main events that have happened during this last year and if we missed any, then please don’t remind us – they may be just too painful for us to recall. 😀
In 2008 Sam Allardyce was sacked in early January after a rather ordinary start as Newcastle United manager.
But when the Allardyce sacking came, it was still somewhat of a surprise. Big Sam is now manager at Blackburn Rovers, and we wish him well.
Newcastle then pursued Harry Redknapp, then Portsmouth manager, soon after that, and after Harry initially said he would take the job, he backed out at a dinner with his friends, and within 3 days the City of Newcastle rejoiced as Ashley brought back the Messiah to Newcastle United – the great Kevin Keegan.
Kevin found it difficult to get going initially and it was 10 games before he got our first win with Kevin back as manager, but after that breakthrough we did very well, and even had a good start to this season, with 4 points from our first two games, plus an exciting win at Coventry City in the Carling Cup.
But then after the Coventry game, in which James Milner had one of his best games ever for the club, came a big surprise as Milner was sold to Aston Villa for £12M, against Kevin’s wishes. Newcastle fans were shocked and we all thought that to be rather odd.
But about 5 days later all hell broke loose on the last day of the transfer window at the Newcastle club, over some argument between Keegan and the Board, and after a few days of trying to get Kevin Keagan to stay at the club, Keegan finally resigned.
We still don’t know just exactly what happened, but Kevin is now suing Newcastle United Football Club for £8M, for improper dismissal, and after this case is complete, maybe we’ll get to know exactly what did happen. Maybe.
Newcastle fans were furious at Keegan leaving the club and turned immediately on Ashley, who happened to be in America when Keegan resigned, and after multiple demonstrations, Mike Ashley finally issued a statement saying he would sell the Newcastle club.
We then lost 5 games on the trot, four in the league, and were sinking fast until Ashley tried to get Terry Venables to the club, but when that failed Ashley appointed Joe Kinnear, right out of the blue, as Newcastle manager, on a month by month basis until the club was sold.
Joe did very well and was able to stop the rot, to his credit, and he was then appointed manager through the end of the year to give the club just a little stability.
While Joe’s done a decent job both on and off the field, we are still not out of the woods yet, in terms of relegation.
And then just last Sunday owner Mike Ashley announced, to nobody’s real surprise, announced that he had taken the club off the market, after failing to sell the club over the last four months or so, and would now be keeping the club.
Hours later of course, we were hammered 5-1 by Liverpool, just in case we thought we had a good team, although in truth we had lots of injuries for that game – well that’s our excuse in any case.
So in retrospect was has happened this last year is just another uneventful 12 months in the life of being a Newcastle United fan.
Nothing really exciting like actually winning something.
We now look forward to Ashley supporting Joe Kinnear to strengthen the squad in the January transfer market, and we hope at least that we can stay in the Premier League this season – that’s the least we hope for.
On the upside, it would be great, and yes – rather amazing, if we could get into Europe next season, and the chances of that are about the same as getting relegated, with 14 clubs so bunched together in the league right now.
We would not venture to even think what things will be like in 12 months time, but as long as we are still in the Premier League, we guess we’ll be OK.
We expect to again we writing about yet another uneventful year next year at this time – but you just never know with Newcastle United.
But our main message is to wish a Happy New Year To Newcastle United fans all around the world – and we know there are lots and lots of them – we know that.
And as far as next year goes ………..
Howay The Lads!!