48 Twists And Turns In Newcastle’s Dramatic Downfall


It’s strange that the goings on at Newcastle over the last two years coincide with the history of the Newcastle United Blog.

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Here is the list of things (is that the right word>) that have happened since this blog was created – we think you’ll be surprised:

  1. April 23rd 2007 – The Newcastle United Blog comes online
  2. May 8th – Glenn Roeder sacked as Newcastle Manager – he had won 45% of the games he managed for Newcastle United
  3. May 15th – Sam Allardyce appointed Newcastle manager after he had resigned from former club Bolton a few weeks before that – just the manager  we need!
  4. May 23rd – Mike Ashley buys Newcastle for a combined £134M
  5. August 14th – Chris Mort appointed new Chairman at the club – Freddy Shepherd leaves
  6. January 9th 2008 — Sam Allardyce sacked as Newcastle manager and gets £3M payoff- refuses to criticize club – we would hope so!
  7. Jan 15th – Kevin Keegan appointed as Newcastle manager – Newcastle fans go mad – return oif the Messiah
  8. January 29th – Dennis Wise is appointed Newcastle’s Director of Football – what?
  9. Feb 16th – Dennis holds interview with nufcTV and says it is not his job to tell Kevin which players to bring in and which ones to sell – really!
  10. August 27th –  James Milner sold to Aston Villa against the wishes of Kevin Keegan – James seems surprised that Newcastle have let him go after requesting a wage increase at the club
  11. September 1st – Xisco and Gonzelez (loan) brought to the club on the last day of  the transfer window without Kevin’s knowledge – Wow – they were both great last season!
  12. September 1st – The Newcastle United Blog gets over 100K hits in one day for first time ever
  13. September 12th – Kevin Keegan sacked or walks out as Newcastle manager – we still don’t know what really happened. But Ashley holds a meeting with Kevin in London on the Friday night but Kevin cannot be persuaded to stay.  Kevin now suing the club for up to £8M
  14. September 11th – Chris Hughton appointed Newcastle caretaker manager
  15. Septembr 14th – Ashley puts Newcastle club up for sale
  16. September – December – Newcastle have 1,023 and one half  bids from everywhere you could imagine – well that’s according the gossip press – who are having a field day
  17. September 22nd –  – Terry Venables turns down the interim manager position at Newcastle because he couldn’t be guaranteed a permanent position – with the  club being on the auction block.
  18. September 26th-  Joe Kinnear appointed interim Newcastle United manager – Joe excited by challenge and seems to make immediate difference- players start to fight – and seemed to have woken up out of their slumbers – seems like Joe smashed then at half time in home Blackburn game – and the came alive in second half.
  19. December 28th – Mike Ashley announces on Sunday morning there are no buyers and takes Newcastle club off the market
  20. December 28th  Liverpool hammer Newcastle 5-1 and it would have been 10-1 but for a world class performance from goalkeeper Shay Given – he makes 5 stunning world class saves in first 29 minutes – it’s Shay vs Liverpool – before Liverpool finally score on 30 minutes.  An absolutely breathtaking performance of goalkeeping from the Newcastle star – other clubs take note.
  21. December 29th  Shay Given has had enough of the owners at Newcastle and  requests a transfer
  22. January 30th 2009 – Manchester City complete the sale of  Shay Given (after over 460 appearances for Newcastle)  as Newcastle try desperately to keep their world-class goalkeeper – Shay announces later he had had  enough of Ashley – it’s no coincidence he requested a transfer the day after Mike announced he was keeping the club.
  23. January 31st – As the transfer completes Newcastle get in Kevin Nolan, Ryan Taylor and Peter Lovenkrands in January transfer window – though to be not enough
  24. January 31st – last day efforts to get in a bunch of players – like Michael Johnson from Manchester City – fail
  25. January 31st – Newcastle blog site gets 110K hits on last day of transfer window – biggest ever
  26. Feb 7th – Joe Kinnear taken to the hospital with heart problems before WBA crucial game at the Hawthorns
  27. Feb 7th – Newcastle get a fantastic 3-2 win at WBA – things are looking up – we all see a big light at the end of the tunnel
  28. Feb 10th – Ashley announces Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood will manage the side until Joe Kinnear returns in 8 weeks and that next season the management team will be Kinnear, Hughton and Calderwood – Newcastle fans are completely underwhelmed.
  29. April 1st – right out of the blue Alan Shearer is appointed interim manager (how many interim managers do we have?) for last 8 game of the season – we all think it’s an an April Fool’s joke.
    Alan appoints Iain Dowie as Assistant manager – everybody is pumped up – this is great!
    Newcastle fans delirious and believe the club will be saved
  30. April 2nd – The Newcastle United Blog announces it was going to close down today, but with the surprise announcement of Shearer, the blog will continue until the end of the season as a sign of respect for Alan, in his efforts to save the club. But the blog has taken on a life of its own and can hardly pays its way.
  31. April 3rd – present – where is Michael Owen? – we don’t hear a word from the captain, and he has hamstring strain and misses second last game game against Fulham, after he had been dropped earlier by Shearer.
    Michael ends the season in silence not scoring a goal for Newcastle in the final 4 months of the season. One goal in the last minute of the season would have been enough to have saved Newcastle from relegation. Owen leaves Newcastle in worst deal ever for a Premier League club – and costs Newcastle £1.3M/goal for his 30 goals in 4 seasons. He will never return – and he didn’t even say goodbye.
  32. April 4th – In first game Chelsea beat Newcastle 2-0 at St. James Park  and our losing ways continue
  33. May 3rd – Joey Barton returns from injury for his first start since January in Liverpool game and gets himself sent off and misses the rest of the season
  34. May 3rd – big argument with Shearer and Barton in Newcastle dressing room after the game – Joey calls Alan a sh*t manager with sh*t tactics – big mistake by Joey.  We all think well – that’s the last game that jail-bird will play for Newcastle
  35. May 11th – Newcastle play magnificently and beat fellow relegation strugglers Middlesbrough 3-1, the first win since the WBA game – there’s that light at the end of the tunnel again shining brightly
  36. May 16th – in next home game we lose against Fulham, who before the game had won just 2 games away from Craven Cottage all season.   Bassong  manages to get himself sent off in second half – and our best player will miss the last game of the season at Villa Park
  37. May 24th – a draw would do it against Aston Villa a way – but we manage to lose 1-0 again, and Newcastle are are relegated – the last 45 minutes of that game will go down in Newcastle History as a disgrace and shame the famous fighting Newcastle United club
  38. May 24th -Steven Taylor is more than distraught at the end  of the game – other players rush to the dressing room to speak with their agents – “get me out of here!  This must never happen again at Newcastle – with players seemingly not caring for the club at all – just the money
  39. May 24th Fans weep, blog owners fall into deep depression and rip into the players, especially captain Michael Owen, and Alan Shearer in his post match interview manages not to break down – but only just, but the Geordie native is totally devastated – just like the rest of us.   It’s the first time we’ve seen Alan that distraught – ever.
  40. May 24th – present – the gossip press seem pleased that “big Club”  Newcastle are relegated – that will show those daft Geordies – and pour salt in the wounds – but what’s new?
    In the last 20 Premier league games of the season, the team has just 12 points with 2 wins and 6 draws – we deserve to be relegated – let’s fact it
  41. May 25th – Alan Shearer announces there is a lot of work to do in pre-season, and is in long talks over several days with the Newcastle hierarchy – Newcastle fans await his appointment as long-term manager
  42. May 28th – owner Mike Ashley apologized for everything – he takes it on the chin with an apology probably written for him by Alan Shearer.  We hear no apologies at all from other players who leave Newcastle last Tuesday and many will not return. Michael leaves in his helicopter and we never heard one word from our captain  over the last 6 weeks – what’s going on?  Some captain!
  43. May 29th – Newcastle club announces that  150 non-playing staff will be redundant – we estimate the wages of all of those to be close to the wages of  captain Michael Owen – £5.5M/year
  44. May 30th 9:30 pm (had he been drinking?) Mike Ashley announces the club is up for sale – he’s had enough and he’s made some terrible decision- really?
  45. May 31st – The Newcastle United Blog announces it will stay up – how can we leave with the club in this terrible mess? We nail our colors to the Newcastle mast – just like Steven Taylor, Beye and Duff have done.
    A  donate button is placed on the site, from readers suggestions,  in hopes of making some money to keep the blog alive – fat chance.
  46. The club is in turmoil again with no manager and new owners coming in – supposedly – and only 4 weeks left before the players report back for – who’s doing any real work at Newcastle?
    Nobody
    The Newcastle soap opera of last season is nominated for the Grammies (how is that possible?) and is immediately red hot favorite to win – a film deal is said to be in the works. Rumors have it that Danny Devito wants to play Mike Ashley – what?
  47. June 2nd – who knows?
  48. Go back to step 4 – for Mike Ashley – insert new owner name – and replace £134M with new price – £90M?  And let’s hope the new steps that follow are a hell of a lot better than these steps!

We’ll add one or two more points above for completeness with accurate dates – so we will have a full history of  all of this nonsense.

As  you may have already guessed, we’ve been asked to do this by the Hollywood producers, who seem anxious to put the screen-play together. 😀

If we’ve missed any major points let us know.

Comments always welcome.



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63 comments so far

  • Toon_Ksk (Huh? u mean David Craig is real?)

    Jun 1, 2009 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #1

    I hope the club is at the rock bottom now, that means the only way now is upwards!

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 1, 2009 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #2

    same here – it cannot get any worse – can it? 😀

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  • ObaFan2

    Jun 1, 2009 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #3

    What a two years and to think that the new owner was thought to be the right man to clear the debts, stabalise the club and take us to new heights.

    Yep, new heights… a championship team!

    Mistake after mistake but imo the turning points were CM leaving and Wise joining!

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  • mylestoon

    Jun 1, 2009 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #4

    we will never die, i think its only time for shearer to be appointed, ashley cant say no, cos he will have every geordie about to waste him!

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  • huz

    Jun 1, 2009 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #5

    What a joke! I still cannot believe Ashley has decided to leave us in limbo at such a crucial stage in our history. But I suppose that is just business.

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  • Ericles

    Jun 1, 2009 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #6

    My view about Ashley is that he is one of a contemporary breed. He struts like a wannabee fat cat with all the arrogance of his kind who did for Northern Rock, Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds TSB, the Government etc etc. At least fat Freddie’s heart was in the right place even if his own hands massaged the bank balance. True – there is only one way now and that is up. Well Doncaster, well Peterborough it is your turn to play in front of 52,000 of the best fans in the world now. And hey, there is nothing to stop us winning 2 cups is there?

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  • Whumpie

    Jun 1, 2009 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #7

    Agreed – it looked all so rosy with Chris Mort and KK in there. Remember Mort singing Blaydon Races?

    Hollywood would have to make stuff up to replace the truth – otherwise nobody will like the movie ‘cos it’ll be too far-fetched.

    I wonder if the script rights being sold with the club would be listed as an Intellectual Property on the assets register?

    Hey – it could happen!

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  • lesh

    Jun 1, 2009 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #8

    Ed, you’ll need to watch your back or Ashley’ll withdraw his aplogies.

    He’ll surely spot the coincidence of the advent of this super blogsite with a chain of events that eventually led to the current plight ofthe club!!

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  • lesh

    Jun 1, 2009 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #9

    *apologies!!

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  • beyethegreat

    Jun 1, 2009 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #10

    ericles

    what makes you think well get 52’000 also what makes you think were the best fans

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  • Stuart79

    Jun 1, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #11

    Chronicle reckons that one of the consortiums in for us is from Oman and the other local.

    How rich are people from Oman?

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  • Ericles

    Jun 1, 2009 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #12

    Beye – cos we are not only the toon army but everybody knows we are the barmy army too.
    Just hoping that was all.

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  • Davies

    Jun 1, 2009 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #13

    From a lot of what I read all over the internet, I would say that we are far from being the best fans in the world. Nobody can question our passion and, to a lesser extent, our patience (40 years), but we’re way to fickle and way too ready to bite the hand of whoever’s paying the bills. I’d settle for better than Spurs fans.

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  • hitman

    Jun 1, 2009 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #14

    a financial expet(forgot his name) has just been on ssn saying he has doubts the club will be sold in a month,more like 2 or 3

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  • The Alchemist

    Jun 1, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #15

    Chronicle reckons that one of the consortiums in for us is from Oman and the other local.

    How rich are people from Oman?

    VERY!!

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  • beyethegreat

    Jun 1, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #16

    ericles

    being the toon army is irrelevent if you were to ask me who the best fans are i would say leeds or citehboth supported their team brilliantly int he 3rd tier where as we struggled to get 20’000 last time we were in the 2nd tier though i do think we will get more than 20’000 this time around i would say about 30-35’000

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Jun 1, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #17

    Well I preferred the 39 Steps mesell like. ‘specially that bit where that tart had to take off her stockings while she was handcuffed to Hannay.

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  • Stuart79

    Jun 1, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #18

    hitman // Jun 1, 2009 at 1:24 PM

    a financial expet(forgot his name) has just been on ssn saying he has doubts the club will be sold in a month,more like 2 or 3

    Aye Hitman, he’s the sam person who said it would be easy to sell the club in September!

    Take it all with a pinch of salt. We just need to be patient I think.

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  • waddler

    Jun 1, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #19

    One of the interested parties looking to buy Newcastle are said to be an Omani consortium who wish to invest hundreds of millions in the club.
    I can see the logic in this, buy club £100 million and invest £200 million in squad, back into the top 4 and regular championship performers. Win a few cups, develop the ground to 80,000 capacity.
    Its madness a developer cannot see this glaring opportunity, it will be funny if it takes a couple of sheiks with brains to do it.
    This club is a CIRCUS.

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  • ObaFan2

    Jun 1, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #20

    This club is a CIRCUS.

    Yep, parade the elephants, lion tamers and clowns (current owner and co.) at half time!

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  • Stuart79

    Jun 1, 2009 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #21

    Is it just me or is anyone not suprised that the fans have been kept well and truly in the dark over this?

    I cannot believe there hasn’t been a statement on the club website or something.

    Typical Ashley regime! Why change a habit of a lifetime?

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  • Rangerman

    Jun 1, 2009 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #22

    I don’ think any club has released a statement on their website saying the club was up for sale, apart from Ashley last time.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 1, 2009 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #23

    I would expect loads of speculation of consortiums and such the like. It was a circus of bollox last time and no doubt will be this time!

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  • reetpetite

    Jun 1, 2009 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #24

    I see sunderland are in talks with steve bruce. What happened to the world class big name manager they were going to get? No matter how rich some clubs are they will never be able to attract the big name players and managers. Bruce is getting worse than harry for swapping teams.

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  • cicero

    Jun 1, 2009 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #25

    The Chronicle is reporting that Shearer and Llambias are meeting today to continue talks.

    It makes sense Ashley and the bankers to put together a financial package to get Shearer installed as manager and give him rebuilding funds immediately. If it’s allowed to drift and Shearer goes back to the BBC then the value of the club will drop like a stone.

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  • Rangerman

    Jun 1, 2009 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #26

    Chronicle reckons that one of the consortiums in for us is from Oman and the other local.

    How rich are people from Oman?

    VERY!!

    ……..

    A quick look shows they only have one billionaire in the whole country.

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  • cicero

    Jun 1, 2009 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #27

    Ashley has made some horrendous mistakes, mainly in his appointment of people to run the club who didn’t have a clue; and when there was the inevetable clash between Keegan and wise backed the wrong one. However, if he hadn’t come along and pumped £135m into the club to wipe out the debt where would we be now? Sheppard borrows more money for Fat Sam to squander on over-the-hill stars, mediocre grafters… then comes the credit crunch banks tighten the line of credit financial melt down club goes in to administration… disaster.

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  • Ericles

    Jun 1, 2009 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #28

    I agree Beye – I think 30 to 35,000 if we are lucky is a more realistic crowd.

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  • reetpetite

    Jun 1, 2009 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #29

    According to redandwhitekop.com Owen has rejoined liverpool! To be fair to the bloke that has posted it on there, he was first with the news they had signed robbie keane a good 2 months before there was news in the media that liverpool were interested.

    I am amazed he has got his dream move as i didnt think benitez rated him. Your better off without him imo!

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  • Rangerman

    Jun 1, 2009 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #30

    Crowds will drop but if we start winning games the part timers will come back.

    Same happened at Sunderland who had larger crowds for some Championship games than they had for certain Premiership ones.

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  • cicero

    Jun 1, 2009 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #31

    I see one of the casualties of the trimming off the staff was the clubs communications officer Gary Oliver – where has he been the last 2 years.

    P.S. Is he any relation of Alan Oliver? Maybe he was his inside source.

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  • Micky Toon

    Jun 1, 2009 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #32

    Ok, who is using benny’s login.

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  • Stevo

    Jun 1, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #33

    Reetpetite – I cant for the life of me understand that appointment?!?! Surely that would pi*s the mackems right off?!

    I seen that the dirty little rag called the NOTW had a story about Harry going back to Portsmouth? I took that with a pinch of salt. Have you heard anymore on that?

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  • Ericles

    Jun 1, 2009 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #34

    I think Mick Quin summed it all up well in the Evening Chronicle.

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  • Tom4Nufc

    Jun 1, 2009 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #35

    Nono, Gary Oliver is John Oliver’s son who does the Stadium tours. He studied journalism at Northumbria University… I know this because I was talking to John on Wednesday last week!

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  • batty

    Jun 1, 2009 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #36

    micky toon benny sed the other day he was going to behave lol

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  • Stuart79

    Jun 1, 2009 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #37

    Mick Quinn is a legend that speaks the truth!

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  • reetpetite

    Jun 1, 2009 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #38

    stevo- i cant imagine he would go back there. The fans hate him. Nothing on the spurs boards about it . The new owners might want him but he would look a fool if he returned. Never thought i would see the day when portsmouth tried to nick our staff!

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  • Tom4Nufc

    Jun 1, 2009 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #39

    And are you sure Gary Oliver has lost his job? That would be a terrible shame.

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  • batty

    Jun 1, 2009 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #40

    reetpetite i never thought ide see the day when cockneys were trying tp nick our club m8 and look what they done to it lol

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