In August two years ago, Newcastle started the season well under then manager Kevin Keegan.
Danny Guthrie – mayhem wont happen again – good
With a first game at Old Trafford, there was some trepidation amongst the fans, but the lads played well and thoroughly deserved their 1-1 draw, after going ahead in the first half.
But of course within a couple of weeks all hell broke loose at the Newcastle club, with an eruption between Kevin Keegan and Dennis Wise in particular.
It all ended up with Kevin Keegan walking out, after it was clear he was not the person in charge of which players would come and which would go in the transfer market – Dennis Wise has that authority.
And that was even though the club had said Kevin would be in charge of transfers after Dennis was appointed Director of Football a short two weeks after Kevin himself has been appointed manager in January of 2008, following the sacking of Sam Allardyce.
And the Newcastle fans also erupted – demanding that owner Mike Ashley sell the club and get out – which he tried to do but couldn’t – and in short, that was the start of a devastating season which saw Newcastle relegated to the Championship.
We will never forget the devastated Newcastle fans in tears at the end of the Aston Villa game, when it became clear we were relegated and Alan Shearer, the manager at the time, walking around Villa Park in a daze trying to come to grips with what had happened to his home town club.
And some Newcastle fans have not, and will not, forgive Mike Ashley for letting that happen, and a cloud still hangs over Mike’s head for allowing the club go into such complete disarray.
But things are a lot better now, thank goodness, under the steady and calm approach of new manager Chris Hughton and his assistant Colin Calderwood.
And 23 year-old midfielder Danny Guthrie, who is a likely starter when Newcastle again travel to the Red Devils for their first game of the season tomorrow night, assures us that kind of mayhem will never happen again.
Guthrie made his debut in that 1-1 draw, but of course, it was a disastrous season at Newcastle and it was hard to take for the loyal Newcastle fans – it was devastating.
“It was a great start – but then it all blew up.”“It was mayhem for a bit. It affected the whole club and it was a disaster. It won’t happen this time.’’
“It was difficult as a new player. I was just trying to concentrate on playing.” “Everyone was saying, ‘This stuff won’t affect you’. But it affected the whole club. In the end it was disaster.”
“First and foremost we want to be in this league again next year. I think we can finish between 12th and 14th.”
Saying the mayhem will not happen again is like saying two years after a devastating tornado has hit an area – that at least it will not happen again, or that if you stop hitting your head against the brick wall it will feel better.
But the Tyneside club went through one of its worst periods in recent memory in that 2008-2009 season, and it was only last season that Newcastle started to come back from the abyss, and were promoted back to the Premier League, where most people would agree they belong.
We’re not sure how we will fare in the actual game tomorrow night, fellow promotion club WBA were annihilated 6-0 at Chelsea yesterday, but we at least feel confident that Chris Hughton can keep the club in clear water this season – although it will not be easy.
And we also know that every single Newcastle player will give it everything they’ve got.