Current Newcastle Turmoil So Similar To Two Years Ago

There are protests being planned against Mike Ashley for the coming game against Liverpool on Saturday, and it’s the fans reaction to the latest rather ridiculous decisions being taken by owner Mike Ashley – that’s the owner who seems to keep proving he’s not a football man.

Alan Pardew – to be unveiled today as new manager

The situation now is starting to look very much look  what happened after the Keegan departure, just  about 27 months ago.

The Newcastle fans are completely bewildered about what Mike Ashley has done, with seemingly two enormous decisions being taken this week,  both which lack any good football judgement.

Mike said after the relegation of May, 2009, that he had made some horrendous mistakes, and yet he has just made another two big ones this week.

Ashley has made the mistake of fixing something that was never broken, and will soon find out what he had going with Chris Hughton – but only after he has blown it up.

The first mistake was to sack Chris Hughton, who galvanized the club 16 months ago and saved Ashley’s bacon – and we’ll not even mention the £100M he added to the value of the Newcastle club by getting promotion last season.

The Newcastle players just adored Chris, who had already given Newcastle three or four of the best performances seen by a Newcastle team since Bobby Robson was the manager.

And when the second shoe dropped – it will actually drop this afternoon when  Alan Pardew is introduced as the new manager – the owner has replaced Chris with somebody who is very ordinary – and that’s being kind.

As we’ve said many times this week, there is absolutely nothing in Alan Pardew’s record which says he is qualified in any way to manager Newcastle United.

But with players upset and the club being thrown into further turmoil with protests planned for before the game against Liverpool this Saturday,  Newcastle could very well repeat its history of two years ago, and become entranced in another relegation battle.

Newcastle lost 4 league games in a row after Keegan left the club, or resigned or was fired – whatever it was, and then when Joe Kinnear  finally arrived we drew a couple of games – so we got just 2 points out of a possible 18 following Kevin’s departure.

At the moment we have 2 points out of a possible 15 over the last 5 games, and a repeat of that run of two years ago will certainly see us plummet down the league.

At the moment we are 4 points above the drop zone – and it looks like we can kiss goodbye to any points against Liverpool on Saturday with the current situation.

If  history indeed repeats itself – the club will be in such turmoil again that it will adversely affect the players – just like it obviously two years ago – and we know the players are already upset at the owner’s actions this week.

What does this all mean?  It means there is every likelihood that Newcastle will again become a Championship club once again come next May.

That’s the stark and very real situation that confronts Newcastle United today.

The only course of action other than that is for Newcastle to start to do well and win games,  and Newcastle can then avoid a relegation fight.

In other words  that Alan Pardew becomes reasonably successful –  but all that looks very doubtful right now – and we’re likely set for another big relegation battle this season.

I really hope all this doesn’t happen, but history looks like repeating itself.

When will it ever end.

11 comments so far

  • Brutooon

    Dec 9, 2010 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #1

    If we were relegated the 2nd time, that would be the worst because:

    -Players won’t stay (compare to the first relegation)
    -we won’t get back to the BPL ever!

  • Thump

    Dec 9, 2010 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #2

    Since Chris has been sacked we’ve been staring relegation in the face.

    Maybe we’ll get a discount on N-Power…

  • partizanovec

    Dec 9, 2010 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #3

    Drop dead MA & DL!

  • carrollsinger

    Dec 9, 2010 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #4

    Ashley is f up in the head he ain’t right hoots is one of the best English up and coming managers and could have taken Newcastle far ash has well and truly blown it this time there was no word of the R word now it’s on everyones mind pardew. Couldn’t manager to get a hard on in a whore house complete and utter disaster

  • Sinner

    Dec 9, 2010 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #5

    Im really wanting to see how Pardew deals with Barton,Caroll and Ben Arfa.He would have difficult in controlling them both on/off pitch.Also,himself is laid out on many Controversies!
    Also,i can predict he would see the door of exit very soon with the upcoming matches coming against Liverpool,Birmingham,Manchester City and Tottenham.We wont be getting any point from these types of matches.
    I can already see the reaction of Pardew after these matches.
    ”They RAPED us” xD

  • Gazzzz

    Dec 9, 2010 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #6

    I can’t see any positive whats-so-ever in choosing Pardew over Hughton…..’experience’, my ar@e!! It baffles any footballing minded person! Experience means bot all if you cannot produce the goods, and that’s exactly what Pardew cannot produce; his record is terrible, with only winning around 44% of games in his full management career…Hughton is currently on 55%. forget experience, the stats tell the story! After more than 500 games Pardew had managed, why on earth can we think that his winning record can suddenly turn for the better….because it won’t!!! Relegation here we go!!!

  • Hectorprotector

    Dec 9, 2010 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #7

    Let’s give the man a chance, eh? It’s been a diabolical week, but we cannot write Pardew off before he has even started. I heard some numpty on Five Live this week saying the fans will hound him out and ‘get him sacked like we did with Allardyce’ after 4 home games.
    I have heard several Southampton and West Ham fans on radio phone-ins over the past 2 days saying complimentary thinsg about Pardew. The telegraph has written an interesting piece here:
    it outlines several reasons why he may not have been an enourmous success at his previous clubs, and maybe just some of those reasons are valid.

    The team is very different to the one that got relegated. That parasite Owen is gone for starters. We now have a striker who can actually score. We have players who play for each other. And we have Tiote.

    It may not be as bad as everyone thinks. How about writing a slightly positive piece Ed??!

  • Hectorprotector

    Dec 9, 2010 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #8

    44% win rate would mean 29 points from our remaining games, giving an end of season totoal of 48 points. Would anyone take that now?

  • Charlietoon

    Dec 9, 2010 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #9

    So many articles and assumptions and nothing official said for days

  • Captain Beefheart

    Dec 9, 2010 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #10


    The more you care, the more Ashley and Shepherd think us Geordies are dogs and plebeian suckers. F*** ’em all!! Keep your money and do your own thing with it for a change instead of bankrolling this scum.

    And Ed, stop stirring – I like mine shaken…

    So we lost our boss without reason or rhyme?
    ‘Guessing that means it’s Martini time!

    Martini time (vodka ice shaker!),
    Martini time (olive or lime!),
    Martini time (gotta have glasses!),
    Make it with a layer of ice this time.’

    (c) Reverend Horton Heat

  • Captain Beefheart

    Dec 9, 2010 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #11’ll be just like when we had Bill McGarry in charge and we played in the 2nd Division with a crap team and the ground was half demolished ’cause we’d run out of money. And barely 15,000 of us hard core nutters used to bother turning up to enjoy the comedy on offer.

    Ahhh, those late 70s, happy days…


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