Was Relegation A Good Thing For Newcastle?

When Newcastle were in dire straights at this time two years ago, there were a number of readers who said it would be a good thing if Newcastle got relegated, because the club could have the clear-out that it really needed.

Alan Pardew – being humbled is a good thing

We never agreed with that view, because we thought there were easier and less drastic ways in which the club could come to terms with some of its problems, but after going through hell and high water after being relegated, the Newcastle United club is in much better shape than it was, and the fans are much more realistic about things.

So those are two good things, but the biggest thing we have at the club now are players who want to play at Newcastle, and the lads give 100% every time they put those famous black and white shirts on – and that’s so important for a Newcastle team.

The fans are still passionate of course,  but a little more realistic,  after going through the terrible pain and humiliation of relegation.

Certain players didn’t seem to have the passion of two years ago, and one of them, Michael Owen, heard the wrath of the Newcastle fans on Tuesday night, and we still don’t think he really knew what that was all about, or he didn’t want to know is probably closer to the truth.

On the other hand players like Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton, Nicky Butt, Jose Enrique, Coloccini, Jonas Gutierrez and the like will always be remembered for sticking with the club, and pulling Newcastle out of a deep deep hole, and of course the lads were promoted at the very first attempt last May.

And a certain gentleman manager, Chris Hughton, has already put himself into the Newcastle history books forever, and will be welcomed to Newcastle, whenever he comes back to Tyneside, he was the main man for Newcastle, and he is still loved by many very appreciative fans, including us.

In short, he’s a hero to Newcastle fans.

Current manager Alan Pardew, who surprisingly replaced Chris last December, has said today he thinks it was a good thing that Newcastle were relegated, and this is what he said today:

“Sometimes the readjustment of relegation isn’t always a bad thing,” “You can put things in line financially sometimes and also the mentality of the club can change slightly and that correction isn’t a bad thing.”

“Over the years we’ve seen it with Man Utd getting relegated and Man City. Suddenly you can become stronger for it and hopefully that’s what happens here.” Everything gets realigned with relegation and maybe for Mike Ashley, Derek Llambias and the players that were here before it was a good thing.

“For José Enrique and Fabricio Coloccini it didn’t do them any harm at all to go into the Championship and learn what English football is all about. It’s never a bad trait in your life to be humbled, it brings you into line. If the club had stayed up that year would we be stronger now?”

“If you look a the financial results we published, maybe it wasn’t such a bad thing. It’s easier to say that after you’re back in the Premier League, of course. It’s only two weeks ago we were playing Wolves and we were still very vulnerable. We still are to a degree because we haven’t got great strength in depth.”

That’s an interesting statement from Alan about not being a bad thing to be humbled, and we have to think he learned a lot personally, from some of the sackings he has endured as a manager, particularly when he was sacked at West Ham in December of 2006.

He’s right of course, but it never quite feels like that at the time, but it’s true that some of the worst things that can happen to you in life, turn out to be huge learning exercises and even  a good thing in the end.

While we would never have wanted Newcastle relegated, maybe it was a good thing, but there is a certain excitement with Geordie fans at the moment, that Newcastle could be back to being a very good side again, and the summer transfer window should be really interesting and exciting for Newcastle fans.

The Newcastle team showed on Tuesday night, they can be a very good side, and they fight like crazy and it was a wonderful performance from the Magpies against the Red Devils.

But first things first, and the lads must now capture all 3 points at Bloomfield Road this afternoon.

Howay The Lads!!

21 comments so far

  • toonfan09

    Apr 23, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #1

    id definitely say so without relegation i think that we may have ended up like portsmouth and had to go into liquidation the squad has started a new and we have the chance to build something on what we have got and it could be great

  • nufc.romania

    Apr 23, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #2

    Hi guys, i saw a good stricker from palermo, he scored 3 goals in last 2 games, and one against AC Milan, he’s 20 years old. With 10m we got him.


    there is a link with his last goal.

    what do you think about him ?

  • nufc.romania

    Apr 23, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #3

    I forgot to say hes name. Abel Hernandez

  • fungus44

    Apr 23, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #4

    yes it was the best thing that happened to us got rid of the dead wood and where left with player,s who wanted to be at the club and they got us back up at first attempt well done to all concerned

  • Shot Bru

    Apr 23, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #5

    Surely relegation has had a serious negative effect on the club financially, thus affecting our ability to strengthen an already threadbare squad…so how can it be a good thing?

  • Weezertoon

    Apr 23, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #6

    Aye probably a good thing (dare I say it). Newcastle was on it’s way to liquidation. Also, we kept the players who wanted to be here, who cared abotu the club. All the money grabbers left, and good riddance.

    Hopefully we can go some way to restore the passion the players had for the club at the beginning of the season. Hopefully Jose realises liverpool is no bigger than the famous Black and White.

    The way we can do that is by getting behind the club in both home and away games.

  • toonfan09

    Apr 23, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #7

    shot bru

    yes we lost money but like the others said we would still have a stupid wage bill its likely we would have sold carroll for like 5 or 6 million cos he wouldnt have got his game and we would have missed out on 35 mill

  • Crawfordladd17

    Apr 23, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #8

    It showed us who the real players were that stucked with us Jonas,Coloccini,Jose,Barton,Ameobi,Loverkands,Harper,both Taylors,Guthrie and more that I cant think of

  • Shot Bru

    Apr 23, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #9

    toonfanno9…..When we got relegated Owen and Viduka were out of contract anyway and apart from Duff, Martins and Beye the rest of the big earners stayed last season (Butt and Geremi) and are still here like Smith. Going from playing Champions League to being relegated in less than 10 years has been a disaster for this club and has put us back years. If Ashley knew anything regarding football he could have appointed a quality manager to sort out the dead wood from the squad while still playing in the premiership. It also applies to the previous muppett Sheperd who in his infinite wisdom sacked Sir Bobby when we were making big strides on the football pitch. I guess you can always take positives from a negative like relegation but it can never be a good thing and should never be allowed to happen again.

  • FarAwayGeordie

    Apr 23, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #10

    without relegation we would have sold carroll to wigan for 2m ..

    33m pound profit on that front at least 😉

  • Shot Bru

    Apr 23, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #11

    Not if we had a decent manager in place that recognised his talent.

  • FarAwayGeordie

    Apr 23, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #12

    yes but like u said that was unlikely to happen under ashley.
    if we hadnt been relegated i doubt hughton would have been appointed as manager and we would have continued buying players past their prime to make us look like a premiership team

    i say a good thing because it helped bring down the expectations of the fans and ushered in committed players who actually wanted to play for the team rather than the pay cheque

    pardon alan smith though lol

  • Shot Bru

    Apr 23, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #13

    Farawaygeordie….good to see yourself and others picking out the positives of relegation unlike my pessimistic self 🙂
    Next season will be our biggest test yet with Pardew in charge from the start and with his signings.

  • FarAwayGeordie

    Apr 23, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #14

    100% agreed, im excited about next season but still keeping my expectations slightly grounded ..

    guess we’ll need to see the signings before setting any expectations though 🙂

  • drizzyTOON

    Apr 23, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #15

    @nufc.romania abel hernandez looks like a quality player! I would also like Javier Pastore from Palermo as he is a quality attacking midfielder with bags of talent

  • geoff777

    Apr 23, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #16

    Relegation can never be a good thing.

    The worst thing that happened is that fans expectations are lower.

    Now most fans are happy with 10th and no expectations of winning a cup.

    Fans demanding European football and good cup runs puts pressure on the owners to spend, and on the team to perform.

  • andre29

    Apr 23, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #17

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  • The Entertainers

    Apr 23, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #18

    As strange as it sounds but yes!
    We need wholesale changes in management and personel.
    Shearer was a playing legend and always will ‘be’, but he failed in management, I’m not saying it was his fault completely but he hardly succeeded . Chris was a breath of fresh air, the first non personality manager we’d had in Many a year and like pardew, showed great humilty and pride In his work. We all agree he was treated poorly, but Pards is taking us forward and I’m now behind him.
    Squad wise, it was a huge blessing. We needed to get rid of mercenaries like Owen, Oba and Duff. It brought on players like Nolan, Barton, Jose, Colo and yes Carroll.
    Let’s ‘be’ honest when we still had Carroll none of the players that left would get into our team now!
    Ungortunately Carroll had gone and I’m disappointed with the player and the club over that transfer, but time will tell if it was a blessing. New signings coming in may take us to the next stage.
    2-3 seasons ago we would only dream of being in this position.

  • Spotlight Kid

    Apr 23, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #19

    It didn’t do Chris Hughton much good, and it him aslone that got us back, but Ashley seems to have done OK out of it (and it was his bungling directorship that put us there).

  • Spotlight Kid

    Apr 23, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #20

    ..alone who..

  • solano

    Apr 25, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #21

    There was a heavy price to pay for relegation and hindsight is a wonderful thing……..relegation was neither a neccesity nor an inevitability………going into the summer of 2008 I had rarely been more optimistic given how KK had turned us around into playing progressive football…. but 3months of inactivity and rumour culminated in a disastrous farce….this summer has got to be different or it could be “deja vu all over again”


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