Ten Years Of Discontent And Decline At Newcastle United


If you cast your mind back ten years, then Newcastle United were in 4th  place in the league under Sir Bobby Robson, having beaten Everton 4-2 at home on April 3rd of 2004,  and still in the Europa League (UEFA Cup in those days), after we had been knocked out of the Champions League in the previous August in the two-legged qualification round.

The teams above us in the league were Chelsea (1), Arsenal (2) and Manchester United (3), although we were 14 points behind the Red Devils.

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Sir Bobby Robson – Newcastle manager 1999-2004

We finally finished in 5th place, and in those days that was a disappointment, after we had finished 3rd in the previous season, and we had been eliminated at the first hurdle of the Champions League, and that was not good either.

In August of 2003, we had beaten Partizan away 1-0 in the first leg, but in the return leg they beat us 1-0, and after extra time we lost on penalties 4-3.

And we reached the semifinals of the Europa League – in those days called the UEFA Cup – in May of 2004 – and drew the first round tie 0-0, but lost in Marseilles 2-0, with two goals from Didier Drogba, and after finishing 4th and 3rd in the previous two seasons, 5th top was a disappointment.

And Bobby Robson paid for that with his job in August of 2004, when then Chairman Freddy Shepherd sacked him.

Bobby was sacked to enable Newcastle to continue to be in the top four in the Premier League, but the best we have done since that time is 5th top in 2012 – and Glenn Roeder got us to 7th top in 2006, after he took over from Graeme Souness in February of that year.

Graeme had taken over from Robson in September of 2004, but lasted less than 18 months.

So in the ten years since Bobby Robson was sacked, the club has been bought by Billionaire Mike Ashley in the summer of 2007, and it’s just our luck that he is one of the few Billionaires who doesn’t invest some of his  massive money into the club he owns.

Newcastle were relegated in 2009, promoted back as Champions with a fantastic 102 points in 2010, finished 5th in 2012, and the next season we only just avoided relegation – which brings us up to last season.

So it’s hard to point to too much success in those ten years, and certainly under Mike Ashley we have precious little to show for it – 5th top is the best we’ve done in one season out of seven – and we’ll probably finish 9th or 10th this season – mediocre at best.

Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United were the top teams ten years ago, but since then big money has turned Chelsea and Manchester City into top four clubs, and this season Everton, under new manager Roberto Martinez, are now pushing for a top four place.

And Everton hammered Arsenal this afternoon 3-0 and now have a chance of qualifying for the Champions League, as they are one point behind Arsenal with a game in hand.  And if Arsenal don’t qualify for the Champions League it will be the first time since Arsene Wenger became the Arsenal manager back in 1996.

So after being one of the top four (maybe top five) clubs in the last three years under the great Sir Bobby Robson, we have finished 5th once since Bobby was fired, and now we have the two Manchester clubs, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham who are bigger clubs than Newcastle, and maybe Everton and Southampton have also moved above us this season.

So we could now be 9th “biggest” club in England, and we have been in almost constant decline since Bobby Robson was fired.

Fans would love to see a more ambitious owner than Mike Ashley at the helm, and maybe a change of manager would also help.

When you look at what Roberto Martinez has done at Everton in his first season, and what Brendan Rodgers has done at Liverpool in his second season, those two clubs play the way Newcastle United should always play.

But we just cannot see Mike Ashley selling up any time soon, but it may be that Alan Pardew is replaced in the summer, but we doubt that will even happen.

The point is that Newcastle are in decline, and the only way we can see this thing turning around is if we have a good clear-out of players in the summer, and get the six or seven good players in that is apparently the current plan.

But of course the problem is it’s going to be difficult to compete for the best players with the bigger clubs in England, and that number could now be as many as eight clubs above us.

Where’s that Geordie Billionaire who’s hiding out in Saudi Arabia – time for him (or her) to come and buy Newcastle United and pump some big money into the club, and get us back to our former glories.

And we hate to end this on a negative note – but we just cannot see that happening – and it seems that Mike Ashley will be around for a few years yet.

With everything that’s happened in the last ten years, and everything that’s happened since Christmas, with Newcastle limping to the finish line this season, it’s not surprising that Newcastle fans are fed up.

Make that completely fed up. 🙁

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208 comments so far

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Apr 6, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #1

    It will be interesting to see how much Everton kick on next season after all but guaranteeing Europe next year (possibly Champions League)

    They probably can’t afford Lukaku, but if they keep hold of Barkley, Baines, Coleman, Mirallas and add a few more they will have some team . Not to mention they probably play the second best football to watch in the league under a brilliant manager in Martinez .

    Whereas we only brought in Anita after getting Europe and had a donkey in Pardew as manager .

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  • catchy in norway

    Apr 6, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #2

    ED

    PLEASE RUN A POLL ASKING IF PARDEW SHOULD BE SACKED

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE

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  • Bambams

    Apr 6, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #3

    Catchy
    I think a very high percentage will want him out…..75%+ I reckon….

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 6, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #4

    Has wor Alan mentioned that he brings a little bit of a winning mentality to the club since yesterday’s match? I think he should bring that up again. Did you see how determined the lads were to win that one for him? Well done Alan you’ve inspired our players to new levels of performance! Harrumph!

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  • beermonkey

    Apr 6, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #5

    catchy

    why ask cant imagine any1 wanting to keep him

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Apr 6, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #6

    Catchy

    Ed doesn’t have guts for that.

    you can imagine an article like 2 more strikers for nufc

    Gameiro and Erding

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 6, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #7

    I imagine the Stoke players are shaking in their boots thinking about having to play us next. With our winning mentality and terrifying strike force we will truly smite them! Huzzah lads! I’m looking forward to it already!

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 6, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #8

    to do what works for us!

    …that is all I am saying mate 😉

    tads…it seems like we feel the same way to one and another. I would love to get along with you one day mate (but it is a two way street 😉 )

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 6, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #9

    Repost:

    Bambams…no one should ask of you to stop going to matches. We all need to do what works for us!

    …that is all I am saying mate 😉

    tads…it seems like we feel the same way to one and another. I would love to get along with you one day mate (but it is a two way street 😉 )

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 6, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #10

    With Alan’s winning mentality what will the final 5 games bring? I’m seeing 0 or 1 point now. I used to think we could beat Cardiff but not the way we’re playing lately. I’ve lost that squishy feeling woooo that squishy feeling. 🙁

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  • catchy in norway

    Apr 6, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #11

    I think ED is one if those who would like to keep pardew,

    people slate ketsbaia, but Ed is just as guilty of just throwing thousands of names that will never end up here,

    not many talk about the posts he puts out, there is ALWAYS a different agenda people are talking about,

    i think that the % of people is more like 85% or more that want him out of the club,

    this should happen ASAP, pardew is the worst manager we have had in my time, even BSA was better, there was a focus to his games, he tried to score goals, maybe not how i would have liked, but at least he wanted to score,

    PARDEW OUT NOW

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 6, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #12

    “Putting it bluntly, we’re now in so much sh*t here and unraveling at such a rate of knots that the notion of effectively regrouping for August under the current leadership seems inconceivable. Quite who this lot are playing for is questionable, but it ain’t “Pards.”
    A few pithy comments from NUFC.com. So they’re clearly not worried about wor club then.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 6, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #13

    Catchy
    You have an unhealthy obsession with wanting a poll, why what exactly does it change?

    You have some posters actively joining groups and campaigns to try and get change
    You have others giving up season tickets
    Others cancelling memberships
    Some emailing supporters trusts and the club trying to get honest answers over the direction of the club

    So what does a poll on an unofficial fan blog achieve exactly?
    You accuse many of being spineless/gutless/cowards/women/homosexual/d1ckheads etc for going to games/not buying into the fact the Pardew is the one and only problem with the club/not agreeing the squad is as good as some make out etc
    So with all that in mind, I’d genuinely love to know what it is your doing to get change at the club, apart from insulting fans, breaking your caps lock button and demanding an unofficial and pretty useless poll?

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 6, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #14

    GT…We’re finished! Fertig! Verfallen! Verlumpt! Verblunget! Verkackt!

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  • Mag52

    Apr 6, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #15

    Good one Big Pappa (not!)
    The ‘donkey’ you refer to in the season we got into Europe was only the manager voted Premier League Manager of the season and League Managers’ Association manager of the year 2011 – 2012.
    It never ceases to astound me what incredibly short memories a lot of you bloggers have.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 6, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #16

    How about we invite in a guest manager for one game? Since Alan can’t go on the touchline anyway why not? Let’s bring in somebody who can develop a real bond with Mike. But who would that be? It’s hard to imagine. Hannibal Lector? There must be someone who still likes Mike?

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  • theartfuldodger

    Apr 6, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #17

    Pardew next game : Well, Remy was rusty..

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 6, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #18

    What’s that saying in football?
    Your only as good as your last game…

    The 11/12 season was along time ago now

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 6, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #19

    Jesper mate never! I won’t have the lads fartiging. Does that mean what I thinks it does? There’s no time for that kind of business on the pitch. We’re busy developing a winning mentality under Alan. Don’t break their focus mate!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 6, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #20

    “Far from this being a season of consolidation, it’s difficult to see how and where we’ve progressed. As the manager admitted again today, we’re basically a one man team, existing on the goals of an on-loan striker – this was a tenth game without Remy and a ninth blank return.
    At any other club, the downturn in form and lack of effort and organisation on the field would be punished by the removal of said manager, who had taken the team as far as he could and was now firmly stuck in reverse.”
    Yes you guessed it. Words of wisdom from NUFC.com again. But they forgot about wor Alan’s winning mentality! Harrumph!

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  • anthc

    Apr 6, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #21

    Mike ashley is loaded. 100mil to him is chicken feed. Put that with the generated monies from transfers and tv money its almost 200mil. That could make a big difference to our squad and makes a lovely carrot to dangle for the decent managers out there.
    Shame it would never happen though the tight git. Mind you I wouldn’t give pardew money either other than his compensation package of about 20 quid for his train fare home.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 6, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #22

    Mike with some chianti and fava beans. Mmmmmm.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 6, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #23

    Who is you LMA manager of the year this season mates? Surely Alan is in your top 3? He has consolidated our league position. He has kept us out of any nasty cup competitions. He works well with Mike. He even has a little bit of a winning mentality. Beautiful.

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  • catchy in norway

    Apr 6, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #24

    TADS

    your point is ?

    IF i was back in newcastle, i would be a very active member of some group to get him out of the club

    i think you will find that my opinion has not changed on pardew in 3 years, i still say the same things about him and his football,
    his none style
    his view of how we play¨
    his use of the squad
    yes it is as good as some say,
    its just not being used right, the mentality of the players is now all wrong, he has drummed the football out of them,
    kids dont get a chance under him

    the guy is full of crap, like yourself and others like manx and bilson

    hmmmmm

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Apr 6, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #25

    @ mag

    So getting into Europe because we had Ba who scored 16 goals in half a season, Cisse who then got 13 in 13 and Cabaye playing a blinder whilst Chelsea & Liverpool were both having problems

    Makes up for

    .Relegation if it weren’t for Bosingwa.
    .
    Breaking numerous bad records.

    .Suffering some of the worst defeats ever seen as an
    NUFC manager.

    .Playing some of the worst non-tactical and defensive football I have ever seen.

    I could go on but I am sure I won’t convince numpty’s like you that all that is forgiven because he won a shiny LMA award, whereas someone like Martinez actually has a trophy .

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  • mag

    Apr 6, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #26

    Those were the days when we had a decent manager, before the tinpot dictator took control and employed the idiot pardew. We certainly are going to hell in a handcart.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 6, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #27

    Now that Alan is working with the lads in the dressing room at half time I can see a real change in the players’ attitudes. We come out ready to rumble in the second half. We run around. We cavort. We press wild flowers. Some even watch the game a bit. Beautiful.

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  • Online Guy

    Apr 6, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #28

    Mike knows we dislike him ,that’s got to hurt.

    When he moved the singing section , split them all up , that shows signs of a dictatorship..please sell up Ashley you are wasting our years away, you own a football club under false pretence ..

    It’s not for football reasons that you own a football club.

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  • croftus5678

    Apr 6, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #29

    for anyone to take “THE” best course of action for our club an individual needs to be unbiased/unemotional/clear headed and have all the information and accept the good aswell as the bad and theres not one of us who are all of those so no one knows for sure we just guess with the information we have.

    would love to see goofy and arma upfront now as we wont do anything without remy so may aswell prep them for next season.

    also try out rolando and sammy on the wings (when fit) as we will need them at some point imo ! and mbiwa a run at cb so he knows his role and can adapt.

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  • lesh

    Apr 6, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #30

    Ed’s article nicely (nicely?) sums up the catalogue of mis-management of our once great club.

    Ashley was hailed as our saviour and oh how he’s been such great great disappointment.

    Not even a hint of ambition in the years he’s been at the helm and it’s no surprise that fans are so pi$$ed off with him.

    But what can be done to be rid of the man who’s using Newcastle United as a vehicle to market his key business interest – and in doing so, depriving the club of what I’m sure could be pots of revenue from non-Sports Direct companies.

    Why oh why can’t Ashley see the mileage to be gained by both Newcastle United and Sports Direct? By investing seriously in an experienced, strategically aware and ambitious Director of Football to take the club forward, a first class coach to work in partnership with the DoF, the scouting team and other senior execs plus and to follow, top players for the long term, he could bask in the reflected glory of success.

    Please Mr Ashley, do everyone a favour and look positively upon Newcastle United, its long suffering fans or seriously market the club with a view to selling to an owner who wants to rescue the club from the purgatory we’re all suffering under your current stewardship.

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  • Bambams

    Apr 6, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #31

    Jesper

    cheers fella.

    Enjoy the rest of the day

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  • mag

    Apr 6, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #32

    Ashley has been in control of Newcastle United since 2007 and we are a million miles from winning anything.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 6, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #33

    GT…maybe after all Parsnip and Smallberries do deserve each other?

    …but maybe Smallberries should buy Rangers then and take LMA of season 11/12 with him 😉

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 6, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #34

    Catchy
    My point is your quick off the draw to insult and slag off everyone you feel is a “coward/idiot/insert which ever insult you use that week” for going to games etc but seem to be doing very little yourself

    I don’t live in Newcastle anymore, still cancelled my membership which means i can’t go to away games now, cancelled my NUFC tv, had discussions with Ciaran about how to contact people like MAOC/T4C/NUST about putting questions to the fans forums and the club
    “I don’t live there” what a crock to roll out after so vehemently forcing your opinion and insults on to posters and Ed

    If you want something to change start by doing something yourself instead of criticising others
    Ed doesn’t live on Tyneside either, hasn’t stopped you demanding action from him

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 6, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #35

    If we get absolutely hammered by Stoke, say 4-0 is there any possibility Mike will actually wake up? Could he rouse himself enough to sack that nitwit he’s been paying for 3 seasons now and actually go after a decent manager? Alan could join Dekka and Joe at Wee Winkies. It’s so much more relaxing in the Spanish sun.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 6, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #36

    I would not normally insult or offend another poster because of their view on things relating to the Toon. However, there are those occasions when it will be obvious that a reasoned argument will have an absolutely zero effect upon others. I speak of those who are still “championing” Percy Parsnip because of the awards he “won” in 2011-2012. I see none of the attributes that you would expect a double award manager being exhibited in this current season.
    Therefore I feel obliged to lower my standards and accuse those spouting about the double awards as a reason to support Percy as complete knobbers. I will now revert to my normal gentlemanly conduct.

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  • Online Guy

    Apr 6, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #37

    Bring on the Hod quad…we wouldn’t even need a physio.

    If Pardew has been told he’s getting his Card’s, its possible it might be announced after Monday morning’s paper’s have gone to press..So if there is any news it will be around
    22 hrs tonight .

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Apr 6, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #38

    Wolfshead

    Slagging off kids who attend percy hedley school at forest hall as a lot of retards demonstrates the pitiful standard of your mentality.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 6, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #39

    You’re right jesper mate Parsnip and SmallBerries. It sounds like an interesting salad. But to run a football club? Not so good. Couldn’t they just agree the club needs to be sold and that Alan has lost any relevance as a manager? It’s not a lot to ask even if neither of them is all that clever. Just sell up Mike there’s a good lad. Go pester the Scots.

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  • Online Guy

    Apr 6, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #40

    #……..37, Hod Squad

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