Mike Ashley bought Newcastle United back in June of 2007, a couple of months after we started this blog, and since then we have completed seven full seasons under Mike Ashley and in the Premier League have only two top ten finishes to show for it – both under Alan Pardew.
Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley
We point that out because lately we hear the goal of the club is to finish in the top ten in the Premier League – but for all except two seasons in the last seven we haven’t been able to do that.
Newcastle even managed to get relegated in Ashley’s second season in charge, when we had all of four managers in one season – Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear, Chris Hughton and Alan Shearer – and that alone helped us to get relegated for the first time ever from the Premier League – with only 34 points from our 38 games.[table "31" not found /]
We came straight back up from the Championship in the next season with a record 102 points under manager Chris Hughton, but then Chris was fired the following December.
So under Mike Ashley we have had six full seasons in the Premier League and we have averaged around 46 points in those six seasons.
That would have had us in 11th place last season, joint 9th the season before and 13th the season before that – so with our average points total we are somewhere just below mid table.
With the actual points we have gained each season Newcastle have finished twice in the top 10 since 2007, and four times in the bottom half of the Premier League.
And when we were 5th in 2012 we had 65 points, 16 points more than we have gained in any other PL season under Mike Ashley. 🙁
Those are very sobering statistics for Mike Ashley’s Newcastle, and this season we’ll be lucky if we can make the top 10, and at the moment we are in 11th place on 27 points from 22 games – but it seems we will need to make do with a caretaker manager – probably John Carver – through the rest of the season.
Can you think of any other club in the Premier league who would make do with a caretaker manager because they let their manager go in mid-season (for compensation of course), and then couldn’t find a good enough replacement to take over before the summer?
And can you think of any other Premier League club that have sold their very best player in the January transfer window for big bucks and not replaced them.
Neither can we – because no other club would be that daft – but we’ve done that three times in the last four years.
That is very sadly the way Newcastle United is being run by Mike Ashley, and we often wonder why he ever bought Newcastle United – what’s he getting out of it?
The only way we can see Newcastle becoming successful under Ashley, is if the owner agrees to invest all the big money we are making these days from the Premier League, back into the club in terms of improving the facilities, but most of all in improving the squad and buying good players and keeping them.
But we just cannot see that happening somehow.
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