In 2009 Newcastle United were relegated from the Premier League for the first time ever, when we finished in 18th place – third bottom – with 34 points and we were one point behind 4th bottom Hull City.
Mike Ashley – Newcastle owner
We had a better goal difference than Hull, so a point in our last game at Aston Villa, which we lost 1-0 – would have saved us.
But it wasn’t to be and down we went.
Here are the finishes we have had under Mike Ashley since he bought the club back in 2007.[table "31" not found /]
So we have finished in the top eight only once, and got more than 50 points in the league only once – so it’s hardly a good record.
And that was thought to be such a great accomplishment with Mike Ashley as the owner, that our manager Alan Pardew won both the Manager of the Year awards in 2012 – the only time a Newcastle manager has ever won the award.
Two years ago we also struggled against relegation – just over six months after Alan had won those awards, and that’s when Mike Ashley showed his hand and got personally involved in bringing in five players in the January, 2013 transfer window – simply because he didn’t want Newcastle to be relegated.
In 2013 we finished in 16th place – 5th bottom on 41 points – which was two points more than Sunderland got and 5 points above third bottom Wigan Athletic – who are this season in danger of being relegated from the Championship.
Notice that Wigan were relegated that year with 36 points, which is one more than we have at the moment.
Those finishes in 2009 and 2013 are the worst two seasons in the Premier League for Newcastle, and this one could be the second worst ever – if we cannot reach 41 points.
That would mean we need 5 points from the last five games after getting zero points from the last six games, and we have only 9 points from the 14 league games we’ve played all year.
So it’s now more than likely this will be the second worst season ever, and we are just hoping we can survive in the Premier League.
And the surprising thing about it is we were fairly well positioned at the half way mark after 19 games at the end of last year, when we were in 9th place with 26 points – but we’ve just been in complete free-fall this year.
That’s because we looked safe in January, so Ashley cashed in and made £12M – and now we will be lucky to avoid relegation and it looks like we will have to rely on the teams below us not catching us on 35 points.
It’s just a terrible record under owner Mike Ashley, and why would a good player want to join Newcastle these days?
That’s the challenge Newcastle are going to have in the summer – we may have good players on the target list – but it’s a whole different matter to get them into the club.
That’s where Newcastle United will find it very difficult this summer.
The other difficulty will be to hold onto our best players – with Moussa Sissoko wanting away – and we feel almost certain that former Dutch manager Louis van Gaal will come in with a big offer for Daryl Janmaat.
Daryl has been our best player this season, and will very likely move to a bigger club – and probably the Red Devils.