Newcastle Incompetence – Second Worst Premier Season Ever

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.

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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.

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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.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 20, 2015 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #1

    Lilongwe Geordie // Apr 20, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    The players haven’t responded to the fans all season, why do you think all of a sudden they will? What is the point in having one individual event. If protests don’t continue, then we will have to start all over again, and will have further weakened the position that the fans are in.

    If the players had any personal or professional pride they would be able to perform regardless of whether 52,000 fans are roaring them on or not.

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 20, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #2


    If Ashley continues as he has we’ll go down next year.

    If they go down it’s not the fans fault.

    We’ve been in relegation form for 18months, if you take the 5 wins in a row at start of the season away we’d be screwed.
    Since last Xmas I’d be shocked if we had 60pts on the board.

    The players have had enough don’t care and aren’t playing for Carver.

    Is 50,000 fans sitting in silence because the teams gives them nothing worthy of cheering or get behind really going to make a difference?

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 20, 2015 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #3


    Sorry, thought Macas posts might be a new game?!? 🙂

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 20, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #4

    51 points in total since we beat Stoke on Boxing Day (not including) 54 if we include that one.

  • Belfast

    Apr 20, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #5

    Still don’t believe we’ll go down this season, and I usually always think the worst lol

    That West Brom win on Saturday was massive, it means they don’t have to beat us. They would have targeted the game against us as a must win.

    West Ham are also in terrible form in 2015, So I think we’ll be fine.

    In a ideal world Leicester stay up and the Mackems go down.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 20, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #6

    Fully agree with you. Only Leicester are showing any sort of form in the bottom 5, and that is an anomaly for them.

    QPR and Burnley need 3 wins and a draw from 5 games to overtake our current tally.Hull have one hell of a run in and Sunderland finish off the season with Arsenal and Chelsea. Most of the teams down there have to play at least 1 of their relegation rivals, and if they get draws they are both in trouble, if one wins, the other is.

  • mecannylad

    Apr 20, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #7

    I quite like the 17th minute exit idea ….but is there enough discipline in the rank and file to make an impact.
    A better idea would be us all to actually enter the stadium pre kick off as normal …. but remain in the concourse until the 17th minute ….. and then take our seats en-mass.
    The impact would be sensational ….. and it would be relatively easy to manage and so difficult for the stewards to stop.

  • Belfast

    Apr 20, 2015 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #8

    Definitely relegation favorites for next season mind….

    Losing Janmatt would be a big blow. Not really fussed if Sissoko leaves, or Krul for that matter.

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 20, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #9

    I think I’ve been really well behaved today and haven’t littered the blog, so I just want to share what I think might be my favourite picture from yesterday.


  • Average_Contents

    Apr 20, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #10

    Sorry what? Put to one side? Until when exactly? Another relegation is upon us? End of next season when undoubtedly we’ll be in the same position through lack of quality and investment? What will you say then? Wait till the teams safe….again. Vicious circle springs to mind.

    Now is the time. Not tomorrow not next week, month, year. Now. Why should we wait? We’ve had to put up with shite for long enough.

    Is this the jam tomorrow happening again but in a different guise? Wait until the teams safe….then it’ll be wait until we see what he does in the summer.

    I’m sick of waiting for something that isn’t going to happen.

    We might aswell be heard. We have been heard

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 20, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #11


    I actually want Sissoko to go and I couldn’t care about Krul, he hasn’t improved in the slightest since he took the no1 jersey.

  • nufc 11

    Apr 20, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #12

    The top brass at the club including Mike Ashley are imunine to good advice weather argorance or incompetence we are where we are facing down the barrel of the championship, the dogs in the street could tell you JC couldnt wipe his own backside yet magic Mike gives him the job minding the club, I can tell you it will be the kick in the bollocks he deserves if we were to get relegated just when the income revenues are about to explode in size . You wouldnt spend the money needed to bring in a top man and now it could cost you more than you can imagine I for 1 hope you get whats coming to him.

  • lochinvar

    Apr 20, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #13

    Krul has been less confident since his bad injuries and seems less athletic on occasions compared to pre-injury performances. It may be in his head that he doesn’t want to damage his shoulder again in high impact situations.
    Aarons like Krul would probably benefit from a summer stay in a sports spa retreat with leading physic / sports injury specialist and coaches.
    Then come back next season , fresh, fit and positively minded for the season ahead.

    I doubt if the club have anyone competent of spotting these concerns yet alone knowing how to address them.

    Carver would just suggest cutting down on the pies to improve fitness.

    If the club was a world class organisation like Barcelona, or an American football team, or Andy Murray or the Ryder Cup team then such concerns would be dealt with. But because we are owned by a sweat shop conglomerate nothing happens other than buying a discount pack of Ralgex.

    Everything Ashley touches reeks of cheap and amateur and not only lacking ambition but lacking nous ( someone else mentioned that earlier ).

    and Carver has identified that no players are arriving in a UFO.

    Aye, UFO yourself and beam Ashley and Penfold aboard.
    To infinity and beyond !

  • giimps

    Apr 21, 2015 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #14

    The good thing for the slug is that the 12 mil he has made lending players out and selling fraudew and not replacing him with anyone is higher than the 7 mil he will lose in prize money for finishing 16th.
    He has won again, if he is winding the club down ready for a sale, he will keep Carver on until October or November then if that fails, he will bring in a short term appointment to keep us in the prem and possibly a few loan players to keep the wagebill down.
    It makes financial sense, Collo , gutti, cisse ,Krul sissoko and possibly SAylor will be sold or released to reduce the wage bill further, meaning we have none of the purples left and only squad players and loanees.
    This means it’s a clean slate for any new owner, no players left on high wages (80k), no manager on long contract and only 3 yes men who will be as adept at putting cones and bibs out as they are at counting to 6 (but very cheap).
    The players we will still have will play anywhere they are asked and never question it ,they will be so grateful just to be playing in the premier league they won’t care, they will also have all been defending for 90 mins every game anyway so positions are matterless………or he could do all this anyway and just rape the club for another 8 years till someone pays to have him shot ,or he dies of poisoning, a heart attack so something equally as heartwarming for us fans


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