BBC pundit Robbie Savage has said he thinks it will be a relegation fight for Newcastle this season – along with Aston Villa and Sunderland.
But maybe he should have said it will be another relegation fight for Newcastle this season since we seem to be fighting relegation an awful lot over the last four seasons – ever since we finished 5th in 2012.
We were relegated in 2009 and we struggled with relegation in 2012-2013 and then last season and now this season – so that’s three times in the last four seasons we have been fighting relegation.
Mike Ashley – needs to show more ambition
Needs to show a lot more ambition
How’s that for ambition for such a great club as Newcastle?
My dad will be turning in his grave.
The only season we haven’t struggled with relegation was the 2013-2014 season and that’s when Alan Pardew got himself banned for seven games and disgraced the club after head butting a Hull City player.
We also lost seven of the last eight games that season – just in case Newcastle fans were getting out of control and too upbeat about things.
We did finish in 10th place in 2014 and that’s only the second time since Mike Ashley bought the club back in 2007 that we have finished in the top ten.
|Premier Season||Position||Number of Points|
|2008-2009||18||34 - relegated|
|2009-2010||1 (Championship)||102 - promoted|
|2015-2016||18||37 - relegated|
|2016-2017||1 - (Championship)||94 - promoted|
|2017-2018||10||41 - current status after 33 games|
So it’s been a terrible record over the last four seasons – including this season – and to think we thought we were going to continue building the side into a top side after we finished 5th top in 2012.
And that 5th placed finish was recognized as such a great achievement at the Mike Ashley run club that Alan Pardew won both the Premier League Manager of the Season award and the League Managers Association Manager of the Year award in May of that year.
If there were any other Manager of the Season awards then – he would have won those too.
And we know we will continue to struggle this season with relegation because that’s what BBC pundit Robbie Savage has told BBC Sport:
“It is a relegation battle for Newcastle this season,”
“Villa are awful, but a point for them on that pitch is a good result. But I can’t see Villa staying up, Sunderland neither.”
One reason it would have been good to have beaten Villa last Saturday is that we would have gone a further 3 points ahead of them in the league table, but that was a big chance missed.
As other unlikely clubs such as Crystal Place, Watford, Southampton, West Ham and Leicester City seem to be making good progress – we continue to fight against relegation.
For a club as famous as Newcastle United that’s so very sad.
And we don’t want to be too negative just before Christmas either.
So we wont even mention that we have only 7 wins and 30 points in 36 league games in 2015 – one of the worst performances in any year in the league by Newcastle – ever.
Unfortunately, the above is not made up in any way – it’s simply a retelling of the facts at Newcastle since 2012.