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Newcastle´s Disastrous Relegation Year Almost At An End

9:12 am, Sunday, December 27th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 12 Comments

We´ll be very happy when New years Day comes to around and puts behind us what has been one of the very worst years in Newcastle´s long and once glorious history.

We have so far played 37 Premier League games this year and our last game is tomorrow at West Brom.

But even if we win that game it´s just a good job these 38 games have been spread across two seasons, because otherwise we would have been relegated.

lee charnley mike ashley

Time for these two to step up to the plate

Here´s the current situation with still one game to play in 2015.

Head CoachPlayedWonDrawn LostGFGAGDPoints

So even if we win at West Brom that gives us 33 points with a goal difference of close to -30.

If you go back over the seasons since the Premier League changed to 20 teams (from 22) and 38 games (from 42) back in 1995 – that record of Newcastle´s this year would have seen us be relegated in every single season.

We checked it out over the last 20 seasons.

So in that sense it´s been a disastrous relegation year for Newcastle – and remember when we were relegated in 2009 we had 34 points and a goal difference of only -19.

More points and a better goal difference so even in our relegation season we has a better record than Newcastle have this year in the league.

It looks like the worst run of 38 Premier League games in our history.

So those running the club – Mike Ashley, Lee Charnley and Graham Carr – should put their heads together and make sure we have adequate reinforcements coming in over next month´s transfer window.

It´s either that or be relegated.

Steve McClaren has said he thinks we will have a better second half to the season than the first.

We hope so because otherwise we could become a Championship club come May – after only narrowly avoiding that outcome last May.

If you don´t learn from your mistakes then history repeats itself.

It´s time for those running Newcastle to step up to the plate and show some real ambition and some real initiative at Newcastle.

Other clubs outside of the perennial top six in England like West Ham United, Watford, Leicester City, Crystal Palace, Everton, Stoke and Southampton are already showing that.

That would be a welcome change and would mean we wouldn´t fall ever further behind those clubs  – and we won´t even mention the top six – the two Manchester clubs, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea.

It´s time for some big changes to be made at Newcastle otherwise we will suffer the consequences.

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12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bambams // Dec 27, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    I just hope they do make the necessary signings we all know we need

  • 2 cyprus // Dec 27, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    Yes, Mitro is the main culprit for us losing the game, and Perez was unusually poor, while Wini was in and out of the game, doing little to support Colback and Anita who actually had good games.

    The defence was magnificent, in truth. Best defensive display of the day for sure which deserved a point. All defenders had top games, hats off, they were unlucky in the end.

    BUT: when did this team fall so far behind the likes of Everton? I don’t buy this it’s ALL bad MA’s fault because bottom line he finances the operation. And these players are both expensive and well paid, we should be about 7th or 8th. OK, the coaches have been average but they (at least the current ones) have a decent record.

    So, what is it FFS? I’m going for CARR. If you bought that T-shirt you’re welcome to defend him.

    Exhibit 1: Thauvin


    I hope that THIS isn’t our disastrous relegation year.


    Ed, maybe I’m wrong but didn’t AP do his bit for last year’s ‘disastrous relegation year’?
    PS. If this will start an AP debate I profusely apologise and take it all back 😉

  • 3 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 27, 2015 at 9:27 AM


    @2 Well said – I know teams miss chances/ sitters but how many games have we missed gilt edge chances –
    Man Utd
    theres five off the top of my hat

    I would of kept Di Jong in the team as when Perez comes up against physical teams like Everton he struggles. Apart from the first twenty minutes I thought we matched Everton and with our second half display we could of won it if we could finish – mind you you could say the same for Everton.
    My MofM was Elliot followed by MBemba and Anita
    Also Mitrovich needs to get a bit more mobile for Premiership – looked like he had to much turkey – got better as Everton tired. Dummett not sure about and I wish Colback would stop using his hands/arms grabbing players like a bloody octopus.

    If we show the fight and commitment we showed yesterday and can convert our chances I cab see us pulling away from the bottom BUT the next two months are going to be tough with games against Arsenal, Man Utd, Everton, Chelsea and Man City.

  • 4 Lindisfarne // Dec 27, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    Mitro was the most obvious candidate for not winning the game, but hardly for losing. Yes he was in front of Elliot and maybe contributed to his poor punch but is not wholly to blame and Thauvin wandered away from marking Cleverly.

  • 5 Ron Knee // Dec 27, 2015 at 9:34 AM


    But who appointed these useless people? He could sweep out the whole lot of them – including Carr – if he wanted to. He could hire people who know what they’re doing, but what’s the likelihood of that happening?

  • 6 Jib // Dec 27, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    The brooklyn geordie has it right , when Tiote is back to fitness he and Anita will combine well.
    Move Colback to left back start Thauvin and start moulding Dummett to be Colo’s replacement.
    In the particular game yesterday. SM in the second half when Everton started running out of steam , should have replaced either Perez or Mitro with SdJ.

  • 7 jimmysmith // Dec 27, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Yeah, while I wouldn’t be astonished if Ashley didn’t continue to spend, I’d be very surprised, because this squad doesn’t have the bottle to consistently battle away in the bottom third without capitulating soon enough, but it does have about two thirds of a more than decent side, a top eight side.

    It would be nuts to spend big based on youth, quality and promise in the way we have and then leave the job half finished. If it was just about staying up, we could have bought far more experienced and resilient players than we have for the 50 million, and been done with it.

  • 8 cyprus // Dec 27, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    From that point of view, you’re absolutely right: The buck stops here, as they say over at Ed’s end.

    You’re also probably right as I switched off the TV as the ball was going in. Did not patiently analyse that goal at all, so hats off 🙂

    well said all the way. Also agree on that Elliott, this guy is VERY good. On coming games, we could (or could not) take points from those teams. It’s a crazy PL, best in its history TBH. Hope we aren’t its victims, but lots of surprises coming up.

    Arsenal got thumped?!

  • 9 Lindisfarne // Dec 27, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    This year is nearly at an end but will the 24 months of relegation fodder be turned around?

  • 10 Rotonda heights // Dec 27, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    Yes it was cruel yesterday but let’s be honest have we improved at all under SM?

    The answer has to be an overwhelming no.
    Compared to AP and JC have any of the following gone away:-

    1) Long balls – check
    2) No pass and move – check
    3) Player in possession left isolated – check
    4) Players played out of possession – check
    5) Huge percentage of games surrendering possession, even when playing at home. – check
    6) favourites still played – check

    etc etc.

    We are as far away now from playing free flowing, exciting attacking pass and move football as we ever were.

    Selling Abeid and Kemen, alienating Aarons and to some degree Perez, appointing Colo as captain, playing Wijni (especially) out of position, not rescuing Janmatt from a red car at Swansea, the list of SM’s cock ups goes on and on.

    We are sleepwalking towards relegation. Nothing new is being tried like a 343 or 352. Our only tactic seems to be hit and hope to Mitro who right now couldn’t hit a barn door.

    The only plus I can find for SM is that he is not as vile a character as AP or JC, but even that is looking suspect with his endless judge me after 10 games, then 15, then end of the season comments!!

  • 11 nufc 11 // Dec 27, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    We badly badly needed a player that can take free kicks corners and can cross the ball the deliverys were league2 level good call by the club passing on resigning cabaye for 10million and signing thauvin for 13million brilliant that good work Mr Carr .

  • 12 mickalfas // Dec 27, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    As an nufc fan abroad ,was able to stream my first match at home .Download
    mobdrotv, hope it helps !!

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