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Newcastle Worse Off Than In Relegation Season In Every Way

8:11 am, Monday, February 15th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 11 Comments

In our relegation season after 26 games played we had 28 points and were in 14th place – so we were 4 points better off then than now and 4 places higher up in the league table.


Our goal difference in 2009 was -9 and it is -22 at the moment – the second worst in the division behind Aston Villa after the bottom side were thrashed 6-0 at home yesterday by Liverpool.

steve mcclaren man united at home

Steve McClaren – just a woeful record at Newcastle
Just the facts ma’am

Here are the positions in 2009 and today after 26 games played in the league.

Premier LeaguePlayed WonDrawnLostGFGAGDPoints
Premier LeaguePlayed WonDrawnLostGFGAGDPoints

We had 4 more points, we had lost four fewer games, scored 7 more goals and conceded 7 less goals.

The only stat that isn’t worse now than it was then is the games won – which in both cases is six.

The easy way to explain the four more points in 2009 at this time is that we drew four more games seven years ago and lost four less – so 4 more points.

However – wait for it – there may be some good news on the horizon.

Newcastle collapsed seven years ago in the final 12 games of the season and we picked up just 6 points – one win at home to Middlesbrough and three draws against Everton, Hull City and Stoke City.

So Newcastle can still get out of trouble this season but we need wins – wins are what could still save us.

Here’s hoping.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Prayer · Premier League

11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Fabricio - out of position - Coloccini // Feb 15, 2016 at 8:19 AM

    Well, this season is a strange one so let’s hope those figures doens’t automatically relegate us.
    I think we have to finish above Bournemouth and Norwich together with Villa.

  • 2 lochinvar // Feb 15, 2016 at 8:22 AM

    Ring-a-ring o’ roses,
    A team full of losers
    Apology, apology,
    We all Go down

  • 3 Lindisfarne // Feb 15, 2016 at 8:32 AM

    I was not impressed with Shteves appointment but was willing to wait and see, especially with the added benefit of new players and time to correct past mistakes throughout the club. However with the serious possibility of relegation, the only conclusion is that no improvement has actually occurred.

  • 4 magscar // Feb 15, 2016 at 8:39 AM


    Is the apoplexy really necessary? Ashley is to blame overall for our current problems. I believe he even said something about where the buck stops.

    Venturing the view that we have had bad times us not an excuse for him. I have come through bad club times before and God willing I will again. As an older contributor I post as such. I often do not find resonance with some of the younger bluster that goes on or the references to more modern idioms but it is a home for all NUFC fans if they wish – so each to their own.

    There really is no need to worry that my musings will taint the young warriors.

  • 5 Lindisfarne // Feb 15, 2016 at 8:43 AM

    I s the difference between a Head Coach and a Manager that once the players step onto the pitch they are on their own? Where as a Managers influence is more wide spread.

  • 6 nufc 11 // Feb 15, 2016 at 8:44 AM

    The truth is he hasn’t been able for the step up to pl. He has been out foxed tactically many a time. What convinced charnley that macca was not good enough for derby in the championship but he’d excel with nufc in pl. He was managing in the championship for a reason.I fear he will be there until the end whatever that turns out to be what has happened to British managers?

  • 7 yorkymag // Feb 15, 2016 at 8:50 AM

    Numbers numbers numbers
    Yes of course you are spot on
    However the start to the season gives me hope
    On current form say last 9 games we will be comfortably safe others are much worse than us at present even palace are not safe ,but Norwich and Swansea need a massive change in form
    I hate what is happening to our club ,but IMO we will be safe
    Games at Chelsea ,Liverpool even Stoke will not define our season
    Home games will and I think we have enough just

  • 8 hibbitt // Feb 15, 2016 at 8:51 AM

    no point in sacking Mcclown till Charnley and Carr are gone or the will just appoint another muppet no hoper

  • 9 magscar // Feb 15, 2016 at 8:52 AM

    At the risk of going back into history McClaren lost the dressing room at Boro and England (with good players) before reviving his CV at Twente. I had hoped the years had made him wiser and he may well be but he is not up to the task in front of him. Might have been if club had been settled but we have to deal with the NOW and it isn’t and he isn’t.

  • 10 Sav // Feb 15, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    Its not just the sacking of Macca which will remedy everything that is going wrong but who, at this time of year, you can find to take the club forward. Charnley will have to look up candidates on Wiki because he doesn’t know anyone in football or anything about it.

  • 11 Sav // Feb 15, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    Sacking Macca would be the easy part and you could sell tickets.

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