If Newcastle fans feel this season is like deja vu – all over again – then they are right.
When we look back on the Mike Ashley years at Newcastle, we have had just one good season – that was with Alan Pardew in charge when we somehow managed to finish 5th in the Premier League back in 2012.
And that was the best we have had under owner Mike Ashley.
It’s the only time we have gained more than 50 points in the Premier League, and we ended up with 65 points and above Chelsea and Liverpool in the league.
We have come up from the Championship twice as Champions under Ashley, but those don’t count – we should never have been relegated in the first place.
Back in 2012, everything looked good, and it was five years since Ashley had taken over and Managing Director Derek Llambias even claimed the club had been successful in their five-year plan to have Newcastle back in Europe.
Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley
In those five years, we were relegated in 2009 and came straight back up under manager Chris Hughton, who was then sacked in December 2010 and in came Alan Pardew.
But then in the summer of 2012, Mike Ashley refused to strengthen the squad in both quality and quantity.
The next season we played 14 Europa League games, sustained multiple injuries and Ashley had to bring in five players in January 2013 to save us from relegation.
The next season was a decent one – but then Alan Pardew headbutted a Hull City player (David Meyler) at Hull in the game on March 1st, 2014 that we won 4-1 and things quickly disintegrated.
Pardew was suspended, and after being in a decent position earlier in the year, we lost seven of the last eight games but finished in the second best place under Ashley – in 10th position on 49 points.
Since 2014 it’s been downhill all the way as we suffered another relegation in 2016, came straight back up, but are now in another relegation scrap.
Four times in the last five Premier League seasons have seen Newcastle fighting relegation.
Here’s the updated record with Mike Ashley as the owner – it could never be said that Mike Ashley has done much good for Newcastle United – and that’s being polite and respectful.
|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|
Let’s hope Ashley will sell the club before the summer, although that may be looking dodgy if we cannot stay in the Premier League come May