Poor Start This Season Has People Looking Back To Ruud Gullit

I was wrong when I said yesterday this was the worst start to Premier League ever – it’s only the joint worst ever.

How soon we forget.

In the 1999-2000 season, Newcastle also went five games with one point losing that famous 5th league game at home to Sunderland.

That’s when manager Ruud Gullit had dropped Alan Shearer for the game and we lost 2-1 in the pouring rain.

Chairman Freddy Shepherd fired Ruud Gullit after the game.

We then lost 5-1 at Manchester United before the great Sir Bobby Robson came on board.

In his first game, we lost 1-0 at Chelsea before hammering Sheffield Wednesday 8-0 at St. James’ Park in Bobby’s debut at home as the Newcastle United manager.

Alan Shearer scored five goals and the recovery was underway.

Ruud Gullit – with an unhappy Alan Shearer on the bench
That’s Duncan Ferguson below Alan

That was one point from the first seven games but it’s worth pointing out that Sir Bobby had us in 12th place with 52 points at the end of the season.

We’d take 52 points this season and that would be an 8 point improvement on last season.

It’s the first time in 30 years that we have lost three successive home matches.

We now have Rafa Benitez on board as manager and he was cool and collected after the game. yesterday

But we have to remember that in our first five league games we have played four top six sides Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester City, and Arsenal and lost by the narrow score of 2-1 to each of them.

The manager is pointing this out and we don’t want to go too overboard on the negativity,

Our next two games are at Crystal Palace and at home to Leicester City and we hope for our first win then.

It’s hard to take when we are immediately third bottom of the league this season and could go even lower after today’s games.

But let’s keep the faith and we can still do well this season.

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19 comments so far

  • lochinvar

    Sep 16, 2018 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #1

    Don’t look back in anger

  • Optimistic Panda

    Sep 16, 2018 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #2


    Beardsley being Beardsley.

    3rd goal and probably my fave from Pedro.


  • Optimistic Panda

    Sep 16, 2018 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #3


    I always though Guillit quit

    I was under the impression he’d lost the dressing room and quit because of it, didn’t he leave without a penny.

  • sing in the corner

    Sep 16, 2018 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #4

    Aye OP…I think Freddie said he was gonna fire him but Gullit jumped before he had the chance, saving us a pay off.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Sep 16, 2018 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #5

    I’m also sure he left without taking any money although he could have done. He also left some scathing remarks about Shearer and Sheppherd which seem to be quite accurate looking back.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Sep 16, 2018 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #6


    That’s how I remember it, sure Shepard said Guillit did the honourable thing and didn’t want a pay off.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Sep 16, 2018 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #7


    We’ve had some real quality players over the years Gazza Shearer Beardsley Ginola Robert Asprilla but if I had the choice of having one of those players back now to play in Rafas side it would undoubtedly be Beardsley.

    Amazing talent a hard worker and not scared to stick his head or foot into any challenge.

    Who would you choose?

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Sep 16, 2018 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #8

    I posted a couple of years ago saying Mourinho and Benitez need to show they are able to change their formation and style otherwise they’ll be left behind. Anything that can’t adapt to change becomes extinct. When they came out their style was relatively new and they were amongst the best in the world, but many great managers get left behind when new tactics come out. Look at all the pre-premier league managers like George Graham and Howard Wilkinson and maybe even Clough or Keegan. Fergusson was the best because he knew this and changed his tactics every couple of years. I think Benitez and Mourinho are going to stick with what they know until they become pundits, if they’re lucky things will come full circle and their style will once again be the best way to play. But in the meantime, Rafa can make us a solid team, especially in defence, and maybe somebody else can come along in a few years and build our attack and use his defence. I’m disappointed he couldnt adapt his style to include Mitro who is possibly the best striker of his style under 24. I’m also not optimistic we will bring through a youth while Benitez is here, defensive managers rarely do.

    Anyway, we’ve played most the top teams mostly without our two key players. Hopefully our confidence isn’t dented and we can go on a run like Palace did after they had a similar run of fixtures last spring.

  • jarra mick

    Sep 16, 2018 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #9

    Rafa would never do the honourable thing, the only reason he’s still here is the fact that he would need to pay £5million to break his contract

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 16, 2018 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #10

    You’ve got plenty of time to spare when it comes to venting your spleen about Rafa. Why not spend the next week thinking of a suitable replacement for him. You’ll have to take in to account that Ashley has never hired a previously employed manager and when mentioning that nobody thought Benitez would come you also have to take in to account that until he arrived it wasn’t totally laid bare, the complete lack of backing a manager is likely to get as Pardew kept schtum and Mclaren had 80M lavished on him. Also bear in mind that not everyone is a Pochetino, do you remember OGS?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 16, 2018 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #11

    jarra mick,
    You are a mackem troll, I’ve seen your comments on BBC football.

  • kimbo

    Sep 16, 2018 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #12

    When Gullit left we had decent players but now we have substandard players so no hope.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Sep 16, 2018 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #13

    Any of those plyers would do. We could do with one player with a bit magic to offer us something different. Gazza would be my choice. Ben Arfa should have been signed. He can change any game, unlock any defence, and even if he’s off form the other team need to make sure he is marked.

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 16, 2018 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #14

    Jail what do u make of what Mike Williamson says??

  • jarra mick

    Sep 16, 2018 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #15

    Can’t believe how deluded some of our fans are, we could finish the season on 1 point and continue playing shocking football and they’d still be singing Rafas name and blaming Ashley. Also calling true supporters Mackem Trolls cod they dare to have an opinion.

  • Bladey

    Sep 16, 2018 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #16

    The next Mike Williamson
    What you on about somebody can Come
    along in a couple of years and build our attack
    First Rafa cannot make that defence solid they are crap
    Second Rafa will not be here in a couple of years he will be gone by the end of the season
    And hopefully the sooner the better
    Your just like most of the rest on here YOU bury your head in the sand until it’s to late
    Waffle on about the next game then the next until it hits you in the face that there are 10 games left and we are adrift in the bottom three
    Sick to death of your delusional thoughts
    Wake up you muppet

  • Optimistic Panda

    Sep 16, 2018 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #17

    The bus left 10mins ago

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Sep 16, 2018 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #18

    Gullit had plenty of players worse than Joselu. Maric, Domi, maybe Paul Dalglish, Hamilton, Serrant. Sure those lot were getting games under Gullit.

  • kimbo

    Sep 16, 2018 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #19

    The next demonstration needs to be in the ground, giving full support to the players is making no difference to the results so let the maggot see some true hatred of his tenure.


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