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Newcastle Disastrous Season Ends In Relegation

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As it turns out we needed just one point from our last two games to secure survival, but such was the incompetence of this Newcastle team, that they couldn’t even score a goal and were beaten by Fulham 1-0, at home mind you, and  in front of a sell-out 52,000 fans – and today – as we had half expected – we were beaten by an out of form Aston Villa side.

You cannot say we haven’t deserved this, and we shouldn’t blame anybody else but ourselvces, becasue this has been brough onto the club by gross mismanagement and ineptitude.

I am no novice in running a sizable busioneses – having built a $1B  business at IBM in network consulting, that morphed into 2B, whne we then combined withger another netweorking goprupo within the companyjust 7 years ago.

The upper management of the club has been a complete and utter disaster – and that’s putting it lightly.

As it turns out, in our last 13 games we had one win and four draws and a meager 7 points and form like that should end up in relegation.

And in Alan’s time in charge – 8 games we got just 5 points and in 6 of those games, including the last two, we couldn’t even score.

So out go Owen, Martins, Viduka, Cacapa, Coloccini, Gutierreza, Xisco, Barton, Enrique, and there’s no way Bassong will stgay on Tyneside now.

If this had been done to a business it’s like taking over a fairly healthy business and in 2 short years being so incompetant as to send the business into bankruptcy, and it has absolutely nothing at all to do with the world wide recesssion currently ongoing.  Newcastle didn’t need a recession to implode.

If this had happened at IBM, whwre I spent 34 years, heads would have rolled long before now.

What happens with the club now, we have no idea, but there are throusands and thousands of unhappy and angy Newcastle fans and their frustration and anger is completely justified because the club has screwed them once again – this time big time.

We cannot see Ashley being able to keep the club, even though he wants to – and there will surely be calls for him to sell the club before we are relegated again.

It was an own goal from Damien Duff on 38 minutes that sealed our fate – but in truth our fate had been sealed by some of the most inept displays, ever seen by a Newcastle United side in the top flight.

We cannot complain and we cannot and shouldn’t blame anybody else, because Manchester United did their job and beat Hull City, but then again they always do.

This is a sad sad day in the history of Newcastle United and we’ll surely now have to clear the decks of some rubbish we have right now masquerading in black and white stripes.

45 comments so far

  • ObaFan2

    May 24, 2009 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #1

    Thanks owner of NUFC for all you help and assistance for making this possible.

    Without your help and leadership this would not have been possible!

  • Girth

    May 24, 2009 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #2

    …….and deserved!
    Can I just take this opportunity Ed to thank you for your work on this site, if I want to know anything about NUFC this is the first place I come. Your dedication has been admirable and all I can say is go and enjoy the rest of your retirement!
    And as for NUFC, ill be there first game of the season, who cares what division we are in!
    All the best everyone!

  • Anon 878

    May 24, 2009 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #3

    Let’s blow off the steam today and rebuild tomorrow. Heads in the drink tonight, high in the air in the morning, though most of us will be hung over.

    This is just another chapter, let’s get the pages turned as quickly as possible. I’m gutted, but ready to see what happens next.

    Now I just have to figure out how to watch the Toon in the U.S.

    NUFC until I die.

  • Zangwill_Ho

    May 24, 2009 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #4

    Why don’t use spiderman in this game!!??

  • hitman

    May 24, 2009 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #5

    this club will never move forward with ashley he needs to sell up,my worry is he will asest strip it before selling,GUTTED

  • ObaFan2

    May 24, 2009 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #6

    Yes Ed, THANKS A MILLION, you have been absolutely fantastic and like my name I think we’ll both be retiring from this blog.

    I hope you have a change of heart Ed but again THANKS MILLIONS for the last couple of years bloggin.

  • Ville-E

    May 24, 2009 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #7

    It’s a disgrace but that’s exactly what we needed. The players didn’t show they wanted to stay up. What a feeling.. Just can’t believe it.

    Thanks ED for everything! I’ll miss your blog.

  • Laziale

    May 24, 2009 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #8

    Anon 878 you will die, but you never can see NUFC in premier league hgahghghga

  • Toon_Factor

    May 24, 2009 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #9

    Officially the worst day of my life!!!!!!!

  • Jan Stavik

    May 24, 2009 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #10

    Another awful display by the weakest Toon-side for a decade. We fully deserve to be playing in the CCC next year.

    If we play Harper, Edgar, Butt and Ameobi we’ll not be in the Premiership for some years…

  • beyethegreat

    May 24, 2009 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #11

    im gutted but at least we still have a club the likes of southampton and darlo may not next season

    i would like to thank ed for the site also i would also like to say how good was our away fans today they were brilliant they are the only thing that is currently keepeing the pride of the club

  • Gilly

    May 24, 2009 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #12


    I would like to second the comment from Girth..the site has been my lifeline from Baghdad.
    you learn and hear more than has ever come frm the mouths of the glorious leaders of our clud regardless of their sangine comments about making mistakes and wanting to communicate more…..

  • roscoe

    May 24, 2009 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #13

    I’ll be there come august screaming for the TOON…. Howay the ‘new’ Lads!

  • Davy Craig

    May 24, 2009 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #14

    Well, I’ve started thinking about getting new decent seats for my whole family rather than having my kids up in Level 7. There will be plenty of players, backroom staff that need to go and hopefully the ridiculous fans that complained for years (even when we were playing unbelievable football 13 years ago and when Bobby Robson was at the helm) will either wake up and start supporting the team or simply go.

    We are at the start of a new generation of football at Newcastle and we need to build again in every area.

    We need stability and the youngsters need brought through as well instead of relying on ageing players at the end of their careers.

    Roll on the Championship!

    Howay the lads.

  • Gilly

    May 24, 2009 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #15

    *club even

  • Toon1978

    May 24, 2009 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #16

    I remember a NUGGET on here a while back talking about Ashley running the club and painting a rusty bus red. “YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE” well look at the f…..g state of the club now, look at what Ashley has done to our beloved club, Geordie’s LOVE their football and its like snatching away their true love. Our club is finished we would of been better off with Freddy Shepard. Ashley,Owen,Viduka,Nolan,Butt,Coloccini and a host of others need to hang their head in shame. YOU HAVE RUINED OUR CLUB BECAUSE OF YOUR GREED AND LACK OF PASSION FOR OUR CLUB. We have been swindled by a f…..g conman in Ashley i could rip his throat out. NUFC………R.I.P.

  • Toon_Factor

    May 24, 2009 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #17

    Team for next year

    _______________ Harper____________




  • hitman

    May 24, 2009 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #18

    we all want to be worried with what ashleys next move is over the coming weeks,coz ashley will do what is best for him not whats best for newcastle united,make no mistake about it.

  • Hugh de Payen

    May 24, 2009 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #19

    Hitman, you’re right.

  • Anon 878

    May 24, 2009 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #20

    What are the other blogs that are starting up? And are there links yet?

  • Toon1978

    May 24, 2009 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #21

    The club is full of CONMEN out to fill their own pockets. I HATE ASHLEY AND HIS FOLLOWERS and i hate the players for what they have done to our club.

  • Hugh de Payen

    May 24, 2009 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #22

    Don’t know about you lot but I’m going out to get utterly bollocksed in a minute.

  • roscoe

    May 24, 2009 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #23

    Team Next Year:
    Beye Taylor Bassong Kadar
    Lua Lua Guthrie Vukic Loven
    _____Ranger Carrol

  • apanzhafran

    May 24, 2009 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #24

    No point to turn and look back now, its time to move forward, im deeply wounded by this but im confident we bounce back

    Our Squad for the championship 2009/2010,

    13 Goalkeeper Steve Harper
    16 Defender Ryan Taylor
    22 Midfielder Nicky Butt
    23 Forward Shola Ameobi
    24 Forward Peter Løvenkrands
    27 Defender Steven Taylor
    28 Defender Tamás Kádár
    30 Defender David Edgar
    31 Forward Frank Wiafe Danquah
    32 Forward Wesley Ngo Baheng
    33 Goalkeeper Ole Söderberg
    34 Goalkeeper Fraser Forster
    35 Defender Ben Tozer
    37 Defender Callum Morris
    38 Midfielder Kazenga LuaLua
    39 Forward Andy Carroll
    40 Goalkeeper Tim Krul
    41 Midfielder Mark Doninger
    42 Forward Ryan Donaldson
    43 Midfielder Jonny Godsmark
    44 Midfielder James Marwood
    45 Defender Darren Lough
    46 Forward Nile Ranger
    47 Defender Bradden Inman

    36 Forward Mark Viduka
    3 Defender José Enrique
    4 Midfielder Kevin Nolan
    17 Forward Alan Smith
    21 Defender Habib Beye
    8 Midfielder Danny Guthrie
    11 Midfielder Damien Duff
    12 Defender Sébastien Bassong

    2 Defender Fabricio Coloccini
    9 Forward Obafemi Martins
    10 Forward Michael Owen (captain)
    18 Midfielder Jonás Gutiérrez
    19 Forward Xisco
    20 Midfielder Geremi
    6 Defender Caçapa
    7 Midfielder Joey Barton

    POSSIBLE FIRST 11 for next season


    D.Lough S.Taylor Edgar T.Kadar

    R.Taylor Lua-Lua Butt Lovekrands

    Nile Ranger Caroll

  • Big Dave

    May 24, 2009 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #25

    lads i think we will know for sure what will be happening with our club by tuesday, i think if As is staying we will know by then, and he wont stay unless he has been guaranteed what is needed to bring us back

  • Martins9

    May 24, 2009 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #26

    Its the start of a new era lets be positive.

    Personally I can’t wait for Ranger, Lua Lua and Vukic to fire us back into the Premiership.

  • Mags

    May 24, 2009 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #27

    I am numb at the moment as grim reality sets in.

    It is not as though we were not expecting it truth be known, our players are simply not good enough and we got what we deserved. That does not stop it being painful though.

    Just want to say thanks Ed for all your endeavours, I can feel your pain in every word you have written.

    Please do not stop the blog just yet, could you manage a few more days?

  • ObaFan2

    May 24, 2009 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #28

    hitman, ur right , our owner needs to go and sooner the better, as for having a drink…. umm may well have a pint or three.

    Gotta say some bloggers on here have been great, as we move into the 2nd division we’ll all leave this blog behind but not NUFC.

    Cheers all 🙂

  • Soren

    May 24, 2009 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #29

    Thanks for the blog Ed, shame it has to end like this. Have been enjoying this site since the start, and I’m gutted to have it along with Newcastles premier league status taken from me. Again thanks

    Howay Ed!
    Howay the Toon!

  • Laziale

    May 24, 2009 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #30

    You are not for championship league,you are for league 2 ghaghahggah

  • Big Dave

    May 24, 2009 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #31

    Laziale and what ??

  • Laziale

    May 24, 2009 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #32

    think Big Dave…….think…..if you can

  • Wigaz

    May 24, 2009 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #33

    Well cant say i’m surprised with the outcome. I will take this opportuinity to thank you Ed for a fantastic blog over the past few painful years. You are a legend mate. I was at a talk in with beardo a few months ago & he said we had some fantastic kids in the reserves, now we’ll see em week in week out. Team next season.

    STaylor Captain.


    In: Fat Fred. Gets us up.

  • Dan_008

    May 24, 2009 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #34

    Sh*t happens! deal with it and move on..

    This all started with Shepard sack Sir Bobby Robson, since then the club has never been the same. and if i ever See shepard I will Knock him out!

    Ashley is a Muppet for not fixing it sooner… and the over paid players who have shown no heart at all I cant wait to see them leave.. esp Owen overpaid Muppet!!

    And Laziale get a grip and life dude!! You sad excuse for a wart!

    Thanks Ed I hardly say anything on here, but I always look on here for updates everyday, and will continue to do so..

  • neeraj

    May 24, 2009 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #35


    sorry that u have to sign off, this way…..


    hope shearer stays, the guy is the most honest man i’ ve seen in this game……

  • Aussie Toon

    May 24, 2009 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #36

    i can safely say this is the worst day of my life, i am hoping that the administration rumours are a load of shite and well bounce straight back up but with the team we have and the players we will lose i am not so sure.
    good riddance to owen, collocini, geremi, smith, butt etc lets build up from scratch and i hope that some of our players will be loyal..i wish more players would come out and say they will stay but i think we may have to be content with our below par squad to take us back up.
    living in australia it will be hard to see any games so i am absolutely gutted but i will be 100% behind newcastle as i hope we all will be..all i can say is i hope ashley gets the f**k out of newastle and a worthy owner takes his place who is commited to buying the best players and backing the best manager.
    we have also had rough luck, yes we would not have gotten ourselves into this mess but a point against fulham is the least we deserved and that would have kept us up.
    there is no point in looking back now, all we can do is look forward to getting back in the premiership again and getting rid of the dead wood.
    thanks ed for the effort you have put into this blog and i wish it could continue…
    ill see you all at st james next season and i hope we will still have 52000 cheering the team on..

  • BT9MAG

    May 24, 2009 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #37

    I have a few things to say – the first being that Michael Owen is complete and utter scum! That shower of s@@t that he passes off as football is a disgrace and I hope I never see him wearing an England shirt again in his life!

    Shearer got it wrong today in my opinion – Gutierrez has no end product but he has running, grit, flair and creativity – he is the playmaker we needed but he is a cog that would work wonderfully if we had someone for him to spark off!

    Ed, this blog has ruined my life over the past 2 years! I have spent more time on here than I have doing pretty much anything else, but that is testament to you’re stunning efforts and commitment! I wish you all the best for the rest of your retirement and please, please, please – have a lie in!!!

    I support Newcastle United, I am black and white and I always will be, Toon till I die!

  • apanzhafran

    May 24, 2009 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #38

    Wigaz u want us to be another leeds by taking FAT FRED? U must be joking, his a complete muppet like ashley

  • nufcc

    May 24, 2009 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #39

    Appropriate ending to the season. We deserved what ever we got. Nothing left to do but to blame ashely and the team. Dont want to point fingers at anyone in particular but the team as a whole was poor. It cannot be one mans fault everyone in the team played poorly all season. We have great fan support, and hopefully that will prevent us from pulling a leeds. Everything has positives to it. People usually stay happier when they take the positves of things and sleep on it. Hopefully our reserves wont have to fight next year to come back to premier league. Reserves wont be good enough. We need fresh, hungry players and hopefully next season we will have more to cheer about than this one. Players out: Cacapa(old/useless). Viduka, martins(not worth the wages), owen (free, good player needs service hopefully he will prove people wrong where ever he goes, good luck), butt(useless), jonas and colo(good players not for english football), Ameobi(just cuz) . Players to keep even though people might think other wise. Barton (will be a world beater in championship, team doing well will keep him on track, shearer, if he stays manager will have to work with him for the good of the team.) Smith(committed player will come thru for us in DM role.) Xisco(give him a chance. please.)

  • inselaffe

    May 24, 2009 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #40

    how depressing…


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