We are looking back at our records, and there were only three times in Mike Ashley’s reign that Newcastle have done better than what Rafa Benitez has achieved over the last couple of seasons in the Premier League.
We had 44 points last year and 45 points in the season just ended finishing 10th and 13th respectively.
One obvious time we did a lot better was when we finished in 5th place in 2012 with Alan Pardew as the manager.
But that stands out as the only time that Newcastle have excelled and been in the top 9 in the Premier League under Ashley in his 12 long and painful years at Newcastle.
Newcastle in decline – it’s no laughing matter
The other two times were when we had 46 points in the first season back from relegation in 2010-2011 – the season that Ashley and Chairman Derek Llambias sacked Chris Hughton in December 2010.
In 2014 we finished with 49 points and could have done so much better but lost seven of the last eight games in that season.
That’s when Pardew head-butted a Hull City player (David Meyler) on the touchline on March 1st, and was banned for seven games by a Football Association disciplinary panel, and fined £100K by Newcastle immediately.
There were headlines around the world about that and it was not complimentary to Newcastle United FC.
Here’s how we have performed in every season under Mike Ashley.
|Premier Season||Position||Number of Points|
|2008-2009||18||34 - relegated|
|2009-2010||1 (Championship)||102 - promoted|
|2012-2013||16||41 - fighting relegation|
|2014-2015||15||39 - fighting relegation|
|2015-2016||18||37 - relegated|
|2016-2017||1 - (Championship)||94 - promoted|
|2017-2018||10||44 - fighting relegation|
|2018-2019||13||45 - fighting relegation|
|2019-2020||13||After 30 games - 38 points|
So what does this tell us?
- We’ve done almost nothing in 12 years under Ashley – reached Europe once and been relegated twice
- Rafa Benitez deserves even more credit for what he’s done in the short threes years he’s been performing his magic on Tyneside
The conclusion – sign this man up this week and cut out the nonsense that’s caused Newcastle to have such a dismal record and be in decline since Ashley bought the club in May 2007.
That’s just one month after this blog was created.
Sorry about that.