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With Setanta now collapsing, this close season is getting more and more difficult for Premier League clubs. Some of these problems, however, have been due to own ill-thought out decisions, meaning that the cost of relegation has become almost unbearable. Rob Freeman has been looking at Newcastle United’s relegation from the top flight and concludes…
The last day of the Premier League season will usually bring a last flurry of activity from the press, and last night they went into meltdown. The Guardian, for example, managed three articles on its Sport Blog page in the subject of Newcastle United’s relegation. By the time this has finished, we’ll have managed two…
It had been described as such all season, but it turned out that Newcastle United’s season wasn’t a soap opera after all. It was just an opera. Whilst soap operas usually offer comeuppance and redemption, operas can only offer the inevitability of the tragic ending. After nine months of trying to keep their heads above…
As we suspected all along, it has come down to the last day of the season. West Bromwich Albion had managed to postpone the hangman’s noose for a couple of weeks longer than many people had expected, but they finally fell through the trapdoor at The Hawthorns with a home defeat against Liverpool last weekend….
It has been a wretched season for the north-east of England. Newcastle United, Middlesbrough and Sunderland have all lurked near the bottom of the Premier League, and it remains uncertain whether Darlington will even get to start next season. Still, there is good news. Gateshead have won promotion into the Blue Square Premier through the…
When you don’t pay much attention to the Premier League, it becomes pretty easy for it to become a noise in the background. True enough, it’s a shrill, shrieking noise – the sound of a child in a supermarket after its mother has bought Ready Brek rather than Coco Pops – but it soon becomes…
For all of his talk about the steep learning curve involved in the difference between supporting a football club and managing a football club, the Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley doesn’t seem to have learnt very much over the last few months. When he first took control at St James Park, he installed Kevin Keegan…