2008–09 Newcastle United F.C. season

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Newcastle United
2008–09 season
Managing Director Chris Mort
Derek Llambias
Manager Kevin Keegan
Arthur Cox
Joe Kinnear
Alan Shearer
Chris Hughton (twice)
Colin Calderwood
Premier League 18th (relegated)
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Third Round
Top goalscorer League:
Michael Owen,
Obafemi Martins (8)
All:
Michael Owen (10)
Highest home attendance 52,114 (vs. Liverpool and Fulham)
Lowest home attendance 20,577 (vs Tottenham Hotspur)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2008–09 season was Newcastle United's 16th consecutive season in the top division of English football. This season saw the club relegated from the Premier League to the Championship, the first time the club had been relegated since 1989.

Things had looked reasonable for Newcastle at the start of the new season, but a major falling out between Kevin Keegan and the board saw Keegan resign as manager. This led to an awful run of form under caretaker manager Chris Hughton and the surprise appointment of Joe Kinnear was made to try to help the team out. A health scare saw Kinnear have to leave his office as manager in February. Under Hughton and Colin Calderwood, the club went on another horrible run of form as they were sucked deeper into the relegation battle. Ex-player Alan Shearer was appointed as a temporary manager for the last 8 matches of the season but he was only able to win one of these games and Newcastle were relegated.

Season summary[edit]

Keegan resigns[edit]

Kevin Keegan

In the summer transfer window, Newcastle United signed Jonas Gutierrez, Danny Guthrie, Sebastien Bassong and Fabricio Coloccini. There were also a number of departures from the first team, most notably that of James Milner to Aston Villa, whose departure was rumoured to have sparked disagreements between Keegan and the board, with Keegan claiming he was not consulted about his contract renewal.[1] Shortly after the Arsenal game in the opening 2009 season, Spanish under-21 international Xisco was unveiled at St. James Park by director of football Dennis Wise.[2]

On 1 September there were widespread media reports that Keegan had either resigned or been sacked. While these reports were revealed to be premature, Keegan did tender his resignation on 4 September, citing fury over a lack of control over transfers and interference from the board, reflecting upon the sale of James Milner and the arrival of Xisco, a player he claimed to have known nothing about.[3] Many Newcastle fans were furious with the perceived mistreatment of Keegan;[4] public anger was directed at owner Mike Ashley, executive director Dennis Wise, vice-chairman Tony Jimenez and chairman Derek Llambias, who were perceived to have forced Keegan out of the club.

Shortly after Keegan's departure, the League Managers Association warned Newcastle United to develop a structure which would satisfy the next manager to avoid a similar situation occurring again.[5] They also reported that Keegan would consider a return to the club should they develop a structure he would be happy with.[6] The club hit back at the allegations, claiming Keegan was aware of the structure when he joined. However, in December, following reports that Ashley was set to end his bid to sell United, it was reported that a legal battle was commencing between Ashley and Keegan,[7] with Ashley rumoured to be claiming damage to his public image and Keegan claiming for breach of contract, following backing from the League Managers Association.[8]

Joe Kinnear[edit]

Joe Kinnear in January 2009

Assistant manager Chris Hughton took over as caretaker manager for several weeks, during which Newcastle were eliminated from the League Cup by Tottenham Hotspur and lost all their league matches. On September 26 Hughton was replaced by Joe Kinnear as "interim manager". Kinnear's appointment proved completely unimpressive with the fans, and resulted in Kinnear profusely verbally abusing and swearing at the media upon his first media interview.[9] He then announced he would not speak to any national press again and would only speak with the local media. In his first two matches in charge Newcastle managed 2–2 draws with Everton and Manchester City, coming from behind both times (the latter with ten men).

In the last week of January, key players Shay Given and Charles N'Zogbia left, causing an already thin squad to lose more talent. Amongst ongoing criticism of the club board following Keegan's departure, Joe Kinnear managed 5 wins, 10 draws, and 11 losses, and talks opened between Joe Kinnear and the board as to whether he would consider a full-time position the following season. However, on 7 February, the club's torrid season took another major blow when Kinnear was admitted to hospital following heart problems, and Chris Hughton once again took charge of the team, this time with the help of Colin Calderwood. By the end of March, the club was struggling to find form and keep pace with the opposition. With scarce wins over the course of the season, the team now faced a relegation battle.

Alan Shearer[edit]

Alan Shearer

Keeping to his decision not to rush Kinnear back into his role too shortly after his surgery, Mike Ashley brought in club icon Alan Shearer to take over from Kinnear as the club's interim-manager on 1 April. As Shearer's appointment was announced, Dennis Wise resigned as director of football and the club announced there were no plans to replace him in the role. Shearer hired Iain Dowie as his assistant coach and began his reign as caretaker manager, losing 2-0 to Chelsea at St. James Park and drawing 1-1 away at Stoke City. After losing 1-0 to Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane and drawing 0-0 at home with Portsmouth, the club was plunged even deeper into the tight relegation fight. The ignominious 3-0 loss to title-chasing Liverpool at Anfield on 3 May, with Joey Barton being sent off on 77 minutes for a dangerous tackle, left the club in 19th place. Shearer recorded his first victory as manager on 11 May, defeating fellow strugglers Middlesbrough 3-1, lifting the club out of the relegation zone to 17th place on goal difference.

The feel-good factor did not last as, the following week, Newcastle slumped to a 1-0 home defeat to Fulham to fall back in the relegation zone with only the away game to Aston Villa left to play. This left the club needing to better the results of Hull City and Sunderland to avoid relegation. Despite Sunderland, Hull and Middlesbrough all losing their matches, Newcastle United were relegated to the Championship for the first time since 1993 after a 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa.

The club was then placed for sale by Ashley, who noted the club's terrible season following bad decisions on his part, which he believed led the club into major financial loss and constant criticism following relegation.[10] Ashley said "It has been catastrophic for everybody. I've lost my money and I've made terrible decisions. Now I want to sell it as soon as I can."[11] Newcastle released an official statement on the club's sale, including a press phone number and email address which was quickly made further public by the national press, although the address provided was merely for general enquiries. This resulted in a large number of hoax bids being sent, most of which were made by rival Sunderland supporters.[12] More controversy was once again caused by Dennis Wise, who claimed the club were still paying him £80,000 a month despite his departure in April, and claimed it was a factor in why Ashley was struggling to sell the club.[13]

Compensation to Keegan[edit]

On 2 October, a Premier League arbitration panel ruled in favour of Kevin Keegan on his dispute with the club.[14][15] The club confessed that they had lied to the media, public and staff, and that their correspondence on Keegan's departure was just "PR".[14] Keegan confirmed his delight at the outcome, stating he felt the £2 million pay-out + interest fully justified his departure and mistreatment by the club.[16] Dennis Wise announced to the press that he did not feel solely responsible for the situation that developed at the club, but yet did not wish to contradict or debate Keegan's accusations,[17] although he announced deep sorrow over the situation and felt his career has been left "in tatters".[18]

The panel ruled in Keegan’s favour, citing that player Ignacio González was signed by Dennis Wise against Keegan's wishes, but also against the principles of the generally understood role of a Premier League manager, which usually states the manager has the final decision on player signings. The panel revealed that Wise asked Keegan to review González from youtube.com, no more than 24 hours before the closing of the summer transfer window, from which Keegan refuted the player. The club revealed to the panel that Keegan had never been informed his word was not final and that they were not in a position to sack him should he not have agreed to their demands.[19]

Keegan rejected talk of a third return to the club, feeling the fans had "had enough",[20] leaving the role open for Chris Hughton to become full-time manager.

Team kit[edit]

The team kit for the 2008-09 season was produced by Adidas and Northern Rock remained as the main sponsor. The home kit remained the same for the season while the new away kit was revealed to the public on June 20, 2008.[21]

Managers[edit]

Chronological list of events[edit]

  • 16 July 2008: Robbie Elliott returned to the club to work as strength and conditioning coach alongside senior fitness coach, Mark Hulse.[31]
  • 30 July 2008: Sébastien Bassong came one step closer to being a Newcastle player when a fee was agreed between Newcastle United and FC Metz.[33]
  • 7 August 2008: Arthur Cox resigned as assistant manager and returned to his retirement from football.[34]
  • 2 September 2008: Kevin Keegan was rumoured to have resigned or been sacked as manager but official statements from the club later denied those speculations.[43]
  • 4 September 2008: Kevin Keegan resigned as manager after several days of discussions with the board.[44]
  • 14 September 2008: Mike Ashley announced his intention to sell club following a series of protests by Newcastle supporters angry at Kevin Keegan's departure.[48]
  • 28 November 2008: Joe Kinnear announced as manager until the end of the season.[56]
  • 28 December 2008: The sale of the club was called off by Mike Ashley.[58]
  • 27 March 2009: Peter Beardsley returned to Newcastle once again to coach players at the academy.[66]
  • 1 April 2009: Alan Shearer was announced as temporary manager,[67] to fill in for Kinnear until the end of the 2008-09 season.
  • 1 April 2009: Dennis Wise resigned from his post as Executive Director (Football) following Alan Shearer's appointment as temporary manager.[68]
  • 3 April 2009: Paul Ferris returned to the club to be part of Shearer's backroom staff working as physio.[70]
  • 26 May 2009: Alan Shearer was rumoured to be offered a new four-year deal by Newcastle United, becoming permanent manager of the team.[72]
  • 30 May 2009: Around 150 full and part-time employees of the club were expected to be laid off due to the relegation, including coach Colin Calderwood and Executive Director of Operations David Williamson.[73]
  • 31 May 2009: Mike Ashley reportedly put the club up for sale with a £100m price tag.[74]
  • 1 June 2009: A foreign-based group is believed to have talks regarding a £80m take over. Another group is also interested. Former chairman Freddy Shepherd is not involved with any of the groups so far.[75]
  • 8 June 2009: The club is officially put up for sale for £100m confirmed through a club statement.[76]
  • 12 June 2009: Several groups and consortiums are reported in talks with the club regarding a take over, including Singapore-based Profitable Group.[77]

Statistics[edit]

Appearances, goals and cards[edit]

(Substitute appearances in brackets)
No. Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Yellow card.svg Red card.svg
1 GK Republic of Ireland Shay Given 22 0 2 0 2 0 26 0 2 0
2 DF Argentina Fabricio Coloccini 34 0 2 0 2 0 38 0 5 0
3 DF Spain José Enrique 24+2 0 1 0 1 0 26+2 0 1 0
4 MF England Kevin Nolan 10+1 0 0 0 0 0 10+1 0 2 1
6 DF Brazil Caçapa 4+2 0 0 0 1 0 5+2 0 0 0
7 MF England Joey Barton 6+3 1 0 0 0 0 6+3 1 2 1
8 MF England Danny Guthrie 21+3 2 2 0 1 0 24+3 2 3 1
9 FW Nigeria Obafemi Martins 21+3 8 0 0 1 0 22+3 8 1 0
10 FW England Michael Owen (C) 21+7 8 2 0 1+1 2 24+8 10 0 0
11 MF Republic of Ireland Damien Duff 28+2 3 2 0 1 0 31+2 3 4 0
12 DF France Sébastien Bassong 26+4 0 2 0 2 0 30+4 0 3 2
13 GK England Steve Harper 16 0 0 0 0 0 16 0 0 0
14 MF France Charles N'Zogbia 14+4 1 2 0 2 0 18+4 1 2 0
15 MF Uruguay Ignacio González 0+2 0 0 0 0 0 0+2 0 0 0
16 MF England James Milner 2 0 0 0 1 1 3 1 0 0
16 DF England Ryan Taylor 8+2 0 0 0 0 0 8+2 0 4 0
17 FW England Alan Smith 4+2 0 0 0 0 0 4+2 0 2 0
18 MF Argentina Jonás Gutiérrez 23+7 0 1+1 0 1 0 25+8 0 7 0
19 FW Spain Xisco 3+2 1 1 0 0+1 0 4+3 1 0 0
20 MF Cameroon Geremi 11+4 0 0 0 2 0 13+4 0 2 0
21 DF Senegal Habib Beye 22+1 0 0 0 1 0 23+1 0 3 1
22 MF England Nicky Butt 33 0 2 0 2 0 37 0 9 1
23 FW Nigeria Shola Ameobi 14+8 4 0 0 0 0 14+8 4 1 0
24 FW Denmark Peter Løvenkrands 8+4 3 0 0 0 0 8+4 3 0 0
27 DF England Steven Taylor 25+2 4 1 0 1 0 27+2 4 6 0
28 DF Hungary Tamás Kádár 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
29 FW Italy Fabio Zamblera 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 DF Canada David Edgar 7+4 1 1 0 0+1 0 8+5 1 3 1
31 FW Netherlands Frank Wiafe Danquah 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
32 FW France Wesley Ngo Baheng 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
33 GK Sweden Ole Söderberg 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
34 GK England Fraser Forster 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
35 DF England Ben Tozer 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
36 FW Australia Mark Viduka 6+6 0 0 0 0 0 6+6 0 0 0
37 DF Republic of Ireland Callum Morris 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
38 MF Democratic Republic of the Congo Kazenga LuaLua 0+3 0 0+1 0 0 0 0+4 0 0 0
39 FW England Andy Carroll 5+9 3 1+1 0 0 0 6+10 3 2 0
40 GK Netherlands Tim Krul 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
41 MF England Mark Doninger 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
42 FW England Ryan Donaldson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
43 MF England Jonny Godsmark 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
44 MF England James Marwood 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
45 DF England Darren Lough 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
46 FW England Nile Ranger 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
47 MF Scotland Bradden Inman 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Starting formations[edit]

Formation League FA Cup League Cup Total
4-4-2 34 2 1 37
4-3-3 3 0 1 4
4-4-1-1 1 0 0 1

Captains[edit]

No. Pos. Name Starts
10 FW England Michael Owen 24
22 MF England Nicky Butt 16
13 GK England Steve Harper 1
1 GK Republic of Ireland Shay Given 1

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager England Alan Shearer
Assistant Manager Republic of Ireland Chris Hughton
First Team coach Scotland Colin Calderwood
Goalkeeping Coach England Paul Barron
Development Coach Scotland Willie Donachie
Reserve Team Coach England Alan Thompson
Chief scout England Arthur Cox

Last updated: 3 May 2011
Source: [1]

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos. Name From Fee
2 July 2008 MF Argentina Jonás Gutiérrez Spain RCD Mallorca Undisclosed[26] (exp. £2,000,000)[78]
11 July 2008 MF England Danny Guthrie England Liverpool Undisclosed[28] (exp. £2,500,000)[78]
30 July 2008 DF Cameroon Sébastien Bassong France FC Metz Undisclosed[33] (exp. £1,800,000)
15 August 2008 DF Argentina Fabricio Coloccini Spain Deportivo de La Coruña Undisclosed[35] (exp. £10,000,000)[78]
1 September 2008 FW Spain Xisco Spain Deportivo de La Coruña Undisclosed[42] (exp. £5,700,000)[78]
23 January 2009 FW Denmark Peter Løvenkrands Germany Schalke Free[60]
30 January 2009 MF England Kevin Nolan England Bolton Wanderers £4,000,000[62]
2 February 2009 DF England Ryan Taylor England Wigan Athletic Part-exchange for Charles N'Zogbia[79]
  • Total spending: Decrease ~ £26,000,000

Out[edit]

Date Pos. Name To Fee
10 June 2008 DF Czech Republic David Rozehnal Italy Lazio £2,900,000[80]
30 June 2008 DF England Peter Ramage England QPR Free[81]
30 June 2008 DF Republic of Ireland Stephen Carr England Birmingham City Free[82]
30 June 2008 MF Australia James Troisi Turkey Gençlerbirliği Free[83][84]
14 July 2008 MF Turkey Emre Turkey Fenerbahçe £3,800,000[30]
15 August 2008 DF Senegal Abdoulaye Faye England Stoke City £2,250,000[36]
29 August 2008 MF England James Milner England Aston Villa £12,000,000[39]
1 February 2009 GK Republic of Ireland Shay Given England Manchester City £5,900,000[63]
2 February 2009 MF France Charles N'Zogbia England Wigan Athletic Undisclosed (exp. £6,000,000) + Ryan Taylor[79]
  • Total income: Increase ~ £32,850,000

Loans in[edit]

Date Pos. Name From Expiry
1 September 2008 MF Uruguay Ignacio González Spain Valencia 2009-06-30[41]

Loans out[edit]

Date Pos. Name To Expiry
1 October 2008 GK England Fraser Forster England Stockport County 1 November 2008[85]
21 November 2008 GK Netherlands Tim Krul England Carlisle United 21 January 2009[86][87]
2 February 2008 FW Italy Fabio Zamblera Italy Sampdoria 30 June 2009[88]
26 March 2009 MF Democratic Republic of the Congo Kazenga LuaLua England Doncaster Rovers 4 May 2009[89]

Competitions[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss

Pre-season[edit]

Match 1 2 3 4 5 6
Result 4-1 0-1 0-1 0-1 2-2 2-1

League[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
Result 1-1 1-0 0-3 1-2 1-3 0-2 2-2 2-2 1-2 2-1 2-0 1-2 2-2 0-0 0-0 2-2 3-0 2-1 1-2
Position 11th 4th 9th 15th 19th 19th 18th 19th 19th 19th 14th 18th 17th 18th 17th 17th 14th 12th 12th
Round 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Result 1-5 2-2 0-3 1-2 1-1 3-2 0-0 0-1 1-2 1-1 1-3 0-2 1-1 0-1 0-0 0-3 3-1 0-1 0-1
Position 14th 11th 14th 16th 15th 13th 14th 15th 16th 16th 18th 18th 18th 19th 18th 18th 17th 18th 18th

FA Cup[edit]

Match 1 2
Result 0-0 0-1

League Cup[edit]

Match 1 2
Result 3-2 1-2

Matches[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Premier League[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

League Cup[edit]

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