2009–10 Newcastle United F.C. season

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Newcastle United
2009–10 season
Managing Director Derek Llambias
Manager Chris Hughton
Stadium St James' Park
The Championship 1st (102 points, promoted)
FA Cup Fourth Round
League Cup Third Round
Top goalscorer League:
Andy Carroll,
Kevin Nolan (17)
All:
Andy Carroll (19)
Highest home attendance 52,181
(v Ipswich Town)
Lowest home attendance 15,805
(v Plymouth ArgyleFA Cup)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2009/2010 season was the first time Newcastle United had played in the Championship, following relegation after 16 consecutive years in the Premier League. In the 2009/10 season, they won promotion back to the top division.

Following the club's relegation the team's pre-season had been dominated by uncertainty over manager, owner and the players. By the time the season began caretaker manager Chris Hughton was put in charge, and his position was made permanent in October. Despite a blip in October, the club spent almost all of its season in the top 3 in the division and some blistering home results saw Newcastle automatically promoted by Easter. They confirmed their promotion as winners of the entire division two weeks later, with the club registering 102 points.

Season summary[edit]

The club spent the majority of the pre-season searching for a new owner,[1] and by the start of the season, no successful attempt was made to sell the club, and no players signings were made.[2] Players Obafemi Martins, Sébastien Bassong, Habib Beye, David Edgar, Damien Duff, Michael Owen, Peter Lovenkrands and Mark Viduka, all departed the club.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]

Alan Shearer announced he was unsure whether he would be continuing as manager due to lack of contact from the club.[11]

Tributes to Sir Bobby Robson at St James' Park

An emotional distraction from the club's situation occurred when Sir Bobby Robson died on 31 July 2009,[12] uniting the world of football in tributes to the manager who was fondly remembered by Newcastle United fans as well the many other clubs he managed in his time,[13] including the national side. St. James Park proved to be the leading tribute for Sir Bobby Robson as tributes of flowers, messages and grievances were laid among the stadium.[13] The season went underway managerless with some players futures at the club still in jeopardy, but achieving a draw with West Bromwich Albion F.C. on the opening day of the championship,[14] and a 3-0 victory over Reading, as Shola Ameobi scored and dedicated his hat-trick to the late Sir Bobby Robson.[14]

Several takeover bids were revealed, yet none prevailed. United however continued a bright opening start to the season with 6 games unbeaten at the top of the table,[15][16] and caretaker boss Chris Hughton collect the manager of the month prize for the championship.[17] The transfer window closed without full time players signed, although Lovenkrands decided to rejoin on the final day of the transfer window,[18] but Hughton was granted permission to sign players on loan, acquiring Danny Simpson from Manchester United,[19] and Zurab Khizanishvili from Blackburn.[20] Later in the year he signed Marlon Harewood on loan from Aston Villa,[21] and Fabrice Pancrate on a free transfer.[22]

Chris Hughton[edit]

After Kevin Keegan ruled out another return to Newcastle, Chris Hughton became the club's permanent manager on 27 October 2009. He expressed his honour and delight at the role and felt challenged by the aim to take united back to the premier league.[23] Simultaneously, Ashley once again withdrew the club from sale after again claiming he had been unsuccessful in finding a suitable buyer for the club, despite reducing his asking price to £80m, also announcing he held deep regret over buying the club.,[24][25] the club confirmed he would invest more money into the club's debt and would work on re-branding the stadium name.[26] Derek Llambias confirmed that St.James Park would not be completely renamed, but linked with a notable sponsorship deal.[27] Fan protests however continued on Ashley upon the club's home win against Peterborough F.C, with banners and chants being demonstrated against his plans before, during and after the match.[28]

Jonás Gutiérrez is presented with Player of the Month in April 2010

The squad however continued to produce good results, and by mid December had established a 7 point lead on top of the championship table, producing 7 wins back to back; the first of which the club has produced since 1996 under Keegan.[29] The club still remained top of the league as of January 2010 and had an impressive Peter Lovenkrands hat-trick in a 3-0 win over Plymouth in the FA cup.,[30] but following a loss to title rivals West Bromwich Albion, the club were knocked out of the competition.[31] The January transfer window saw Marlon Harewood returned to parent club Aston Villa following an injury,[32] Hughton moving to strengthen the club's defence by signing Danny Simpson permanently,[33] Fitz Hall from QPR[34] defender Mike Williamson from Portsmouth F.C,[35] and defender Patrick Van Aanholt on a months loan from Chelsea F.C.[36] He also signed QPR winger Wayne Routledge.[37] A bid for Crystal Palace striker Victor Moses was unsuccessful as he opted to move to premier league team Wigan Athletic F.C.,[38][39] and failed to sign Jermaine Beckford from Leeds United, nor Sol Campbell on a free deal who ironically announced expressed interest.[40] The final transfer saw Coventry City striker Leon Best join the club on a 3 and a half year deal.[41]

In March 2010, Kevin Nolan was named the championship player of the year in the Football League Awards.[42]

Newcastle players celebrate the club's promotion in 2010

Worries of the club's promotion ambitions began to surface following allegations of Steven Taylor and Andy Carroll being involved in a fight at the club's training ground,[43] with both said to have been hospitalised following the incident. Carroll returned to the squad the following day to score the winner against Doncaster Rovers F.C., and despite leaving hospital the following day also, after surgery, Taylor was confirmed to miss the rest of the season, despite being in the final stages of recovery from a knee injury, with rumours of also suffering a broken jaw.[44]

The club however secured promotion back to the premier league on 5 April 2010 following Nottingham Forest F.C. only managing a 0-0 draw with Cardiff City F.C., leaving the club indefinitely finishing in the top 2 of the table.[45] Although a win against Sheffield United that evening would have secured the promotion for the club nonetheless, the club defeated the Sheffield 2-1 and manager Chris Hughton celebrated with a promotion party after the match with the players celebrating with the fans.[46]

Newcastle United won the Championship League Trophy on 19 April 2010 following a 2-0 victory at Plymouth Argyle F.C..[47]

The club finished the final games of the season with a 2-2 draw with Ipswich at St. James Park and a final day 1-0 away win at QPR. The final league table saw Newcastle breaking the 100 points barrier, winning 30 league games, drawing 12, and losing only 4.[48]

Team kit[edit]

The team kit for the 2009–10 season is produced by adidas and Northern Rock will remain as the main sponsor.[49] During the season Northern Rock signed a new contract but dissatisfaction with Mike Ashley saw adidas termiante their deal after 15 years as sponsors. Puma became Newcastle's new kit makers at the end of the season.

Chronological list of events[edit]

  • 3 June 2009: Newcastle United and Middlesbrough were given byes into the second round of the League Cup.[50]
  • 11 June 2009: Singapore-based Profitable Group declared an interest in acquiring Newcastle United.[51]
  • 17 June 2009: The Championship 2009–2010 season fixtures were announced.[52]
  • 19 June 2009: Four unidentified groups progressed to the due diligence phase in the bid to take over the club. Neither Profitable Group or the consortium involving Freddy Shepherd were amongst them.[53]
  • 22 June 2009: Newcastle unveil new yellow striped away kit.[54]
  • 11 July 2009: Newcastle's first Pre-Season Friendly sees them thrash Irish side Shamrock Rovers 3-0 on their home turf.
  • 13 July 2009: Newcastle's planned pre-season match on 26 July against FC Utrecht was cancelled, following concerns raised by the Mayor of Amsterdam regarding both Newcastle and Sunderland visiting the Netherlands at the same time[56]
  • 21 July 2009: The Magpies win their third friendly in a row beating Huddersfield Town 2-1.
  • 25 July 2009: Newcastle suffer probably their most humiliating friendly defeat losing 6-1 at League 1 side Leyton Orient, some newspapers then say that they're going down again.
  • 28 July 2009: Profitable Group stated they had no further interest in buying the club, citing "a lack of communication and response" from Mike Ashley.[57]
  • 31 July 2009: Newcastle United mourned the passing of former manager Sir Bobby Robson, who died following a long battle with cancer.[58]
  • 2 August 2009: Newcastle unveiled new black and blue striped third kit.[59]
José Enrique prepares to throw to Nicky Butt, December 2009
  • 8 August 2009: Newcastle's first match of the season sees Damien Duff earn a 1-1 draw at West Brom who were also relegated in what proved to be the Irishman's last game for the club.
  • 18 August 2009: Derek Llambias stated that Barry Moat had "stepped up his interest" in regards to a possible £100 million takeover.[60]
  • 24 August 2009: Newcastle United made an official statement extending the deadline for Barry Moat to table an offer for the club.[61]
  • 26 August 2009: Geoff Sheard confirmed that he was fronting a bid by a mystery American company to buy the club.[62]
  • 19 September 2009:
  • 27 October 2009: Newcastle appointed Chris Hughton as permanent manager until the end of the 2010/11 season. Also, Mike Ashley announced that he had taken the club off the market and intended to invest a further £20m.[66]
  • 18 January 2010: Northern Rock signed a new 4 year sponsorship deal with Newcastle United, worth between £1.5 million and £10 million, starting from the 2010/11 season.[67]
  • 19 January 2010: Puma signed a deal to become the club's official supplier for two years starting from the beginning of the 2010/11 season.[68]
  • 24 April 2010: Newcastle lifted the Championship trophy in front of a new Championship record attendance of 52,181 fans after a 2–2 draw with Ipswich Town.[71]
  • 2 May 2010: Newcastle finished the 2009–10 season with a 1–0 victory at Queens Park Rangers. This gave the team a total of 102 League points, surpassing the 100 point mark for the first time in the club's history.[72]

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 England Steve Harper 45 0 0 0 0 0 45 0 0 0
2 DF Argentina Fabricio Coloccini 37 2 3 0 0 0 40 2 5 0
3 DF Spain José Enrique 33 (1) 1 2 0 1 0 36 (1) 1 3 0
4 MF England Kevin Nolan 44 17 2 0 1 (1) 1 47 (1) 18 10 1
5 DF England Fitz Hall 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 1 0
6 DF England Mike Williamson 16 0 0 0 0 0 16 0 3 0
7 MF England Joey Barton 8 (7) 1 0 0 0 0 8 (7) 1 1 0
8 MF England Danny Guthrie 36 (2) 4 2 (1) 0 2 1 40 (3) 5 5 1
10 FW England Marlon Harewood 9 (6) 5 0 0 0 0 9 (6) 5 2 0
10 MF England Wayne Routledge 15 (2) 3 0 0 0 0 15 (2) 3 1 0
11 MF Republic of Ireland Damien Duff 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
11 FW Denmark Peter Løvenkrands 19 (10) 13 1 (1) 3 1 0 21 (11) 16 0 0
12 DF England Danny Simpson 39 1 1 0 1 0 41 1 4 0
13 DF Georgia (country) Zurab Khizanishvili 6 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 6 (1) 0 2 1
14 DF Netherlands Patrick van Aanholt 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 1 0
16 DF England Ryan Taylor 19 (12) 4 3 0 2 0 24 (12) 4 7 1
17 MF England Alan Smith 31 (1) 0 2 0 0 (1) 0 33 (2) 0 10 1
18 MF Argentina Jonás Gutiérrez 34 (3) 4 2 (1) 0 0 (1) 0 36 (5) 4 1 0
19 FW Spain Xisco 0 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 0 (2) 0 0 0
20 MF Cameroon Geremi 3 (4) 0 0 0 1 (1) 1 4 (5) 1 0 0
20 FW Republic of Ireland Leon Best 6 (7) 0 0 0 0 0 6 (7) 0 3 0
21 MF France Fabrice Pancrate 5 (11) 1 3 0 0 0 8 (11) 1 0 0
22 MF England Nicky Butt 10 (7) 0 2 0 1 0 13 (7) 0 1 0
23 FW Nigeria Shola Ameobi 11 (7) 10 1 (1) 0 0 (1) 1 12 (9) 11 2 0
24 FW England Andy Carroll 33 (6) 17 2 (1) 2 0 0 35 (7) 19 9 0
25 MF Democratic Republic of the Congo Kazenga LuaLua 0 (1) 0 0 0 2 0 2 (1) 0 0 0
26 GK Netherlands Tim Krul 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
27 DF England Steven Taylor 21 1 1 0 1 0 23 1 2 0
28 DF Hungary Tamás Kádár 6 (7) 0 2 0 1 0 9 (7) 0 2 0
29 FW Italy Fabio Zamblera 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 FW England Nile Ranger 4 (21) 2 1 (2) 0 2 0 7 (23) 2 1 0
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 (1) 0 0 0 1 0 1 (1) 0 0 0
37 DF Republic of Ireland Callum Morris 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
41 MF Northern Ireland Shane Ferguson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
42 FW England Ryan Donaldson 0 (2) 0 0 (2) 0 1 0 1 (4) 0 0 0
43 MF England Jonny Godsmark 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
44 DF England James Tavernier 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
45 DF England Darren Lough 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
46 MF Slovenia Haris Vučkić 0 (2) 0 0 0 1 (1) 0 1 (3) 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 39 3 2 44
4-4-1-1 5 0 0 5
4-5-1 2 0 0 2

Captains[edit]

No. Pos. Name Starts
17 MF England Alan Smith 26
22 MF England Nicky Butt 13
4 MF England Kevin Nolan 11
27 DF England Steven Taylor 1

Coaching staff[edit]

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

Last updated: 3 May 2011
Source: [1]

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos. Name From Fee Source
1 September 2009 FW Denmark Peter Løvenkrands Free Free [73]
21 November 2009 MF France Fabrice Pancrate France Paris Saint-Germain Free [74]
20 January 2010 DF England Danny Simpson England Manchester United £750K [75]
26 January 2010 MF England Wayne Routledge England Queens Park Rangers £1m [76]
27 January 2010 DF England Mike Williamson England Portsmouth £1m [77]
1 February 2010 FW Republic of Ireland Leon Best England Coventry City Undisclosed [78]
  • Total spending: Decrease ~ £2.75m

Out[edit]

Date Pos. Name To Fee Source
1 July 2009 MF England Mark Donninger England Blyth Spartans Free
1 July 2009 MF England James Marwood Free agent Free
1 July 2009 DF Brazil Caçapa Brazil Cruzeiro Esporte Clube Free
1 July 2009 FW Denmark Peter Løvenkrands Free agent Free
1 July 2009 FW Australia Mark Viduka Retired Free
1 July 2009 DF Canada David Edgar England Burnley Released [79]
3 July 2009 FW England Michael Owen England Manchester United Released [80]
31 July 2009 FW Nigeria Obafemi Martins Germany Wolfsburg £9 million [81]
6 August 2009 DF Cameroon Sébastien Bassong England Tottenham Hotspur £8 million [82]
7 August 2009 DF Senegal Habib Beye England Aston Villa £2.5 million [83]
18 August 2009 MF Republic of Ireland Damien Duff England Fulham £4 million [84]
31 January 2010 MF Cameroon Geremi Turkey Ankaragücü Undisclosed [85]
  • Total income: Increase ~ £23.5 million

Loans in[edit]

Date Pos. Name From Expiry Source
31 July 2009 DF England Danny Simpson England Manchester United 18 January 2010 [86]
17 September 2009 DF Georgia (country) Zurab Khizanishvili England Blackburn Rovers 17 December 2009 [87]
25 September 2009 FW England Marlon Harewood England Aston Villa 26 December 2009 [88]
29 January 2010 DF England Fitz Hall England Queens Park Rangers 31 May 2010 [89]
29 January 2010 DF Netherlands Patrick van Aanholt England Chelsea 28 February 2010 [90]

Loans out[edit]

Date Pos. Name To Expiry Source
31 July 2009 GK England Fraser Forster England Bristol Rovers 31 August 2009 [91]
6 August 2009 FW England Jonny Godsmark England Hereford United 31 January 2010 [92]
28 August 2009 GK England Fraser Forster England Norwich City 1 June 2010 [93][94][95]
31 August 2009 FW Spain Xisco Spain Racing de Santander 1 June 2010 [96]
1 September 2009 FW Italy Fabio Zamblera Italy AS Roma 1 June 2010 [97]
9 February 2010 MF Democratic Republic of the Congo Kazenga LuaLua England Brighton & Hove Albion 9 March 2010 [98]

Competitions[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss

Pre-season[edit]

Match 1 2 3 4 5 6
Result 3–0 7–2 1–0 1–6 0–0 1–1

League[edit]

Round  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
Result 1–1 3–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–2 3–1 4–0 1–1 0–0 0–1 1–2 2–1 1–0 3–1 1–0 3–0 2–0 2–0 2–2 2–0 2–2
Position 12th 3rd 3rd 3rd 1st 1st 3rd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
Round 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46
Result 0–0 2–2 2–0 0–0 5–1 0–3 1–1 4–1 3–0 2–1 6–1 2–2 3–0 2–2 1–0 2–0 3–2 2–1 4–1 2–1 2–0 2–2 1–0
Position 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st

FA Cup[edit]

Match 1 2 3
Result 0–0 3–0 2–4

League Cup[edit]

Match 1 2
Result 4–3 0–2

Matches[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

League[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

League Cup[edit]

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