May 2009 was a sad time for Newcastle fans everywhere as they hit rock bottom knowing the team they loved and worshipped had been relegated from the Premier League. Now history could repeat itself this Sunday as West Ham visit St James' Park.
Are there many differences between the team now and the team which went down in 2009? Arguably no, because a couple of them are still there. Then what's the difference and how come Newcastle have found themselves in this position?
When they came back up, you could sense the team spirit was a great one and they were a tight unit. The following year they qualified for Europe so they must have been doing something right, they appeared to be heading in the right direction. So what went terribly wrong?
Although it may seem Newcastle have hit self-destruct this season, a team doesn't become a bad team over night.
There's been a ticking time-bomb at Newcastle United for some time now and that ticking time-bomb is called Mike Ashley.
Mike Ashley must leave Newcastle
It's clear the fans hatred for the man and you can't fault them due to the way he's operating the club like a retail store but when a team sells it's best players such as Cabaye and Carroll without bringing players of the same calibre, then it was only a matter of time before this was going to happen.
Where they have invested in youth over the last few years bringing in Gael Bigirimana, Curtis Good as well as players who have come through the academy like Vuckic and Ameobi, the truth of the matter is those players have not stepped up to the plate.
Potentially Rolando Aarons has the ability to be a great winger playing a similar style to Raheem Sterling, but there's only one or two youngsters who stand out and the rest are flops. Their transfer strategy is clearly not working and needs to be changed before the summer transfer window opens.
Newcastle need a new manager
Adding to this, failure to bring in a top manager when Pardew left hasn't helped either.
I have no doubt John Carver is a great coach, but a manager he is not. Whereas before fans would dream of the likes of Jurgen Klopp and even Jose Mourinho coming to manage Newcastle United, they're now struggling to think who would even want to come and work under Ashley because of the way he is running the football club.
Don't be surprised if there's an inexperienced manager in the hot-seat next year, an appointment which would deeply disappoint the Toon Army. There's no ambition and the players are starting to reflect that too.
The squad needs to a good sorting out this summer, get rid of the dead wood and inject it with some decent playing footballers so the Geordie faithful have something to shout about.
So will they go down? They deserve to but I wouldn't like to say, but be sure as long as Mike Ashley is making money, he's never going to leave the Toon.
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