Newcastle United have been throught a terbulant few years the catalyst for this is obviously the sacking of geordie legend Kevin Keegan after this the club declined on and off the pitch,
Fans protests against owner Mike Ashley calls for him to leave the club and return down south, The end result of this was relegation from Englands top flight to the Championship.
I however think this was what Newcastle needed having been a mediocre mid table side in the Premier Leauge ever since Bobby Robson left the managers hotseat in 2004 after a 5 year stint in charge in whitch he delivered Champions Leauge football to the club, While in the Championship under the stewardship of then boss Chirs Houghton a re-build took place this saw the likes of Michael Owen leave the club and the emergence of boyhood fan of the club Andy Carroll his goals provided a spearhead to the newcastle attack for this first time since Alan Shearer retired, with Carrols goals and good management Newcastle ran away with the leauge that season securing a return to the big time much to the fans delight.
Andy Carroll was tipped by many to shine and he did earning an England call up for the friendly with France and in the January transfer window he secuered a £35 million transfer to Liverpool the jury is still out on this move.
Prior to this move he netted 9 times in the Premier Leauge but still Newcastle were languishing in the bottom half of the leauge so Mike Ashley saw fit to replace Houghton in mid December a move critisised by many fans, The man to fill his boots were former West Ham and Charlton manager Alan Pardew his first game was at home to Liverpool a game the gerodies won 3-1 Carroll again on the scoresheet, Pardew kept Newcastle in the leauge acheiving the target set prior to the seasons start.
In the summer Pardew began to put his mark on the club making several signings including Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye, Davide Santon ans sylvian Marvauex, Ba and Cabaye hav had an awesome inpact on the side Cabaye adding some much needed composure and quality to the centre of midfield, Ba a free transfer from West Ham turned out to be possibly the bargin of the summer netting 16 goals before January only Robin Van Persie has scored more so far this term.
There is now a strong spine to the side Krul, Colochini, Tiote, Cabaye and Ba all have been consistant thus far leading Newcastle to remain undefeated after 6 games and sitting currently in 6th position 4 points off a Champions Leauge spot and well in the frame to Qualifiy for next seasons Europa Leauge this would be an incredible feet for a team who only 2 years previous were relegated.
Now its January once again almost a year since the departure of Andy Carroll and his replacement Ba and Tiote are headding off on international duty for the African Nations Cup much has been made about the ability of their teamates to step up and fill the boots while they are away so far so good Leon Best scoring the only goal in a win over QPR, the re-build is still ongoing with Pardew adding more striking power to his squad signing Frieburg striker and fellow countryman of Demba Ba, Pappis Cisse for £1o million last night he is also on international duty with Senagel so the Newcastle faithful will have to wait till possibly Febuary or until Senagal’s involvement in the tournament ends to see their new number 9.
Things are looking pretty good on tyneside Alan Pardew really has worked magic up there in his first year in charge i honestly dont think one person could have predicted such a turn around in such a short space of time, Relegation and promotion and what looks like a possible Europa Leauge place all inside 3 years.
Maybe Mike Ashley knew what he was doing all along?
Thanks again, Aaron