Earlier today it was confirmed that the Newcastle United squad, management and admin staff, would all get a bonus if the team finish top ten in the Premier League this season.
For some teams finishing top is the holy grail, for others top four and Champions League qualification.
Whilst on Tyneside top ten is where the glory is…or rather, Mike Ashley safely banking another season of TV cash, free advertising for his business empire and all the other fringe benefits from his involvement with Newcastle United.
So as we close in on the latter stages of Mike Ashley’s eighth season at Newcastle, just how do United measure up to the aim of glorious top ten finishes under the current owner?
Thanks to the excellent @MikeAshleyLies for the table below, showing how many times each club has finished in the top ten whilst Mike Ashley has been at Newcastle;
In the seven seasons before Ashley arrived at Newcastle, United finished top half on four occasions and only Arsenal, Liverpool, Spurs, Chelsea and Manchester United achieved that more times in those seven years.
Under Mike Ashley Newcastle finished fifth in 2011/12 and then just scraped it by ending up tenth after a dismal second half of the season last year.