Newcastle fans have now had a whole decade of life under the ownership of Mike Ashley.

The fifth place finish of 2011/12 has constantly been used by the media to bash supporters who dare to suggest this 10 year spell has been anything but a disaster.

Well, just look at these stats below and we can see just what a task Rafa Benitez has on his hands, to pull the club out of a desperate era of massive underachievement.

The best way to measure the success, or otherwise, of the Ashley years is to judge it against what other clubs have done in the same time period.

In this decade under Mike Ashley, Newcastle United have (disgracefully) managed to be relegated twice.

So on the positive side, how many top nine finishes in the Premier League have there been?

Premier League Top 9 finishes in last 10 seasons (incl current 2016/17 table):

10 Arsenal, Liverpool, Man Utd

9 Chelsea, Man City, Tottenham

8 Everton

4 Aston Villa, Southampton

3 Fulham, Stoke

2 Swansea, West Brom, West Ham

1 Birmingham, Blackburn, Leicester, Newcastle United, Portsmouth

It becomes quite a shocking state of affairs when you measure Newcastle’s performance against others…

No surprise to see the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United as permanent fixtures in the top nine, with another three clubs who have missed only one season in the Premier League upper reaches.

However, when you see Everton showing the ambition and consistency to have finished top nine in eight of these last 10 seasons, then it does really show up the shocking way Newcastle has been run by Mike Ashley. I don’t think there are any Newcastle fans who would see the blue half of Merseyside as a bigger club that NUFC.

It arguably gets worse though, when you see Villa and Southampton with four top nine finishes, similarly with three each for Fulham and Stoke.

Newcastle are down there with the likes of Birmingham, Blackburn and Portsmouth who have all bombed after managing just a single top nine finish in the top tier.

To anybody who still claims Newcastle fans are ‘too demanding’, then they are really having a laugh.

Hopefully, Rafa Benitez will now be able to lead us out of what has so far been a dismal decade of football life under Mike Ashley.

(All contributions from Newcastle fans welcome, send articles (as well as ideas/suggestions) to [email protected])

  • Geordie-7676

    As someone who writes for the Mag on occasion, i never feel the need to bash an author – time has been spent researching, and everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but come on, seriously?

    We all know what has happened in the past…..but there’s the thing, its in the past. We currently find ourselves heading in a positive direction, with a top quality manager, and an owner that appears to have walked through a dawn of realisation as to how a football club should be ran.

    Can we not focus on the future for a change?

    • Leazes Ender

      You don’t know where you are going until you know where you have been…. in your case around in the circle of the ouroboros making the same mistakes again and again…. you aren’t ignorant but you are a complete fool.

      • Geordie-7676

        I know exactly where i/we have been, but none of us truly know where i/we are going in the future.

        What i do know for sure, is that i will be going into this season with eyes wide open, always wary that things could take a turn for the worse through the actions of one man…..but here’s the thing, i am old enough to understand and accept mistakes, negligence and stupidity, and can invoke a level of forgiveness provided that the following actions are met with a pro-active approach to change…..something we are seeing on a daily basis.

        Will i ever forget? No;
        Can i forgive? Yes to a certain extent.

        You on the other hand appear to have zero ability to understand the concept of realisation, that someone may, even after extended periods of time locked inside an ignorant mindset, accept their errors and invoke change.

        Your free to it, stay locked inside your vindictive mindset, i don’t care, but calling others a fool for being able to analyse current activity with a positive outlook – that my friend makes you the fool.

  • Wor Monga

    So!…what is the point of this article exactly?…and why bring it up right now?…

    …we are all fully aware what rubbish the last 10 years have thrown up, but does anybody need any reminders of the failures under Ashley when there’s a real feeling of optimism here, at long last…with a top class manager in place, and a competent squad of players who have gained promotion and are totally committed to trying for us…

    …what makes it all the more stupid is when you compare the Toon’s record of finishes in a negative way to that of Blackburn, Birmingham, Portsmouth or even Villa!!!

  • Paul Patterson

    On an upward spin and people bring a negative (past) into it.
    In Rafa we trust!
    Don’t worry, be happy. Smile!

  • DubaiExpat

    I’ve been one of Ashley’s biggest critics over the years and whilst it’s a fair assessment of his tenure at the club so far it does seem as though his outlook has changed.

    It’s been a while since we’ve had something to smile about so can can we not just dispense with the negativity for a while.

    • Leazes Ender

      No it hasn’t

  • TheFatController

    There’s never been a better time to start planning to be regularly top 9 after a coming season of staying up as a priority – from west brom down, most teams are on between 40-45 points this year, with only one or two games remaining. They have smaller grounds, possibly all with less historic success than ourselves (Villa and Sunderland down means two of the more ‘historically’ successful clubs have gone ).

    Surely under Rafa we are an attractive proposition to players ahead of many of the clubs finishing below Everton…?

  • HarryHype59

    As this article mentions the team has massively underperformed under Ashley’s ownership. Hopefully Benetiz will be allowed to manage the team he sees fit and given full financial support. I don’t trust Ashley or his minnions and Rafa will nowhere near the money to spend this season some people think.

  • Oooh bobbi fleckman

    It’s only shocking to someone who can’t count. This will no doubt be cut and pasted next season, hopefully with 2 top nine finishes but who thinks in terms of top 9? Top 4 perhaps, top 6 for Uefa spots and top 10 if you like decimalisation but 9?

  • Chris Bale

    The Toon have been relegated twice under Mike Ashley’s ownership and have pretty much regressed as a football club within that time. Even the once legendary atmosphere inside St James’ Park has been reduced to nothing in comparison to what it once was.

    Next season’s return to the Premier League will be about survival, nothing more.