Including permanent and temporary appointments, as well as ‘Head Coaches’, there have been 10 Newcastle Managers employed under Mike Ashley.

Ashley inherited Sam Allardyce who had just been appointed before he bought the club, with of course Rafa Benitez the latest (for the time being…).

Nigel Pearson was in charge for only one Premier League match, whilst Alan Pardew the longest (so far) under Mike Ashley, with 155 PL games.

I was intrigued by a mention on Twitter by Chris Holt, which prompted this article.

He mentioned that despite being in the 12th season of his reign, only two Newcastle Managers had taken charge of more than 28 Premier League matches under Mike Ashley.

Sure enough, apart from Pardew with 155, there is only Rafa Benitez with 53 PL games so far under Ashley.

Next highest is Steve McClaren with 28 and then Chris Hughton 25, though his total comes from three spells in charge.

Below are the periods the Newcastle Managers have been in charge under Mike Ashley, with number of Premier League games in charge before each name:

21 Sam Allardyce (May 2007 – January 2008)

1 Nigel Pearson (January 2008)

19 Kevin Keegan (January 2008 – September 2008)

3 Chris Hughton (September 2008)

18 Joe Kinnear (September 2008 – February 2009)

6 Chris Hughton (February 2009 – April 2009)

8 Alan Shearer (April 2009 – May 2009)

16 Chris Hughton (May 2009 – December 2010) – Plus 46 Championship matches

155 Alan Pardew (December 2010 – December 2014)

19 John Carver (January 2015 – June 2015)

28 Steve McClaren (June 2015 – March 2016)

53 Rafa Benitez (March 2016 – ) – Plus 46 Championship matches

Here are the overall Premier League games in charge totals:

155 Alan Pardew

53 Rafa Benitez

28 Steve McClaren

25 Chris Hughton

21 Sam Allardyce

19 Kevin Keegan

19 John Carver

18 JFK

8 Alan Shearer

1 Nigel Pearson

In total under Mike Ashley, we have had 347 Premier League and 92 Championship matches, a total of 439 league games.

Let’s hope we don’t have too many more added to that total…



  • Vodkamagpie

    What’s so remarkable about that, its football clubs?

    • Ron

      What’s so remarkable about that is that John Carver came in as high as 19!

      • Paul Patterson

        Yeah, I had to look that one up. I couldn’t believe it was 19 games.

      • Vodkamagpie

        What was he, best manager or coach, in the league

        • Ron

          Best coach in the car park

      • Jezza

        At the time I was surprised he didn’t get more than 19 games in charge to be truthful. When we stopped up by the skin of our teeth in 2015 I think a lot of us were convinced he was going to get the job on a permanent basis because he was by far the cheapest, easiest and most convenient option for the fat pig.

        • cmrowley

          I was convinced he’d get it. If he’d won one more game and avoided relegation before the last game of the season I’m convinced he’d have gotten the job.

        • Ron

          It just seemed much longer than 19 games, reverse of time flies when you’re enjoying yourself.

  • Ashley-out

    Pardew will be back next season if the parasite is still here

    • CKO

      Hopefully he’ll be back before Cardiff at home, maybe we can get our first win.

    • Jezza

      Yes, I have been saying all along that I fully expect Pardew to return as Rafa’s replacement.

      • TheFatController

        Don’t say that, I put my house on Strachan …

        • Paul Patterson

          The Chronicle are saying O’Neil, so it’s him, because they’re always right..

      • SuperDesHamilton

        It must be true then because you know everything Jizza