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
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…