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‘Newcastle United is a Yo-Yo club’ – Manchester United were relegated more times before Mike Ashley arrived

5 months ago
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Rio Ferdinand may have been a very good player for Manchester United.

However, as a person he is somewhat lacking.

As a pundit…well hopefully this weekend will have convinced BT Sport to ditch him as soon as possible.

Watch out for a free transfer very soon to join the disgraced Richard Keys beyond these shores.

Amongst the nonsense spewed out by Ferdinand in support of Mike Ashley and against Rafa Benitez, Newcastle fans and anybody else with any credibility, the former Manchester United player backed up his laughable comments by claiming Newcastle United are a ‘Yo-Yo club’.

Rio played all of his football in the Premier League era and funnily enough, Newcastle United were never relegated in the PL era, until Mike Ashley bought the club.

If Newcastle are still in the bottom three in May, it would be three relegations in ten Premier League seasons under Mike Ashley.

So I suppose Rio Ferdinand is proved right, in a way. Newcastle United have been a Yo-Yo club this past decade…but then it goes/against/undermines his whole argument supporting Ashley. NUFC have become a Yo-Yo club only under Mike Ashley, they weren’t before that.

In 115 years of Newcastle United history before Mike Ashley arrived in 2007, the Magpies were relegated four times, an average of once every thirty years or so. Not the most efficient of Yo-Yos…

These relegations were in seasons:

1933/34

1960/61

1977/78

1988/89

It isn’t as though Newcastle United were always a club fighting relegation either, not a club leading some kind of charmed life.

Indeed, those last two relegation summed up how self-inflicted the poor running of the club was in bringing about unnecessary disaster from nowhere.

In 1976/77 Newcastle finished fifth in the top tier, only to end up 21st of 22 in 1977/78 and relegated.

Then in 1987/88 NUFC ended up eighth in the top division, only to somehow be rock bottom 22nd in 1988/89.

It is all a bit reminiscent of Mike Ashley’s first, though not last, relegation in 2009/10, managing to relegate a team that should never have gone down, thanks to his running of the club, forcing Kevin Keegan out and employing the likes of Dennis Wise and Joe Kinnear.

Newcastle have become a real Yo-Yo club thanks to Mike Ashley, two relegations and two promotions in these past 10 seasons. In addition, in 2012/13 Newcastle stayed up only on the day of the last away match of the season when winning 2-1 at QPR, this after being fifth the previous (2011/12) season. Then in 2014/15 it was only a last day of the season win over West Ham that ensured survival, Jonas Gutierrez leading us to safety before Mike Ashley binned him.

It is only Mike Ashley, in the entire history of Newcastle United that has turned the club into one that is fighting relegation or promotion pretty much every single season.

Ironically, Manchester United acolyte Rio Ferdinand should be looking a bit closer to home for a club that was more Yo-Yo than Newcastle United pre Mike Ashley.

Thanks to Andy Kerr (NUFC fan and presenter on beIN SPORTS) for this tip-off:

These are the Manchester United relegations that happened before 2007:

1893/94

1921/22

1930/31

1936/37

1973/74

Yes Rio, Manchester United were relegated more times in their history than Newcastle United, before Mike Ashley got his claws into NUFC.

Newcastle United weren’t ever a Yo-Yo club and they are only one now, solely because of Mike Ashley.

If Ashley sold the club, then even if there was no additional investment from new owners and it just used the funds that the club and fanbase could generate, I would be amazed if there were any relegations in the foreseeable future.

There is something seriously wrong at St James Park and it starts and ends with Mike Ashley.
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