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Relegation Wasn't The End Of The World But...

It was the 24th May 2009,at roughly 5.55pm and the world of Newcastle United came crashing down, maybe even to disappear altogether if rumours were to be believed.

We could have become another Leeds or Southampton, with many a sleepness night abound for all fans alike.

Players started to leave and good players at that (on paper), Mark Viduka quit the game, Michael Owen may as well done, David Edgar another who went for nowt... Oba Martins went to wolfsburg for Ł9million,Habib Beye to Villa for approx Ł3m, Seb Bassong to Spuds for Ł8m, Damien Duff to Fulham for an undisclosed sum believed to be between Ł5 and Ł10million plus many other fringe players released, thus trimming the healthy wage bill and bringing in a hefty wedge, although that was nothing to what money the club would lose in Premier TV cash and other spin off funds..

So, faced with continuing money worry's, The toon bought wisely and at low cost the following season, targeting hungry players with a sell on value in years to come as well as the odd experienced head. It was a blend of youth and old that saw us come good and win the league at a canter whilst at the same time showing a never say die attitude, an attitude which has followed the team into the premier league this year and long may that continue. In my opinion, they have the best team spirit of any toon squad i can remember in my 39 years on this earth.

Going back to those that left during the pre-season after relegation.. Viduka quit, Owen hasn't done much and is likely to go on loan to a championship club, Bassong is doing ok at spuds but isn't pulling up any trees, the sam can be said for Duff, who's also been injured. Oba Martins has been to a russian side (cant be bothered to spell it) and now finds himself on loan at Birmingham City. Habib Beye is in the reserves at Villa and David Edgar hasn't been heard of although Burnley followed us the following season by dropping a divison and are struggling at present.

Even Shay Given who left during the relegation campaign is on the bench at Man City and could even be going on loan to Leicester.... Not forgetting the scars that relegation can cause, I can say from experience that relegation can do good also.

Like a trip to rehab or a confession box at church, its cleansed the club by ridding itself of the deadwood, Players that on paper were our better ones but stats and performances since they left have proved they were either not trying or were massively exaggerated as footballers with us getting some healthy price for most of them as a bonus.. The only worry now as a football club with our galvanised spirit and togetherness, is how would we come back from a relegation this season when we have fallen and rebuilt?

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Writer: TNMW Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 30 2011

Time: 1:00PM

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A good and thought provoking read, TNMW.
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30/01/2011 13:45:00

Cheers Rex
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30/01/2011 14:08:00

nice build up to the question at the end and you missed out insomnia, still waiting for his move to a big club, sitting on his stepping stone like some giant egotistical frog
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30/01/2011 14:24:00

Bought are not including Perch and Best in that assessment. For me relegation and that whole season was total embarassment JFK as manager........... i thought i was having a nightmare. I understand what you are saying TNMW but i am sorry i would rather the whole sorry saga never happened and on team spirit the best era for team spirit was under Keegan in the 90's................FACT.
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30/01/2011 14:26:00

I half agree with the keegan era having the best spirit but this wasn't advertised like today's. Thats why im classing this as the best. By buying wisely, i mean by not shelling out massive sums of dosh on anyone, yes we've bought some dross but at least we should see a return on them if we sell.. I didn't put N'zogbia in because he left during the season, not at the end. Given was used as an example of the grass not being greener etc
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30/01/2011 14:48:00

Maybe I'm being to previous, but I'm of the opinion we will stay up this season. What happens next is down to the closed season coming up and who comes and goes. How we strengthen will be key. We all know what we need, but how will Fat Bloke handle the summer transfer market, more questions than answers again!
Flaming Hoop
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30/01/2011 15:05:00

Most of us think we will be fine but what happens if we go down? Will the team spirit take a battering? and can it survive the shock? Could it see a potentially excellent squad broken up?
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30/01/2011 15:13:00

damon duff is back and what a cracker
truth sayer ffc
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