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Before there was a "big four" Newcastle was one of the strongest sides in English football.
With solid sides throughout the mid-to-late '90s and well into this decade Newcastle remained a mainstay in the top flight with players like Alan Shearer and Michael Owen, the Toon Army was never in danger of going down.
However, the past few years haven't been good in Tyneside, as Newcastle has struggled in the middle of the table yet nobody thought they would go down.
Once a model of stability, the past two years has seen turmoil grip the once proud club.
The mysterious departures of Sam Allerdyce and the ever popular Kevin Keegan, financial struggles, Joe Kinnear's health problems, and the pending sale of a club that nobody wants to buy have all contributed to Newcastle's on going drama.
Last month former legend Alan Shearer took over the managerial duties and has proven to be in over his head at the top flight. Gaining zero points since his appointment, Shearer seems to be changing coaching philosophies and formations as often as he changes shirts.
Add to these difficulties the Joey Barton's behavioral issues and Shearer losing total control of his side, and Newcastle has turned into what American's would call a SNAFU.
It appears that baring a miracle Newcastle United will find themselves in the Championship this season, and with the club's on-going turmoil might stay there for years to come.