And at the end of the 2008-09 Premier League season, Newcastle United wasn't good enough to avoid relegation into the Championship.
Sunday, needing a result at Aston Villa, Newcastle United lost 1-0, finishing 18th in the 20-team league. The Magpies are joined in the drop by Middlesbrough and West Bromwich Albion. Newcastle United was last relegated from the English top flight in 1989 and it took the club four years to return.
The sad truth is that Newcastle had a terrible year. With their star players like Obafemi Martins, Mark Viduka, and Michael Owens one would think that they would have a wonderful year.
The introduction of Alan Shearer should have been a boost to the squad, but not even the football legend could do much.
This article was supposed to be a tribute to Newcastle but their performance this year is more of disgrace.
As it turned out, all four clubs that could have been relegated on the final matchday Sunday—Sunderland, Hull City, Newcastle United and Middlesbrough—each lost. Yet Sunderland and especially Hull—the preseason relegation favorites—celebrate survival.
Neither surviving club did all that much to warrant another season in the world's most popular league, but survived nonetheless.