2009/10 Championship Preview: Newcastle United

Last updated : 16 July 2009 By @blades_mad1889

The Toon Army came crashing into the Championship after being relegated from the Premier League and no doubt set a mass exodus as 'quality' players left the sinking St James Park. One of the first to leave the scene would have been former Liverpool, Real Madrid and England striker Michael Owen (to Manchester United) who decided not to sign a new contract; making him a free transfer this summer.

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Toon Army - Will they be in full voice next season to rocket the Magpies back into the Premiership!

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Alan Shearer was appointed as manager with only eight fixtures remaining and despite giving the club a slim chance of survival with a respectable 3-1 win over rival's Middlesbrough it wasn't enough to prevent them, and Boro from slipping into England's second tier.

They will kick start the 2009/10 Coca-Cola Championship season at the Hawthorns where they will face West Bromwich Albion (live on BBC), who were also relegated from the Premier League last season.

No doubt the Geordie faithful will have high hopes of bouncing back at the first attempt, but despite having a legend at the helm I feel that this team will struggle next season with their loyal fans soon finding themselves frustrated as results fail.

Blades-Mad Predicted Finish: 3rd (play-offs)

2008-09 Players Statistics

Player NamePositionDoB#AppsGoals
Coloccini, Fabricio
Defence22 Jan 19822380
Enrique, Jose Sanchez
Defence23 Jan 1986326 (+2)0
Nolan, Kevin
Midfield24 Jun 1982410 (+1)0
Cacapa, Claudio
Defence29 May 197665 (+2)0
Barton, Joey
Midfield02 Sep 198276 (+3)1
Guthrie, Danny
Midfield18 Apr 1987824 (+3)2
Martins, Obafemi
Forward28 Oct 1984922 (+3)8
Owen, Michael
Forward14 Dec 19791024 (+8)10
Duff, Damien
Midfield02 Mar 19791131 (+2)3
Bassong, Sebastien
Defence09 Jul 19861230 (+4)0
Harper, Steve
Goal14 Mar 197513160
Taylor, R, Ryan
Defence19 Aug 1984168 (+2)0
Smith, Alan
Forward28 Oct 1980174 (+2)0
Gutierrez, Jonas
Midfield05 Jul 19831825 (+8)0
Xisco, Jimenez Tejeda
Forward26 Jun 1986194 (+3)1
Geremi, Njitap
Midfield20 Dec 19782013 (+4)0
Beye, Habib
Defence19 Oct 19772123 (+1)0
Butt, Nicky
Midfield21 Jan 197522370
Ameobi, Shola
Forward12 Oct 19812314 (+8)4
Lovenkrands, Peter
Forward29 Jan 1980248 (+4)3
Taylor, S, Steven
Defence23 Jan 19862727 (+2)4
Kadar, Tamas
Defence14 Mar 19902800
Edgar, David
Midfield19 May 1987308 (+5)1
Danquah, Frank Wiafe
Forward04 Oct 19893100
Baheng, Wesley Ngo
Forward23 Sep 19893200
Soderberg, Ole
Goal20 Jul 19903300
Forster, Fraser
Goal17 Mar 19883400
Tozer, Ben
Defence01 Mar 19903500
Viduka, Mark
Forward09 Oct 1975366 (+6)0
Morris, Callum
Defence03 Feb 19903700
LuaLua, Kazenga
Forward10 Dec 1990380 (+4)0
Carroll, Andy
Forward06 Jan 1989396 (+10)3
Krul, Tim
Goal03 Apr 19884000
Doninger, Mark
Midfield19 Oct 19894100
Donaldson, Ryan
Forward01 May 19914200
Godsmark, Jonny
Forward03 Sep 19894300
Marwood, James
Midfield21 May 19904400
Lough, Darren
Defence23 Sep 19894500
Ranger, Nile
Forward11 Apr 19914600
Inman, Brad
Defence10 Dec 19914700

* Statistics up to and including 26 May 2009