ASHLEY’S TOON REIGN
Ashley buys Newcastle United for £134m, greeted with a level of scepticism unusual for a buyout.
Brings back local hero Kevin Keegan to manage the club in a blaze of glory.
Keegan exits the club citing “interference”. Ashley faces a huge backlash, prompting him to announce his intention to sell.
Joe Kinnear takes over as manager of the club following Keegan’s departure.
Kinnear taken to hospital following a heart attack. His assistant Chris Hughton is appointed temporary manager.
Former Newcastle player and BBC pundit Alan Shearer is appointed manager until the end of the season.
24 May 2009
Newcastle drops out of the Premier League following a 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa.