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I'VE documented Newcastle United's rollercoaster year and covered all the big news during a turbulent time on Tyneside.

The last 12 months have been a trauma for Toon fans across the board, with the changes in manager, shocking defeats and ultimately relegation.

But this has now given way to a new sense of purpose at Gallowgate and we've now got a resolute side which has pushed itself to the top of the Championship.

This blog has chronicled all the big events both on and off the field with my take on life following the Magpies.

Here I take a look back at some of my posts from 2009.

January:

Charles Insomnia sleepwalks out the door

February:

In the company of the legend that is Tino Asprilla

March:

It won't be anything like Cloughie v Revie

April:

The warning signs were there, but we all started fearing the R word

May:

Relegation - pitiful, shameful relegation

June:

When training was more like a spa for pampered Toon stars

July:

Memories of Sir Bobby will live on forever

August:

Bassong might have been a nobody when he came to Toon - but the fans know him now.
September:

Memories of Beardsley against QPR

October:

The Keegan fiasco, Mr Xisco, and more

November:

Slating the prawn sandwich brigade

December:

Middlesbrough have become a bigger laughing stock than Newcastle United

Merry Christmas to everyone who reads Blog on the Tyne, thanks for your support during 2009.review-of-the-year.jpg

The moment that Mike Ashley, Derek Llambias and Dennis Wise thought they knew more about how Newcastle United works as a football club, a community, a business and a way of life than Kevin Keegan - was the exact moment that Newcastle United had its heart and soul ripped out of it.

You don't need me to regurgitate the findings of the Premier League Manager's Arbitration Tribunal - you can see that elsewhere on this website.

To see the exact work of Mike Ashley to date, simply have a look at the latest Premier League table - that is fact not opinion.

With the transfer deadline now very much on the horizon and the new season already well under way - Newcastle United are starting to think about the consequences of life on Tyneside if the club isn't sold.

Utterings from across the Irish Sea suggest that David O'Leary (the man many Toon fans do not want in charge of their team) will only take the job if the club is taken off the market.

And while it's thought that Gordon Strachan and Alan Curbishley have been sounded out to take over the reins at SJP, you would have to question the sanity of either if they were to come in and expect to lead Newcastle to promotion with little or no time to manoeuvre in the transfer market and work with a paper thin squad ahead of a marathon season.

When oil rich Arabs start heading to Notts County instead of Newcastle to do business in English football you just know that St James's Park is beginning to look like a "no go" area for any potential investors.

Perhaps you can't blame Abdullah Bin Saeed Al Thani for choosing the other Magpies.

After all with no emotional connection to Newcastle from a business point of view there is less debt, less turmoil, a knockdown price and potentially Notts could well be playing in the same division as United next year - if the threat of a mass exodus of players becomes a reality that is.

Running football clubs for dummies

By Lee Ryder on May 31, 09 12:52 PM

If ever you needed even more evidence that Mike Ashley hasn't got a clue how it all works up here on Tyneside - what many hope will be the beginning of the end of the Toon tycoon's ill-fated period in charge via the form of a statement in the Sunday press has rubber stamped it all.

Ashley's admission that he's not an "expert" when it comes to football is at least honest but it's too little, and far, far, far too late.

For crying out loud, we're in the Championship now and every single second tier club already has a one month advantage on us.

And the fact that Ashley and Co have wasted a week of messing around and not appointing Alan Shearer is also likely to count against us.

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Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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