Newcastle “devastated” at relegation, will “scrutinize” their struggles

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Newcastle United has issued a statement on its relegation to the Championship, and it hasn’t come from owner Mike Ashley.

Managing director Lee Charnley (with Ashley, left) says the club will scrutinize what led the club to be dismissed from the Premier League in what of the richest and most important years for survival in the league’s history.

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Understandably he’s not happy.

From NUFC.co.uk (Full statement here):

Tonight we are devastated at our relegation from the Premier League, as I know every single person connected to this football club will be.

I want to thank all of the fans for the support you have shown for the Club you love throughout the season, in spite of this massive disappointment and underachievement.

Since instantly returning to the Premier League after its first PL relegation in 2009, the Magpies have finished 12th, 5th, 16th, 10th, 15th and now either 18th or 19th.

The club vowed to learn from last year’s near relegation, then hired Steve McClaren and dug a Championship-sized hole. Rafa Benitez could not bring the Magpies to level ground, and the future is a big question mark for the biggest club in Northeast¬†England.