2008–09 Newcastle United F.C. Season - Chronological List of Events

Chronological List of Events

  • 6 June 2008: David Rozehnal was sold to Lazio.
  • 17 June 2008: Managing director Chris Mort stepped down as chairman and was replaced, as expected, by Derek Llambias.
  • 24 June 2008: Richard Money was appointed new Academy Director.
  • 30 June 2008: Stephen Carr, Peter Ramage and James Troisi left the club after contract expiry.
  • 2 July 2008: Jonás Gutiérrez was signed from RCD Mallorca.
  • 4 July 2008: Steven Taylor signed a three-year extension.
  • 11 July 2008: Danny Guthrie was signed from Liverpool.
  • 14 July 2008: Sébastien Bassong from FC Metz was taken on trial for a week.
  • 14 July 2008: Emre Belözoğlu was sold to Fenerbahçe.
  • 16 July 2008: Robbie Elliott returned to the club to work as strength and conditioning coach alongside senior fitness coach, Mark Hulse.
  • 16 July 2008: Alan Thompson joined the coaching staff as new academy coach.
  • 30 July 2008: Sébastien Bassong came one step closer to being a Newcastle player when a fee was agreed between Newcastle United and FC Metz.
  • 7 August 2008: Arthur Cox resigned as assistant manager and returned to his retirement from football.
  • 15 August 2008: Fabricio Coloccini became a Newcastle United player, signing a 5 year contract.
  • 15 August 2008: Abdoulaye Faye was sold to Stoke City.
  • 20 August 2008: Shola Ameobi's proposed move to Ipswich Town failed due to injury problem.
  • 27 August 2008: James Milner handed in a written transfer request.
  • 29 August 2008: James Milner was sold to Aston Villa for a fee of £12 million.
  • 29 August 2008: Kamil Zayatte from BSC Young Boys was training with the first-team squad.
  • 1 September 2008: Ignacio González from Valencia was taken on a season-long loan deal.
  • 1 September 2008: Xisco was signed from Deportivo de La Coruña.
  • 2 September 2008: Kevin Keegan was rumoured to have resigned or been sacked as manager but official statements from the club later denied those speculations.
  • 4 September 2008: Kevin Keegan resigned as manager after several days of discussions with the board.
  • 5 September 2008: Anil Ambani was again rumored to be interested in a £220 million take over and bring Kevin Keegan back.
  • 6 September 2008: Chris Hughton was named caretaker manager following the departures of Terry McDermott and Adam Sadler.
  • 8 September 2008: Ray Gooding was appointed academy scout joining from Coventry City.
  • 14 September 2008: Mike Ashley announced his intention to sell club following a series of protests by Newcastle supporters angry at Kevin Keegan's departure.
  • 17 September 2008: Mike Ashley was rumored to have snubbed a £200m. bid for the club from Dubai-based Zabeel Investments, instead demanding £481m.
  • 22 September 2008: Keith Harris from Seymour Pierce was appointed to act on the potential sale of the club by the board.
  • 23 September 2008: A Nigerian consortium was rumored to line up a £350m. take over bid and bring Kevin Keegan back.
  • 26 September 2008: Joe Kinnear named interim manager.
  • 9 October 2008: Tony Jimenez left the club to pursue other interests.
  • 25 October 2008: Newcastle lost away to Sunderland AFC for the first time in 28 years.
  • 28 November 2008: Joe Kinnear announced as manager until the end of the season.
  • 14 December 2008: Newcastle United claimed their first away victory of the season with a 3-0 win over Portsmouth FC with goals from Michael Owen, Obafemi Martins and Danny Guthrie
  • 28 December 2008: The sale of the club was called off by Mike Ashley.
  • 12 January 2009: Peter Løvenkrands was taken on trial for a week.
  • 23 January 2009: Peter Løvenkrands signed until the end of the season.
  • 26 January 2009: Colin Calderwood joined as a first-team coach until the end of the season.
  • 30 January 2009: Kevin Nolan signed from Bolton on a four-and-a-half year deal.
  • 1 February 2009: Shay Given was sold to Manchester City.
  • 2 February 2009: Ryan Taylor signed from Wigan with Charles N'Zogbia going in the other direction.
  • 13 February 2009: Joe Kinnear underwent a triple heart bypass operation.
  • 27 March 2009: Peter Beardsley returned to Newcastle once again to coach players at the academy.
  • 1 April 2009: Alan Shearer was announced as temporary manager, to fill in for Kinnear until the end of the 2008-09 season.
  • 1 April 2009: Dennis Wise resigned from his post as Executive Director (Football) following Alan Shearer's appointment as temporary manager.
  • 1 April 2009: Iain Dowie was announced as new assistant manager while Colin Calderwood and Chris Hughton would continue in their coaching roles.
  • 3 April 2009: Paul Ferris returned to the club to be part of Shearer's backroom staff working as physio.
  • 24 May 2009: Newcastle United relegated to The Championship after a 1-0 loss away to Aston Villa.
  • 26 May 2009: Alan Shearer was rumoured to be offered a new four-year deal by Newcastle United, becoming permanent manager of the team.
  • 30 May 2009: Around 150 full and part-time employees of the club were expected to be laid off due to the relegation, including coach Colin Calderwood and Executive Director of Operations David Williamson.
  • 31 May 2009: Mike Ashley reportedly put the club up for sale with a £100m price tag.
  • 1 June 2009: A foreign-based group is believed to have talks regarding a £80m take over. Another group is also interested. Former chairman Freddy Shepherd is not involved with any of the groups so far.
  • 8 June 2009: The club is officially put up for sale for £100m confirmed through a club statement.
  • 12 June 2009: Several groups and consortiums are reported in talks with the club regarding a take over, including Singapore-based Profitable Group.

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