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Newcastle's season of hell

Joey Barton (left) and Alan Shearer


Despite the fanfare, there's no honeymoon. Shearer's first game in charge is a 2-0 home defeat to Chelsea, followed by a draw with Stoke, a loss to Spurs and a draw with Portsmouth.

Then, on 3 May, Joey Barton is sent off as Newcastle are thumped for a second time by Liverpool, a result which leaves the Magpies third from bottom with three games to play.


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