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Newcastle's season of misery

Alan Shearer

RELEGATION TRIGGERS HEARTBREAK

After a desperate battle which they never truly looked like winning, sorry Newcastle slipped out of the Premier League after 16 entertaining years in the top flight on the last day of the 2008-2009 season.

Hope usually spring eternal for football fans on Tyneside - but not now. Rarely did the Magpies look like a team of genuine quality and with a series of dramas on and off the pitch, many of them connected with managerial chances, staying afloat proved too much.

Here BBC Sport takes a look at how their tumultuous season played out…



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