Mike Ashleys biggest mistake was to give the fans exactly want they wanted, the"messiah".
then Shearer. I still dont understand why everyone connected with the club still craves shearer as boss. He played 8 games, changed tactics 3 times per game, and only won one againsta side that finished below them.
If they had stuck with big Sam they would never be in this mess.
Top 4? You've not been top 4 material since you bottled the title to the Mancs. A few dabbles in the UEFA cup was barely top six time. Seeing whats happened to Citeh should give you hope though. Someone should see the potential in the club and think, for less than Ronaldo+Tevez you get a club with a weekly gate of 55,000+ that could easily be expanded to 72,000, and should be Champions league in a few years given the right manager and a bunch of wealthy owners. Will it happen? Well its going to take foresight, which is in short supply at most clubs.
so many overrated players under one roof: duff smith coloccini nolan ameobi. is it really any wonder?? i agree with ships_cat though they are a club that given errr a whole new team and a decent manager, could be back in the premiership fairly quickly. until someone comes in and gives the club direction they are never going to achieve anything