May 31: Ashley puts the club up for sale for the second time, placing a £100-million price-tag on St James' Park and deciding he can not offer Alan Shearer the manager's job following three rounds of talks, leaving coach Chris Hughton in charge on interim basis.
Related ArticlesNewcastle highs and lowsNewcastle return to top flightSpeed hopes to delay Newcastle partyNewcastle edge towards promotionNolan hails Newcastle 'revolution'Sport on televisionJuly 25: Just days after a 20-man brawl involving coaches and players at Huddersfield, the nadir is reached by Newcastle as Chris Hughton's millionaires suffer a humiliating 6-1 defeat in a pre-season friendly at League One side Leyton Orient's Brisbane Road ground.
August 8: Newcastle confound the sceptic by kicking off the new season in promising fashion, coming from a goal behind at West Bromwich Albion to secure a 1-1 draw through Damien Duff's goal before beating Reading 3-0 a week later thanks to Shola Ameobi's hat-trick in the first game outside top tier on Tyneside since 1993.
August 18: Damien Duff follows Michael Owen, Mark Viduka, Sebastien Bassong, Obafemi Martins and Habib Beye out through the St James' Park exit door in a £4-million deal with Fulham as Newcastle try to slash their wage bill.
September 1: Hughton makes a transfer market coup by signing freeagent Peter Lovenkrands on a three-year deal.
October 20: Newcastle are given a reality check as they suffer a humbling 2-1 defeat at lowly Scunthorpe's Glanford Park ground.
October 27: Mike Ashley takes the club off the market after failing to strike a deal with Tyneside businessman Barry Moat and confirms Chris Hughton as Newcastle's new permanent manager.
January 26, 2010: Ashley sanctions the signing of reinforcements in the shape of Wayne Routledge, Mike Williamson, Danny Simpson and then striker Leon Best after his £1.8-million bid for Leeds forward Jermaine Beckford is rejected by Elland Road chairman Ken Bates.
February 5 The promotion bandwagon gathers momentum as Newcastle record a crushing 5-1 victory over play-off hopefuls Cardiff with Lovenkrands scoring twice at St James' Park where the hosts remain unbeaten all season.
March 22: Newcastle's seemingly serene progress suddenly suffers a set-back when it emerges centre-half Steven Taylor will miss the rest of the season after suffering a broken jaw in an alleged training ground bust-up with striker Andy Carroll who goes on to score the winner in a 1-0 victory at Doncaster the following evening.
March 29: Newcastle plant one foot firmly in the Premier League with a 2-0 win over third-placed Nottingham Forest in their televised promotion showdown thanks to goals from Shola Ameobi and Jose Enrique that have club owner Mike Ashley jumping for joy in the directors' box.
April 5: Newcastle secure promotion back to Premier League after Nottingham Forest fail to beat Cardiff City at the City Ground.