Newcastle were in the automatic-promotion-places virtually the entire season.
And they actually drew about 1.7-K-per-game higher in the 2nd division last season than they did 2 seasons ago in the Premier League (51.0 K in 16/17 versus 49.7 K in 15/16).
He presided over some of Newcastle’s worst ever league form, including a run of eight consecutive defeats.
A win over West Ham on the final day of the season ultimately secured Newcastle survival.” .
Newcastle are nicknamed the Magpies (magpies, a large bird from the Corvid [crow] family, have black-and-white feathers).
Newcastle United, and especially their local supporters, also go by the name Geordies (a term dating back to the 18th century, see this, Geordie/Etymology).
The one bright spot was that Benitez, who won two Spanish titles with Valencia, the Champions League and the FA Cup with Liverpool, and who could get a top flight job in most any league on the planet, decided to stay with the project at Newcastle.
The club is the seventeenth highest revenue producing club in the world in terms of annual revenue, generating €169.3m in 2015.’ .2017-18 Premier League (1st division England, including Wales) – location-map with chart with: 16/17-crowds-&-finish titles-&-seasons-in-1st-division … By Bill Turianski on 17 July 2017; twitter.com/billsportsmaps. -Table, fixtures, results, attendance, stats…SUMMARY – Premier League [2017-18] (us.soccerway.com). Huddersfield Town won the 2017 Championship play-off Final at Wembley, beating Reading 0-0/4-3 in penalties; this means Huddersfield will play in the top flight for the first time in 45 years… Colours: Black-&-White [vertically-striped jerseys]. Location: Newcastle-upon-Tyne, situated (by road) 289 miles (465 km) N of London; and situated (by road) 98 miles (158 km) N of Leeds. Newcastle United are from Newcastle upon Tyne, in the county of Tyne and Wear. Brighton & Hove Albion finished in second and won the other automatic promotion to the Premier League, meaning Brighton will play in the top flight for the first time in 34 years. Nicknames: the Magpies; Geordies; the Toon (or the Toon Army).But the next season the bottom fell out, the atmosphere poisoned, and Newcastle finished in 16th place…they went from competing for a Champions League spot to a relegation-scrap in less than 12 months.Newcastle finished in 10th place the following season (2013-14), but it was much worse than it looked on paper, because the team ended the season losing 15 of their last 21 Premier League matches, and the Toon Army heaped further abuse on Pardew. However, Pardew maintained the support of owner Mike Ashley into the following season (2014-15), but then Pardew jumped ship to Crystal Palace in January 2015…“with assistant manager John Carver taking over until the end of the season.