3) Jack Charlton
The manager took the job after Arthur Cox left having got the team promoted to the first division recently. He signed some new players with a little extra budget he had before the 1985-86 season. He also gave chances to young talents. In his first season in charge, he avoided relegation after finishing in 14th place. Charlton lost more games than he won or drew. He played boring football and was not backed by the management. He wasn’t allowed to sign future legend Eric Gates. He eventually left during pre-season after being barracked by fans.
2) Joe Kinnear
Kinnear was given the Newcastle job after 4 years of being without any managerial job and had not managed a top-flight time since 1999. He was appointed initially as an interim manager after the departure of Kevin Keegan. The Irish manager was in charge of 22 games with a win percentage of only 22.22%. He had discipline issues, usually swore a lot, and even got player’s names wrong sometimes. His job at St. James’ Park ended with a health scare when he had to undergo a heart bypass surgery. Newcastle went on to get relegated under Alan Shearer after Joe left.
1) Osvaldo Ardiles
The Argentine’s time at St. James’ Park is one of the worst managerial tenures in the Magpies’ history. He was the first foreign coach of the club. He didn’t have much support from the boardroom. He lasted only almost 12 months as Newcastle’s manager and was in charge of 47 games and won only 10 of them with a win percentage of 21.28% which is the worst in this list of managers. The team was at the bottom of the second division under him but eventually avoided relegation after he left.