Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan has now admitted what is becoming more real with every dismal loss – that we are in a relegation scrap.
Kevin Keegan - relegation scrap now looms
Just 3 points from our last 10 league games that has seen us defeated 7 times, and a goal difference now of -22, the third worst in the league tells it all.
We were hoping for a good performance yesterday, and if we got that and didnâ€™t even win we even thought that would be OK. It would give us something to build on. But what we got yesterday was exactly the one thing we didn’t want – a poor performance and another heavy defeat.
Manchester United were streets ahead of us in everything they did and it got to be embarrassing towards the end of the game.
After the game Kevin said:
“I have said all along, we need 40 points this year, and we have got 28. Anybody who has not got 40 points can be relegated – and in the past, teams with 42, 43 have.â€“To get to 40, we need four wins, or three wins and three draws.”
“I am here for three and a half years. That’s what I signed for and that’s what I am here for.â€
“I took a job on. This is a club I love, this is a club I have managed before and this is a club that I want to take back where I think it belongs.â€
“My commitment is absolutely 100%. You cannot give any more than that and that’s what it is.”
Good words from Kevin, and we have to accept that if our form remains like that of yesterday, we will have difficulty even with the poorer teams in the league. But there is time for us to improve and improve we must.
The light at the end of the tunnel is that is we can survive, it will give Keegan a chance to vastly improve the squad, but we’ll need a lot more than 4 top players if we are to be a good team next season.