Newcastle had a great season last year and we finished in 5th place, and for the first time in six years we were back in Europe – where we think we belong.
And we even did well in Europe this season, and it in the quarter final game at home against Benfica just over three weeks ago, we were one goal short of reaching the semi-finals with over 10 minutes to go in the game.
But we didn’t make it, and in our four league games since then you could say that Newcastle have cratered.
We’ve had two games at home against Sunderland and Liverpool and two games away at West Brom and West Ham – and if we do get relegated – in two weeks time to be specific – it will be those four games that will be looked on as where we lost it all.
Not only did we get only two points from these games – but our goal difference went tn down by nine goals – and amazingly those were in the two home games we played at the once sacred St. James’ Park.
With Wigan about to execute another one of their escape acts, which they do every season, we could see the drop for the second time in four years – that’s now a distinct possibility after yesterday’s games.
We hope we don’t go down of course, but it seems that every game that goes by we are mired deeper and deeper in relegation trouble, so our timing of having a terrible run of results is not good – we have only one win in the last seven games.
And when did a side competing in Europe ever get relegated?
We don’t think it’s ever happened before – although we do tend to get some things wrong on this blog.
But we believe that if Newcastle do go down we will make history by being the first club in England to participate in Europe and get relegated in the same season.
That would not be good – and that’s a massive understatement.
We wonder if our players really know the gravity of the situation we are in right now?
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