With six defeats in a row and only 9 points from the last 42 points played for (14 games), struggling interim head coach John Carver has admitted Newcastle are now in a relegation fight.
John Carver – we’re in relegation fight
And if our performance at home yesterday in the 3-1 defeat against Tottenham was anything to go by, this team may not be good enough to get a win in the last five games, and we’ll be left hoping the teams below us don’t put win streaks together – like Leicester are doing at the moment with three wins in a row.
This is what John Carver has said when asked if the club is now in a relegation fight:
“Absolutely we’re in amongst it.” “You have got sides – and I’ll use Leicester as an example – who are winning games.” “We aren’t, but we have got to find a way of trying to find some points and put some points on the board.”
“I’m disappointed, I’m angry – I’ve got all the different emotions going through my head,” “But the bottom line is it’s another defeat and that’s not good enough.”
“You could see the nerves and the tension amongst everybody on the pitch – well, certainly in black and white – and it showed in that first-half performance.”
“There was a lot of huff and puff, and that’s about it.” “But we conceded a really poor goal again – a poor give-away – and before you know it, it’s in the back of your net, so you’re fighting an uphill battle.”
“We had a chat at half-time. I went quite positive – I thought I’d bring two guys on that would get us up the pitch with a bit of pace and a bit of drive – and we got off to a good start, scored a decent goal.”
“But it seemed to awaken Spurs and all of a sudden, the game changed again.” “We conceded a free-kick and conceded another stupid goal from a lateral free-kick, which seems to be our Achilles heel at the moment.”
“I think there’s enough experience to deal with it, yes,” “We have got to stop losing players, though, sendings-off and injury.”
It almost looks like the perfect storm is forming against Newcastle.
We refused to strengthen the side in January and even let a couple of good players leave the club which further weakened and already depleted squad.
Then we had more injuries and top players were suspended, and the inexperienced head coach we put in place to replace the departed Alan Pardew seem to be out of his depth.
If Newcastle do get relegated it will be study of everything not to do when you are 9th in the league at the half way mark and running a Premier League football club.
Too many chances were taken and Newcastle were left to get by for the rest of the season with a much depleted squad and an unproven head coach.
It would be an unmitigated disaster for Newcastle United if we are relegated, but every successive defeat makes it that much more likely.