Newcastle were due to play Manchester City at home on Sunday 28th February but with City reaching the final of the League Cup by beating Everton 3-1 that game will have to be rescheduled and therefore we will have time on our hands after playing at Chelsea on 13th February and having to face Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on March 2nd.
Manchester City will play Liverpool in the final after the Reds scraped past Stoke City on penalties.
Steve McClaren – will have chance to integrate new players into the team
Here is the current schedule of our remaining 15 league games, the results of which will ultimately decide whether we get relegated this season:
February Wed 03 19:45 A Everton Sat 06 15:00 H WBA Sat 13 17:30 A Chelsea Sun 28 12:00 H Manchester City March Wed 02 19:45 A Stoke City Sat 05 15:00 H Bournemouth Mon 14 20:00 A Leicester City Sun 20 13:30 H Sunderland April Sat 02 15:00 A Norwich City Sat 09 15:00 A Southampton Sat 16 15:00 H Swansea City Sat 23 15:00 A Liverpool Sat 30 15:00 H Crystal Palace May Sat 07 15:00 A Aston Villa Sun 15 15:00 H Tottenham
Newcastle are already out of the FA Cup, which means we also have a free weekend on February 20th.
The extra time will allow for at least a couple of things beneficial to Newcastle.
- It will give Steve McClaren and the coaching staff time to integrate our new players into the side and how he wants the new Newcastle to play.
- It will also give time for any injuries we pick up to start clearing up so hopefully we can field near our strongest side in a lot of the remaining fixtures.
There will also be intense pressure on Steve McClaren to show with the new reinforcements coming in he can start getting some results from the next three games.
If he cannot then owner Mike Ashley may start thinking about possibly bringing in a replacement like David Moyes, but it would be best if Steve can start getting results.
If we do badly in the next three games, we will remain near the bottom of the league table which would not be good for morale at all, but if we can can pick up some points against Everton, West Brom and Chelsea we could be on our way.
Here’s hoping for the latter scenario.
What do you think?