When we were relegated in 2009 Newcastle were nearly always above the bottom three, but it was a terrible run-in to the season – when in the final 12 games of the season we picked up only one win and three draws – 6 points.
So let’s hope we pick up more than 6 points this season in our final 12 games, because otherwise we will end up with 30 points – 4 less than in our relegation season – and definitely be relegated – and deserve to be too.
Rob Lee – former great Newcastle midfielder
And in that season we had the sixth most expensive wage bill in the Premier League and most pundits thought we would be safe – too good to go down – was the phrase used.
Especially when Alan Shearer was appointed manager with 8 games to go on April 1st of 2009, when most Newcastle fans thought we would be safe after that appointment.
We were all wrong.
So it’s with that little bit of history in mind that we comment on what former Newcastle great Rob Lee has said in his column in the Chronicle today.
Rob is 1o0% certain Newcastle will not be relegated and here is some of what he had to say:
“With a dozen games left of the campaign, even though Newcastle United are still languishing in the Premier League relegation zone, I remain 100% confident the Magpies will not go down.”|
“I’ve seen a lot of the teams battling down at the bottom of the Premier League, and I believe there are at least three worse sides than United.”
“It’s something I’ve said for a while, and I still maintain it. Newcastle are a decent Premier League team – no better and no worse than that.”
With 12 games to in 2009 Newcastle had 28 points and we were 14th in the league with a goal difference of -9.
Today we are in a worse position with 24 points, 3rd bottom and a goal difference of -22.
We don’t have much confidence in Steve McClaren as the head coach and he has spent most of the season telling us why everything will be OK in May, even though we have been in the bottom four all season.
He should have been fired before now, but our real fear is the club will stick with him and hope for the best – even if results continue to be poor, and it could then be too late.
Newcastle’s strategy when facing possible relegation seems to be just that – do nothing and hope for the best.
Or maybe it’s no knee jerk reactions, keep calm and hope for the best?
Loyalty is good and we have nothing against Steve personally – but loyalty is not good when it’s overdone to the extent that it puts the club in danger of being relegated.
And at the moment we are in severe danger of being relegated, as we were last season when we also did nothing about it.
Of course the best solution is that we start to win some games and pull away from the relegation zone, but we’ve been saying that all season.
What do you think about out current situation?