When Sir Bobby Robson came in to manage Newcastle United in early September, 1999, when Newcastle were second bottom of the league with one point from the first six games – we thought it would be interesting to see how Sir Bobby did in his first 10 games in charge.
That´s the number of games Rafa Benitez has to save Newcastle after the powers that be at the club left Steve McClaren in charge too long as he dug a deeper and deeper hole we had to get out of with each defeat – five in his last six games in charge – and even then Lee Charnley is reported to have still wanted to keep him in the job.
Anyway – as Rafa Benitez said last night on nufcTV – it´s now time to move on from what´s happened in the past.
Sir Bobby Robson – while at Newcastle
It´s generally thought that 5 wins and 15 points to get us up to 39 points – the total we had last season – would probably be enough to save us from relegation.
Sir Bobby didn´t get five wins but he got four wins and three draws, so he took 15 points from the first 10 games in charge.
So back then after 16 games we had 16 points.
Here´s the first 10 games that Robson managed at Newcastle and the results.
11 September Chelsea 1–0 Newcastle 19 September Newcastle 8–0 Sheffield Wednesday 25 September Leeds 3–2 Newcastle 3 October Newcastle 2–1 Middlesbrough 16 October Coventry 4–1 Newcastle 25 October Newcastle 2–0 Derby County 30 October Arsenal 0–0 Newcastle 7 November Newcastle 1–1 Everton 20 November Watford 1–1 Newcastle 28 November Newcastle 2–1 Tottenham
So it´s not going to be easy for Rafa to keep us up – by any means.
Let´s hope Rafa can do it, with the help of every single player giving 100% in every remaining game.
For the players they should think of it as a second chance at redemption.
It´s not often you get second chances in life.
Howay The Lads!!