If Benitez Emulates Sir Bobby Robson – We´ll Just Survive

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.

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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.

1999
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.

Take it.

Howay The Lads!!