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Staying Up Is Massive For The City, The Club And For Us

6:28 am, Saturday, March 26th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 3 Comments

Rafa Benitez has done a lot of interviews over the last couple of days and he knows exactly what it means for Newcastle to stay in the Premier League this season.

To be relegated would be tragic for the city, the club, the long-suffering fans and for Rafa and his coaches – who will presumably leave Newcastle if that happens.

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This is what fans have felt like for most of the season

In an interview with the Chronicle Rafa was asked if we needed a specific number of wins to stay up:

“No – it’s not just depending on what we can do, it’s what the others do too.”

“You could say we have to win five. But then we are a team that could win six, you don’t know. I think the best way to approach it is one game at a time because you can’t look at games and say we will play this way or that way in a game.”

“The next game is Norwich.”

“We are just looking at which players are available and what we can do in the training session.”

“You can’t work out a game-plan for all eight games at once. You have to adapt little things depending on your team, who you have and the other team you are playing, week by week.”

“I will not think about how many points we need, I will think about the next three points available.”

“Look at Norwich at West Brom, nobody expected them to get three points at West Brom, but they did it. So you have to think we have an opportunity to get three points against Norwich and that’s what we will try to do.”

“I can see how important it is to stay up because we can improve things. It will be massive for the city and the club and massive for us.”

Just how Newcastle got into this terrible state is a very good question, especially since we have spent £82M on new players this season, the most of any club in the Premier League.

But right now the most important thing is to support the lads and hope that Rafa can save us from what looks like a terrible situation at the bottom of the league table.

PosTeamGamesGDPoints
Crystal Palace38-1242
16Bournemouth38-2242
17Sunderland38-1439
18Newcastle38-2137
19 Norwich38-2834
20Aston Villa38-4917

We just have to hope that Rafa Benitez can weave some of his magic quickly enough before the end of the season.

Comments welcome.



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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Grafton83 // Mar 26, 2016 at 6:46 AM

    In Rafa we trust, I haven’t completely ruled out Palace getting dragged into the relegation fight yet. Their form is shocking especially if you consider that in December they were on 31 points and right now they’re only on 33. A couple of wins and they’re fine but they have tough fixtures all the way through now so not necessarily a case of just us, Norwich or Sunderland going down.

  • 2 Blofal // Mar 26, 2016 at 6:56 AM

    I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Villa, Norwich and Palace get relegated.

  • 3 lesh // Mar 26, 2016 at 10:29 AM

    Rafa’s been at the Club a few days and he, a Spaniard to boot, recognises the importance of the Club and its status.

    Ashley’s owned it near nine years yet he can’t or won’t see it!

    What will it take to open his eyes?




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