It’s a long wait to our next game next Saturday at Carrow Road against one of the many great little clubs in England – Norwich City – who get terrific support from their fans and it’s already a sell-out for the visit of the much bigger and more famous club – Newcastle United – in six days time.
But our team has been hopeless since 2012 and we only just survived relegation last season, but we are even worse off this season after the Board in their wisdom followed their woeful choice of John Carver as head coach last season after Alan Pardew left – with another poor choice – Steve McClaren.
The result is that we will be lucky to survive this season – especially with an away record of 12 defeats in 15 games, with only 7 goals scored.
Rafa Benitez – our only remaining hope is this man
No doubt Norwich and all the other clubs we will visit in the remaining five away games this season will know all about that terrible record, which shows a lack of fight and spirit away from St. James’ Park.
But we must start to pick up points – especially in this relegation 6 pointer next Saturday.
If we cannot, then we will become a Championship side next season, looking for a new manager in the summer – and we will be in the football wilderness again.
That’s while other clubs like Leicester, Stoke, Southampton, Watford, West Brom and Swansea build up their teams with the big money coming in from the Premier League.
If we are relegated Newcastle will be laying employees off and cutting costs as we get peanuts as a Championship club – although for a couple of years we do get some parachute payments from the Premier League.
That’s almost completely due to the incompetent people at the top running the club – including owner Mike Ashley who is always ultimately responsible for the club.
It’s a tough game on Saturday – no doubt about it – but the very least the very long-suffering Newcastle fans deserve is to see their team turn up – in both halves and fight it out with the Norwich City players.
Make no mistake – the Norwich players will be ready for this game and they know all about our new manager Rafa Benitez and his presence on the touchline will only act as an extra incentive to manager Alex Neil and his players.
They will want to win this game, which would put Newcastle in a really dire position.
Rafa seems to be the only hope we have – and if we are relegated in the summer he will leave, so there will be no hope – well not too much of it any way.
It’s now up to our players to show some fight, spirit and not a little guts and go all out for the win we need at Carrow Road.
Howay The Lads!!