If Newcastle cannot start picking up some wins very soon then there will have to be massive changes made at the club this summer, because we will find ourselves a Championship club for only the second time in 24 years – but the second time in seven years with Mike Ashley as the owner.
That stoppage time goal by Olsson yesterday will now make it very difficult for Newcastle to avoid the drop and while it’s not impossible that we can still survive it means we need to pick up four or five wins in our last seven games – that’s not going to be easy.
Since we beat West Brom at home 1-0 on 6th February – the first game after the January transfer closed – we have picked up just one point from the last six games – so no wonder we are now 6 points from safety – it just hasn’t been good enough and we only have ourselves to blame – especially those running the club at the top.
We have never been ahead in any one of those previous six games and our goal difference has has gone from -18 to -27.
Rafa Benitez pointing out the Norwich goal came way past the one minute added time in first half
And if we do go down it’s going to be all change in the transfer market this summer as our current targets will be shelved.
Newcastle will also look to sell some players like Moussa Sissoko, Daryl Janmaat, Siem de Jong, Georginio Wijnaldum and others who will not want to play second division football in England.
And players like Steven Taylor, Gabby Obertan, Sylvain Marveaux, Yoan Gouffran, Sammy Ameobi, Haris Vuckic, Emmanuel Riviere and others will be let go in a massive clear-out of players.
We just envision the conversation when Lee Charnley asks Graham Carr which French players he likes this summer and has lined up to come in and help Newcastle fight their way out of the second division at the first attempt.
We suggest there should not be too many – in fact none – and we will need to bring in some British players that have leadership skills, because we are really short of those players this season.
That’s one reason we are in the mess we are in right now.
It’s not certain we will be relegated, but the loss to Norwich yesterday makes that much more likely now.
And if it happens we will need to bring in a new manager to replace Rafa Benitez – who will leave for pastures anew if he cannot save us.
Relegation will be an utter and total catastrophe for Newcastle if it happens – but now unfortunately it’s more likely than not – after yesterday’s devastating loss.
Here are the current league positions at the bottom – our one chance was to catch Norwich.