Benitez’ Problems Much Like Keegan´s Back in 2008

Rafa Benitez coming in to manage Newcastle reminds us of when Kevin Keegan returned to manage Newcastle back in January, 2008 when Sam Allardyce had been sacked and Kevin struggled to get his first win until the 9th league game in charge.

The big difference then was that Newcastle had 26 points from 22 games played when Kevin first arrived and were not really in danger of relegation.


Kevin Keegan back in 2008

Interestingly Kevin also had one point after his first four games in charge and in his first eight league games in charge Kevin had three draws and five defeats.

We conceded 18 goals and scored just four before we finally beat Fulham 2-0 at home on 22nd March and we moved up to 32 points from 31 games.

That was 6 points above the third bottom placed Bolton and at the we had a terrible goal difference of -24.

We also had big defeats and in consecutive games we lost at Aston Villa 4-1 and were beaten at home in the next game 5-1 by Manchester United.


Kevin kept saying as soon as Newcastle get the win the confidence will return to the players and we will be a lot better.

He was right and in the next five games we got three wins and two draws and finished the season 12th with 43 points.

In that seven game streak we had four wins and three draws (15 points) starting with a 1-1 away draw at Birmingham before we beat Fulham at home.

That´s why we need a win very soon because then our results can pick up – but we must get that first win.

The Keegan initial problems back in 2008 are interesting and similar to today´s and that helps to put things into perspective a little bit.

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