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.

Comments welcome.

2 comments so far

  • hkToon

    Apr 13, 2016 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #1

    Honestly we have the easiest fixtures when comparing to others, I believe 4 wins are enough to safe.

    Keep the faith…

  • msk21dec

    Apr 13, 2016 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #2

    When keegan came we had a rubbish team being played in crap formations. when keegan played 4312 with owen behind martins and viduka we started winning and owen scoring.
    Now pards, mclaren and benitez keep playing 4231 and we struggle. we dont have players suited to 4231 our players will play well if we play 442 with a withdrawn striker to help midfield or a proper 433. I said for few years now if we play 4231 we always struggle. No manager has worked this out and that makes me wonder how are they professional managers.
    As far as im concerned if benitez plays 4231 against swansea and man city we will pretty much lose and be relegated. Benitez has to play 442 or 433 if we are to survive. Also sissoko and other players arent playing so well because they are played out of position and in formations that dont suit them any players will struggle and be deflated by this. Also to get best out of shelvey he needs to play with a midfielder either side in a 3 man midfield not with 1 midfielder. Rafa now that ive given you some FACTS… over to you. Id try 442 Darlow, Anita, mbemba, lascelles, dummet, obertan, tiote, colback, aarons, perez, mitrovic or 4312 Darlow, anita, mbemba, lascelles, dumett, tiote, shelvey, colback, de jong, perez, mitro. Id honestly drop sisso because hes underperformed too long. Benitez needs to make changes not train and hope.


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