It´s been another terrible season for Newcastle fans and once again as May comes around we are struggling against relegation.
Last season it was caused by John Carver losing eight games in a row before we finally got he 4 points that saved us over the final three games and that win in the final game at home to West Ham.
This season the incompetent Board who appointed Steve McClaren left him in charge for far too long as he lost game after game and then when he was finally sacked we have just 24 points from 28 games – the worst record ever in the Premier League for Newcastle.
We had also been in the bottom six all season and usually in the bottom three.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle United manager
To put things in perspective this was Steve´s league record when he was finally sacked.
In came Rafa Benitez but things didn´t start too well for the former Liverpool manager and we lost three of the first four games with just one point and it looked like we would be relegated long before the final game of the season.
But fast forward four games and 8 points with wins at home over Swansea and Crystal Palace and draws against two European semi-finalists Manchester City and Liverpool and things suddenly look a lot better.
Here´s Rafa´s record at Newcastle so far.
It´s still not completely in our control, but this is what the bottom of the table now looks like.
It´s down to only two games now and if Rafa Benitez can save us, make no mistake about it, this will be one of his greatest accomplishments in football and he knows it.
You can see how motivated the Benitez team is when the final whistle was blown on Saturday and we got a precious 3 points – they were simply delighted.
They know that if they can save Newcastle they will have a new Liverpool and Valencia on their hands and can quickly create a team that will challenge for a top four position in the Premier League.
The Newcastle fans know that too – so it’s not simply about avoiding relegation this season.
It´s about keeping Rafa Benitez at the club so he can start building a top side again and we can all look forward to greatness returning to Newcastle United Football Club.
It´s down to two games – and surely two wins will do it.
But you will not hear Rafa talking about the last game against Tottenham this week – only about his single-minded approach to how he can orchestrate a win at Villa Park.
Get a win in that game and it´s all down to the last game.
As we said we are two wins from safety and then the Rafa Revolution could be in full swing starting in the summer with good players now (suddenly) wanting to join Newcastle.
If that doesn´t happen there´s going to be a lot of uncertainty surrounding Newcastle this summer.
We don´t want that.
Howay The Lads!!