It was always going to be difficult for Rafa Benitez to save Newcastle from the drop, after we made a bad start under the former Liverpool manager and lost three of the first four games.
We are unbeaten since then having collected two wins and three draws – 9 points from 5 games – but with Sunderland also picking up points it looks like it will be too little too late, although Rafa has Newcastle looking very organized these days.
The inability to score against Aston Villa – the first time Villa haven´t conceded a goal and lost in 12 games – may be the last straw after Sunderland beat Chelsea 3-2 – after being 2-1 down at half time.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager
We have kept two clean sheets in succession, so the defense has looked a lot better too – but we have still conceded 64 goals this season.
That makes it 254 goals conceded in the last four seasons – and we still didn´t bother to strengthen the defense enough last summer and in January?
The big question if we take the drop is whether Rafa will agree to stay on at the club and manage in the English second division, but that has to be a really long shot.
He started the season as manager of the world´s most famous and well known club – Real Madrid – and it will be some come down for the 56 year-old.
Of course. if it happens and he does agree to stay it will give Newcastle fans some real hope we can not only come straight back up, but be a force to be reckoned with in the Premier League in future years.
Newcastle United are in a complete mess from top to bottom – caused by incompetent people running the club for far too long.
And it´s not only the first team who have lost regularly this season, but also the U21 team and also our Youth side.
Rafa joined a club with a losing culture, every team was used to losing, and it takes time to change a culture in any organization.
The only thing that can save Newcastle now is to get Rafa signed up on a long term deal – let´s make it eight years for him and his assistant coaches.
If the club can do that there is some hope for the future and the faithful but beaten-down and long-suffering Newcastle fans.
Otherwise there is simply no hope and those running the club will continue to run it into the ground.
And if Lee Charnley is allowed to stay in place and pick the next head coach then we will be a third division side at this time next year.