At the beginning of the season the three relegated clubs Newcastle, Norwich and Aston Villa were the top favorites to be promoted back to the Premier League.
And after we made a very shaky start with those two defeats both Newcastle and Norwich are very well placed in the league table.
But that’s not the case for Aston Villa who have only one win in their first 11 games, are in 19th place and today sacked their manager Roberto Di Matteo.
Kieron Dyer while he was at Newcastle 1999-2007
Rafa is adamant that he wants the team and his players to keep improving – which they have done since those first two games so if that continues things will be looking good.
Former Newcastle player Kieron Dyer thinks Newcastle are very well positioned with Rafa Benitez in charge and he said these positive things about the club on Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday show:
“I think that it was the best thing that Newcastle went down because they’ve now got a manager who will run the club.”
“They will go straight back up and probably won’t go down ever again.” “I think Norwich and Newcastle will run away with the league.”
One thing Rafa will never let the Newcastle players do is get too big for their boots.
As we saw at Rotherham United on Saturday you have to be on your game and concentrate fully if you want to win a game in the Championship.
It truly is one of the toughest leagues in the world.