Rafa Has Done His Homework – Reveals Surprising Promotion Stats

During his press conference today for the game at Brentford tomorrow, Rafa Benitez said he has done his homework and looked back on about the last thirteen seasons and it was unusual for the relegated sides to get straight back to the Premier League although we did that seven years ago.

Last season Hull City and Burnley got straight back up after being relegated in the previous season,  but Rafa has pointed out that is not the norm.

Rafa Benitez with DeAndre Yedlin in training

This is what Rafa said in his press conference today for the game at Brentford tomorrow:

“I have done my research. Of the teams relegated in the last years, in 2012/2013 nobody came up, in 2013/2014 there was one – in the play-offs.”

“After that there was another one – in the play-offs, and last year there were two – one in the play-offs again.”

“So, as you can see, it is not easy.” “If you have one or two weeks where you are not doing well, you can lose three games.”

“As we saw last night, with Reading and Queens Park Rangers, anything can happen.” (QPR won 1-0 away at Reading).

“The competition is so difficult. It is important to stay calm, focus, and make sure we are strong during the whole season – especially at the end, when you have so many games.”

“Obviously, we are working hard to try and find the right players for us in January.” “We have brought Sammy Ameobi and Jamie Sterry back, who were doing well.”

“We have fewer players because of the Africa Cup of Nations, so we will continue working.”

“Cheick Tiote has had a lot of clubs asking for him. Now, there are two or three who are really interested. We will see if we can find the best solution for him, for us and for everyone.”

“We have to fight until the last month.”

Newcastle are without three players who are at the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon – Christian Atsu, Mohamed Diame and Chancel Mbemba – with that tournament finally getting underway tomorrow.

So it looks like Rafa will keep Sammy Ameobi and Jamie Sterry for the rest of the season at Newcastle as part of the first team squad.

There is also a chance that Cheick Tiote could be leaving the club this month – finally – with Rafa saying there are three clubs interested in signing the 30 year-old midfielder.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • Bobbybee

    Jan 13, 2017 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #1

    Jib, spot on marra, that’s exactly what I meant. 🙂
    Anyway, thanks for another day’s spiffing conversation. Another day of really good football chat. Thoroughly enjoyable. Got to do my taxi bit for now. I actually want Derby to win tonight, so I’ll enjoy that game I reckon. Let those below us keep taking points off each other and for us to keep winning. The recipe for promotion. Later all.

  • Jib

    Jan 13, 2017 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #2

    rip Lord Snowdon
    Sorry Ron !

  • Bobbybee

    Jan 13, 2017 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #3

    As I leave, just in case anybody hasn’t got it yet – I effing hate this window!!!!! Bye! 🙂

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 13, 2017 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #4

    For the record, Jib:-

    Ron Knee // Jan 13, 2017 at 3:16 PM

    RIP Lord Snowdon (Not football-related!)

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 13, 2017 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #5

    Somebody posted a list of how many clubs have gone back up first time, it’s quite frightening and I think we take it for granted the way we romped home last time, bit of a one off us and WBA done.


    Jan 13, 2017 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #6

    Tiote leaving frees up a wedge of wages budget (unless we have to pay him off of course) might see in comings due to that…hopefully anyway

  • Moonraker15

    Jan 13, 2017 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #7

    Anyone watching Leeds v Derby will now know how we got relegated! McClaren obviously hasn’t a clue!


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