One of the reasons Rafa Benitez was so annoyed after the defeat on Saturday was that he knows results are important right now, so we are well positioned in the league table throughout this year.
The expected win against the Cherries didn’t come on Saturday, but if we had picked up a win (woulda, coulda, shoulda), we would be in 8th place with 17 points from 11 games and fairly comfortable.
But now we are just 6 points above the relegation zone and teams below us before this weekend of games – Bournemouth, Brighton, Huddersfield, and Everton – all won their games.
We now face some of the top teams in the division before the end of the year; we have to face the two Manchester clubs, Arsenal and Chelsea – very tough games for any side.
Mike Ashley – wants to sell this year
So we’re sure Rafa would have been a lot happier if we hadn’t lost our last two games against beatable opposition.
The last thing we need to happen now is a slump because if that happens, any would-be buyers could get cold feet very quickly.
It’s not good business to pay out over £300M for a club if it’s not clear they will be in the Premier League next season and getting some of that huge TV rights money.
We do expect a reaction from Newcastle after giving away two poor goals in the last two games, and it’s the second time this season we have had two successive defeats.
We lost our first two games against Tottenham and Huddersfield.
But whether or not we have new owners by the end of the year Newcastle must buy in January and if that means we have to sell some players to get the funds – then we have to do that.
The number one target this season is to survive in the Premier League, and after that, it’s to get as high up the table as possible.
Any slump now could affect any takeover plans, and that’s the reality whether we like it or not.