Rafa has said he will now analyze what went wrong in the second half on Saturday which led to our 5th defeat this season and only 5 points and one win from our last 6 games.
We have dropped down to 11th place although we are still relatively well positioned in the league table and a full 6 points above the relegation zone.
The manager will have a lot to do over the next two weeks before we meet Manchester United a week on Saturday in the late kickoff game.
Some tough fixtures are coming up, and it’s vital that we keep picking up points before the end of the year.
Then when the January transfer window opens, we can strengthen the squad and hopefully by then the Mike Ashley will finally be over at Newcastle.
Please make that the case!
This is what Rafa has said as reported in the Chronicle:
“When you have experience, you know things will be like this. It’s a simple as that.”
“When things are going well, you want the fans to enjoy it, but that’s it.”
“The reality is you have to keep working and be sure, if something is wrong, that you find solutions.”
“Yes, obviously we are still in relatively good shape. To lose against anyone is frustrating, but especially against these teams and this fashion.”
“We have to learn quickly.”
“When you have experience, you know things can go wrong and then everybody will be blaming the others.”
“But now is the time to analyze, to change things, but this is a learning process.”
“My main priority is the team, so we have to look at the things we did wrong, especially in the second half and we have to correct that.”
The players we have will have to start playing near their best form so we can pick up sufficient points in the games through the end of this year to keep somewhere in the middle of the table.
We are also hoping (and praying) the club will be sold by then and we will get some big money from the new owners to invest in new players at the beginning of next year.
That’s what we are all hoping for, and Rafa will not want to wait until next summer to strengthen this side.