The very poor run we are in right now is a bit similar to the one Kevin Keegan had when he arrived back at Newcastle to take over as manager on January 16th, 2008 after Sam Allardyce had been sacked.
Every fan expected Kevin to start winning games immediately, but that didn’t happen because as good as Kevin Keegan, and Rafa Benitez are as managers – they are not supermen (unfortunately).
Kevin went eight league games plus a 3-0 defeat at Arsenal in the FA Cup 4th round before getting his first win for Newcastle in his 10th game in charge.
That was a much welcome 2-0 win at home to Fulham on 22 March 2008.
Kevin Keegan – with assistants Hughton and McDermott – in early 2008
In the first 8 games in the league, Kevin had only 3 draws and five defeats to show for his efforts and we had been sliding down the league table.
In the four games after we beat Fulham 2-0, Newcastle went on to win three and draw one.
Kevin had rightly predicted during the barren initial spell that once Newcastle got a win, everything would be better because the players would have that added confidence needed to win games.
That’s where Newcastle are right now.
Once we get our next win and 3 more points – it will give the lads confidence and hopefully we can go back to the way we played in the first 9 games.
The difficulty with the team Rafa has this season is it’s full of younger players who lack experience.
In our next 6 games if we can say get at least two wins then we can strengthen the squad in the January transfer window, and we are hoping Rafa will get some funds from owner Mike Ashley to do that.
Here are the next six games we have to play before the FA Cup 3rd round at home to Luton Town:
Date Fixture KO time
Wed 13 Dec Newcastle vs Everton 19:45 Sat 16 Dec Arsenal vs Newcastle 15:00 Sat 23 Dec West Ham vs Newcastle 15:00 Wed 27 Dec Newcastle vs Man City 19:45 Sat 30 Dec Newcastle vs Brighton 15:00 Mon 1 Jan Stoke vs Newcastle 15:00
The very worst thing that can happen now is for players or fans to start to panic.
Let’s keep supporting Rafa and the players and help get that next win asap!