Just when we thought the terrible past was behind and we had done so well last season under Rafa Benitez to come straight back to the Premier League, things have started to fall apart a little.
We have only one win in the last 11 games and one point from the last 21 played for – one of the worst runs ever by Newcastle in the Premier League.
It is also the worst run Rafa has had in his management career, and the Chronicle is reporting it is now uncharted territory for him.
We do have all our 26 players in the first team squad now fit, but it’s going to be a tough game on Wednesday night at home to Everton who drew with Liverpool 1-1 yesterday at Anfield – a terrific result.
They now have two wins and a draw in their first three games under new manager Sam Allardyce.
Newcastle are now in 16th place just two places and two points above the relegation zone.
Rafa Benitez – uncharted territory
This is what Rafa has said about the situation:
“At the start of September you could see it could be a difficult season. I’ve said that all along, unfortunately.”
“The only way you can change things is by working harder and better. Yes, for sure, I think we can do it and stay up.”
“But it depends on the other teams. If they have two or three chances and they take two of them, then you will suffer.”
“We have to create more chances if possible and not give them so many.”
“We have to do it, I have to keep going because I see how hard the players work, how hard they train every day so it’s just a question of cutting out the mistakes.”
“Sometimes you make mistakes and you are not punished, but every mistake seems to be a goal we concede.”
“I can only concentrate on preparing the team for the next game, that is it.”
“People were very disappointed, it’s not easy when you lose a game at home when the atmosphere was as good as that.”
“The way that we lost the game, it is hard.”
“What I said before and I will say it again, the only way is for players, supporters, staff and everyone to stick together.”
“It is not the time to make excuses, it is the time to analyze what is going on and improve quickly.”
“I think the supporters are smart, they have known since day one that it is going to be a tough season and now it is just a question of realizing it is going to be like this.”
“I think the supporters appreciate the players’ effort but it is difficult, when you lose another game, to try and explain everything.”
“But this team is working so hard, it is trying so hard to win games.
“We are reacting in the right way when things are going wrong, but we have to learn to manage the situation.”
“We are still making a lot of mistakes and it is quite difficult for everybody.”
“All we can do is keep working harder.”
Here’s where we stand in the table.
The future of Newcastle depends on our staying up this season – so let’s keep supporting the team and Rafa as much as we can.
Yes – this is also all very painful and difficult.