Newcastle Continue Extremely Worrying Slump – Rafa On What Needs To Happen

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.

11Crystal Palace38-1044
13West Ham38-2042

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.

Comments welcome.

4 comments so far

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 11, 2017 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #1

    TOON on Saturday was like a Jigsaw puzzle – Loads of bits – bits joined together – bits missing – bits don’t fit and a Manager not sure how to fit the bits together

  • Mag52

    Dec 11, 2017 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #2

    The easy target here is the manager.
    We’ve seen it all before under Pardew. A run of poor results and there are calls for the manager to go.
    We should never forget the culprit now is, and has always been, our illustrious owner, Mike miserly Ashley. OK, Rafa can be accused of playing certain players, and not playing others, but the fact is he has a squad of mediocre players to juggle around with when compared with the squads he is coming up against in this division.
    It’s always been a question of a lack of investment by the owner, and should we get relegated again this season,(I don’t think we will, by the way), the fingers should be pointed fairly and squarely at none other than Mike Ashley.

  • Jib

    Dec 11, 2017 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #3

    Getting something from the Everton game
    is looking vital,
    Away to Arsenal on Saturday followed by
    the Hammers also away , tough games
    no gimmes in the PL.
    Lascelles and Dummy back with Atsu
    back on song should help with the back end of
    The 2 Man City games just 4 weeks apart is
    It has been decades since Rafa has had this
    kind of challenge.

  • Nickalano

    Dec 11, 2017 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #4

    I don’t think we will go down. We now have a fully fit squad. Our slump started when we Lost Lascelles and Atsu. The defence looks tight when Lascelles is organising things. I think Rafa needs to stop tinkering and revert back to what was successful a few months ago.


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