Newcastle are dropping very close to the relegation zone in 16th place with 15 points from the first 16 league games.
That’s one point worse off than we were at the same stage with Steve McClaren in charge two years ago – but we don’t have as good a team this season as two years ago.
That’s mainly because the owner again refused to invest in the playing squad and preferred to ensure the financials of Newcastle were in good shape so he could finally sell the club.
But it’s now all coming back to haunt us and could even see us relegated this season for the third time under Mike Ashley.
It’s possible, but we don’t expect that will happen if the fans all stick together during what is another very difficult time for the club.
Some good news is that Mikel Merino is coming back into form after being out for several games with his back injury, and he has been interviewed by the local press.
Mikel, as usual, is upbeat.
Mikel Merino – coming back into some form
Here’s what the 21-year-old Spanish U21 International had to say about the 3-2 loss to Leicester City on Saturday:
“It was a disappointing result for us.”
“We have to think positive. We have another match. “We did a lot of good things. We managed the second half mostly with our possession and intensity.”
“But we must keep improving and the results will come.”
“The other teams can play. The other teams are good individually. “We’re having some mistakes in small things.”
“The team did some things good, but the goals we conceded weren’t perfect. “We have to believe in ourselves and keep going.”
“If we keep going with our efforts and the fans see that, like against Leicester they saw a united team, a family, playing football, and all together we will do things.”
“Our squad’s perfect for Premier League,” “All the players here are capable. I believe in each one and that this team is a great team.”
“We know we’ve lost again, and we’re not going through a good period, but we have to make sure we don’t lose our minds.”
“We have shown this season that we’re a good team with good players when we were higher up the table.”
“We don’t need to change everything because of five bad results. We have to be strong.”
“We have to think about the next match. Nothing beyond that. “We’re disappointed.”
“We know that we could have won this game. “We know we have to give more than we are giving.”
“The good things are that we have the chances to do it.”
Here’s the upcoming six games we have through January 1st – we have to start winning games soon.
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
Wonder how many points we can get from those six games?
Howay The Lads!!