In the last eight games, Newcastle have gone from being very comfortable in the league table to 5th bottom and being the team most out of form in the Premier League.
And we have the worst record in November and so far in December.
It’s been a calamitous fall, and one of the worst Newcastle have had in our Premier League history.
But the good thing is it’s happened early in the season, and there is time to correct things and get Mike Ashley and/or Amanda Staveley to invest in the transfer window next month.
Getting some good players in and having players like Jamaal Lascelles back in the side should make it possible to survive this season.
Rafa Benitez – reaching our target by Christmas will be difficult
But it will not be easy, and it looks like this is the third successive season in the Premier League we will be fighting against relegation.
Hopefully the cause of those relegation seasons – owner Mike Ashley – will soon leave Newcastle United and a new era will begin.
Tthe first achievement in that new era has to be we remain a Premier League club by May – otherwise, it will be (another) disaster.
Here’s some of what Rafa has said in his press conference today on what needs to happen to turn things around:
“The main thing is to analyze what is going on and to try to find solutions. Leicester is a good team and we conceded a late own goal.”
“Against Everton, we made a mistake and then couldn’t manage in the second half. We have to learn how to do that if we want to win games.”
“We have to stay calm, keep going and cut out the mistakes. It’s not enough to do well for 15, 30 or 45 mins.”
“It is a positive, but we have to do it for longer and take our chances. You also need a bit of luck. Soon it will be enough to win.”
“We have what we have, we are what we are. That is the reality. We have to stay united if we want to come through this.”
“The target is still 20 points for Christmas, but yes it will be hard.”
We have only two games to go before the halfway point of the league – 19 games played – so we will have to beat both Arsenal and West Ham away to meet the target.
That seems amazing given that we had 14 points and 10 games to play to get only 6 points to reach the 20 points target by Christmas.
Amazing and worrying at the same time.