We are struggling in the Premier League to hold our own and have one point to show from the last eight league games.
But we are playing Arsenal and Manchester City as two of our next three games so things could start to get even worse for Newcastle.
Such is the short-sightedness of Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, who for the second transfer window running in the summer refused to back Rafa Benitez with sufficient transfer funds.
Rafa has every right to feel slighted by Mike Ashley for not keeping his word last summer, but like an excellent professional he is, the Spanish manager is simply trying to do the best he can with the players he has available,
But there have been some signs in the last two months our players may not be good enough for the Premier League.
And news that the lads have decided to cancel their Christmas party in the midst of what could be a disastrous season.
Rafa Benitez – with captain Jamaal Lascelles
Hopefully, this the final season in the terrible reign of Mike Ashley – he’s almost destroyed the club by his foolish actions over ten years.
This could also be my last season on the blog depending completely on my health, and I was hoping for some (little) success – but it’s not going to happen.
We are hoping that Rafa and the lads – with the help of some new players in January – can turn things around.
Captain Jamaal Lascelles and some senior players discussed the situation with Mr. Benitez and decided not to have a Christmas Party this year.
Here’s what Rafa has said about that Christmas party as reported in the Northern Echo:
“Normally, we (Rafa and coaching team) do not do have a party, and the players have also decided to cancel their Christmas party.”
“They have taken responsibility and they think it’s important to have the right focus,” “They have canceled.”
“They want to give a very clear message that they care, and they want to do things right. On the pitch, you can win or not, but they realize they have to be focused on doing things right.”
“There was no pressure from me. I was asking four or five players about it, and they were very clear: ‘Oh no, we cannot’, and that was it. They talked between themselves and decided.”
“I think it’s the right thing. Obviously, if you are asking me, this group of players are working so hard so I could not have said to them, ‘You do not deserve to do this or that’.”
“They are giving everything, but they have decided this, and I think that’s very positive.”
We cannot (and will not) blame the players – they are doing the very best they can.