We were hoping that the Newcastle squad this season would be good enough to be around mid-table but that doesn’t look like it’s the case.
We are now third bottom of the table after 18 games played and if we have a second half of the season like the first half – we are likely to be relegated.
What Rafa has to do is to persuade some good players to come into the club in January but it will be difficult with being in a relegation place.
Ans this is going to be a massive test of Benitez’ management abilities – probably the biggest test of his career.
But we also wouldn’t bet against Rafa who Jamie Carragher has said – just never gives up on anything.
Mike Ashley – yes – it’s painful for us too
Remember we got three wins in a row last season after being 7 points behind Brighton with 3 games to play – and we won the Championship.
If we can do that late in this season the chances are that we would survive.
So remember, anything is possible.
We thought we’d update our table of the 11 seasons under Mr. Mike Ashley.
He’s been a disastrous owner for Newcastle United.
The table tells the story.
|Premier Season||Position||Number of Points|
|2008-2009||18||34 - relegated|
|2009-2010||1 (Championship)||102 - promoted|
|2015-2016||18||37 - relegated|
|2016-2017||1 - (Championship)||94 - promoted|
|2017-2018||10||41 - status after 36 games|