Newcastle are currently in 16th place in the league table on 25 points from 26 games.
But on the bright side of things we are just 6 points away from 9th placed Bournemouth who have surged with four wins out of the last five games (13 points) by beating both Chelsea and Arsenal in that run of great results.
We need to get on a decent run soon so we can pull away from the bottom three – it would be good not to have to go down to the very last game of the season.
Rafa has said he thinks there are 10 teams which the three clubs who will be relegated will come from.
Rafa Benitez – hard work can save us
This is what the manager has told the Chronicle today:
“Maybe that’s good news.” “There are too many teams involved.” “Are you asking me if I prefer three or four teams involved in the battle for the drop?”
“Well, if there were two or three teams that were much deeper down the pile perhaps it could be better.”
“At least it’s not just one team that could be better than you and it’s down to them or us to stay up.”
“It now depends on a lot of tough teams.” “That means we are going to have more chances to do well.” “So it’s good for us but we have to keep working hard.”
“It was very clear from the beginning that we were working really hard, particularly towards the end when we were blocking and running.”
“That is the only way for us and the others towards the bottom of the table.”
Two years ago it ended up being Newcastle or Sunderland who would go down with Aston Villa and Norwich – it ended up being us – even though we gained 12 points from the last six games with three wins and three draws.
But Sunderland also got three wins and three draws in their final 6 games and beat us out by 2 points.
We play Manchester United on Sunday and hopefully, we can maintain Jose Mourinho’s record of never having won a game at St. James’ Park.
Not only is Newcastle’s future at stake in these last 12 games of the season, but so is Rafa Benitez’s career at the club.