When Rafa arrived at Newcastle on Friday 11th March at around 11;58 am (approximately) we had very high hopes that we could survive the drop.
But at the time we had some injuries in the squad, and Paul Dummett, in particular, was one of the players injured.
We did not do well in Rafa’s first four games in charge and lost three and got one point at home to Sunderland.
And that was due to a late equalizer from Aleksandar Mitrovic after 83 minutes to cancel our Jermain Defoe’s goal.
All looked lost after Rafa ‘s 4th game in charge when we lost 3-1 at Southampton and looked a terrible side in the first half.
We had only 25 points from 32 games.
Famous shot of Rafa Benitez marching into St. James Park to sign for Newcastle
But then Rafa started to get most things right, and we finished the season with 3 wins and 3 draws.
But that was matched by Sunderland and their manager Sam Allardyce, and we finished with 37 points, two points short of Sunderland and were third bottom of the league and relegated.
The rest is history as we came straight back up last season from the Championship ar the Champions although we are again fighting against relegation this season. along with at least nine other Premier League clubs.
Rafa got 13 points from the 10 games he was in charge which was much better than the paltry 24 points Steve McClaren managed to get from the first 28 games.
At the moment we are 5 points better off than two years ago with a much better goal difference which is always worth another point.
And we are in a better position in the league table in 13th position rather than the 18th we were when Rafa first joined Newcastle.
The bottom line is that if Rafa and the players can capture 13 points from our last 10 games – like we did two years ago we should be safe on 42 points.
Let’s hope we can do that – at the very least.
Howay The Lads!!