The former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore believes Newcastle will stay up this season mainly because of the experience and skill of manager Rafa Benitez.
It’s a bizarre season so far with as many as 10 teams fighting relegation.
It’s only recently that West Brom seem to be detached from the rest of the clubs and they are bottom on 20 points a full 7 points from safety.
The Alan Pardew managed side also have an inferior goal difference of -20, the third worst in the division.
Stan Collymore – football pundit
Newcastle are on 29 points from 28 games with a goal difference of -11, but we do face a tough game at Anfield on Saturday, and we will do very well to get something out of the match.
Collymore has explained to BetStars why he thinks Newcastle will survive the drop this season but doesn’t think that Ashley will sell the club:
“Rafa Benitez will keep Newcastle up. I think the performance against Manchester United showed that he now has them fighting as a team, as individuals and as a group.”
“The players that have come in have done quite well, he’s been working on a tight budget and we still don’t know whether Mike Ashley will sell the club to another consortium.”
“It’s looking unlikely but Mike Ashley himself doesn’t really want to stay at the football club.”
“Rafa has had to wheel and deal in that kind of environment but there are three worse sides than Newcastle United in the Premier League.”
“And and I think they will take their place alongside the other nineteen clubs in the Premier League this time next year.”
It doesn’t look like Ashley will sell the club before the summer, and we just hope he keeps out of the way and gives Rafa a free hand to make Newcastle United worth a lot more money in two or three years time.
Why wouldn’t Ashley jump at the chance of doing that?
There are not too many of our fans think we can win the game at Anfield on Saturday.