Rafa Issues Important Message To Fans – And How We Compare With Two Years Ago

With nine games remaining this season Newcastle are in 5th bottom place on 29 points and only 2 points above the drop zone.

But with the clubs packed together in the bottom 11 – we are only 5 points off 10th place – where Brighton and Everton are tied on 34 points each.

But we are still 5 points better off than we were two years ago after Rafa’s first game in charge when we lost 1-0 at Leicester to the eventual Premier League Champions.

We are doing better than under Steven McClaren two years ago – with an inferior side too

Benitez has again wants our fans to remain calm as he has said this in the Chronicle today:

“Every game is like a cup final for us and if you can get points on the board and tick the games off it’s good for the motivation of the players.”

“At the same time I’d like to say we need to stay calm.” “I have said before, and I read some of the comments, the difference between some of the teams is how you approach the final nine or 10 games.”

“For us, it is about being calm.” “We have to make sure the team stays solid and consistent and try to be consistent with results.”

“That’s what is interesting about the Premier League!” “We were just nine minutes away from being in the top 10 (when we were beating Bournemouth 2-0) and 10 minutes later we were still down there.”

“But that’s why you have to stay calm.” “We have to manage each situation and make each decision calmly.” “Things can happen.”

“If we have a clear mind about what we have to do we will make less mistakes and have more chances to win games.”

We are five points better off than two years ago after 29 games played and our goal difference today is a decent -13 compared to -26 two years ago.

So there is still hope for us, but we must start winning games soon.

We need 11 points from the final 9 games to be safe enough on 40 points.


Comments welcome.

4 comments so far

  • AncientC

    Mar 5, 2018 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #1

    Lesh from previous, it was just singular betty flogging the proverbial dead horse. Now that Tommy Robinson, Jayda Fransen et alia have been ‘purged’ from social media, I’d imagine his views may start to soften, heh.

  • ArtyH

    Mar 5, 2018 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #2

    This just shows the gap between the top six/seven clubs with the rest and the championship. The top 6/7 are way above the rest due to the obscene payments made by the t.v companies. However it is destroying football! If we were in the top 6 I would not complain, but there will have to be a day of reckoning if the game is to survive. The premiership will end up like the Scottish league so top end loaded no one can compete….

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 5, 2018 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #3

    ArtyH, you’re right an I don’t see how it can get better. The financial fair play rules only allow clubs to increase their wage bill by £7m per season. That sounds like a lot, but it’s only roughly £1

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 5, 2018 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #4

    Oops – see below

    ArtyH, you’re right and I don’t see how it can get better. The financial fair play rules only allow clubs to increase their wage bill by £7m per season. That sounds like a lot, but it’s only roughly £145k per week, which is roughly 2 good Prem League players or 3 average. Catching the top clubs is not just about having spending power for transfer fees.

    I’m sure there are ways around it, but it’s a difficult situation we have now we have slipped so far behind the top 6


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