BBC Chief Sports writer Phil McNulty thinks that Newcastle will not have enough to stay in the Premier League this season and predicts we will be relegated in 18th position.
The only two clubs below us are Watford and rock-bottom (newly promoted) Cardiff City.
He’s the second pundit we know of who has predicted relegation for Newcastle with Sky Sports Soccer Saturday pundit Charlie Nicholas also thinking we will be relegated.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager
McNulty has looked at each Premier League club and this is what he has said about Newcastle:
“The only thing you can predict about Newcastle United is that a crisis is always just around the corner – and this is why I fear the worst for them this season.”
“Manager Rafael Benitez and owner Mike Ashley are at odds once more and the Spaniard, no stranger to the game’s political maneuverings, has made his discontent clear while retaining the support of the Toon Army.”
“If Benitez stays and can be kept reasonably happy (a big if that one) then there is reason to suspect Newcastle can stay up – if he doesn’t then there may be serious consequences.”
“alomon Rondon is a decent signing as a striker but he is not prolific and will carry a huge weight of responsibility.”
“As ever Newcastle’s vast following deserve better.”
Here’s his predicted league positions with 11th and lower in the right-hand column.
1 Manchester City 11 Fulham 2 Liverpool 12 Burnley 3 Manchester United 13 Crystal Palace 4 Tottenham 14 Bournemouth 5 Chelsea 15 Brighton 6 Arsenal 16 Southampton 7 Wolves 17 Huddersfield 8 Everton 18 Newcastle 9 West Ham 19 Watford 10 Leicester 20 Cardiff
I’m hoping we can still survive this season and not be in yet another relegation scrap.
Its a pity they don’t show their predictions from last year when a number of pundits had us being relegated and we finished in the top half in 10th place.