Former Star – Newcastle Have Enough To Survive Relegation Battle

BBC Sport have a good piece out today on who is better equipped to survive in the Premier league between two clubs with famous and successful managers leading them.

One is Newcastle (of course) and Rafa Benitez while the other is Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham United, who have lost all of their first four league games.

After spending £100M in the summer transfer window, West Ham seem to have got it wrong again, but Pellegrini is an excellent and experienced manager and should be able to drag the Hammers up the table as the season progresses.

We think Newcastle will also survive having spent a minus £20M profit (a profit) in the summer transfer window.

Former Newcastle winger Chris Waddle – just enough to survive?

This is what Chris Waddle has told BBC Sport in the article today.

“Rafa is a very good coach at shutting up shop and nicking results.” 

“He did a fantastic job to keep them up last season but to do it a second season running with the same players is very hard.”

“Mentally and physically it is very hard on the players to work the system he plays.”

“Rafa’s very tactical. The problem for Newcastle is when they go a goal down and have got to come out a bit – but he knows how this works.”

“I would say they have got enough to stay up but they will be in a battle.”

“I don’t see them getting away from it with 10 or 15 games to go.”

“It will a long season but they have got the manager to get through it.”

“At Newcastle it is totally ‘In Rafa We Trust’,”

“Rafa respects the fans and it must be great thinking they could be in a bottom-six battle and the fans will be on your side.”

“In a few weeks they could turn on Pellegrini or whoever is down at the bottom but at Newcastle Mike Ashley gets it in the neck not Rafa.”

“If Rafa stays in the Premier League he will get pats on the back – for Pellegrini, time will tell.”

Some good analysis from the former 57-year-old Newcastle and England winger who was born in Felling.

Benitez’ powerful bond with the Newcastle fans and the City of Newcastle should help us survive again this summer.

But fans are just pig sick of fighting relegation every single season under owner Mike Ashley.

But hey, we still think we will do well this season.

That could be because I am now demented?



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21 comments so far

  • Bambams

    Sep 13, 2018 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #1

    Clutching at straws time….

    This may have been shared already (If it has apologies) but I am not up to date with the blog last few days.

  • Aces-of-Eights

    Sep 13, 2018 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #2

    Its never toon22s fault

  • RobLeenio

    Sep 13, 2018 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #3

    Bambams, I’d take it with a pinch of salt purely because it cites “Friends of Mike Ashley”. Surely there is no such thing?

  • DaveD1000

    Sep 13, 2018 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #4

    and it was around Sep/Oct/Nov last year with all the Staveley hype……time for another curry Mike?

  • Bambams

    Sep 13, 2018 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #5


    It could be false, it may be accurate, he may be testing the waters AGAIN – who knows.

    He is not spending
    The pressure is on
    Keegans book
    Stadium needs maintenance
    SD shareholders not happy
    Helicopter MOT due
    And his jeans were taken up by his granny…..

    Maybe he has had enough

    Smiley face

  • DaveD1000

    Sep 13, 2018 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #6

    Rutherford has been talking up a storm about all the maintenance that has been done. A bit like our lass cleaning the bogs before we sell the house.

    Don’t get me started an Ashley’s jeans…….

  • RobLeenio

    Sep 13, 2018 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #7

    “And his jeans were taken up by his granny…..”

    Ah, that’s why he has no friends. Everyone knows it’s the Geordie Jeans way or the highway.

  • RobLeenio

    Sep 13, 2018 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #8

    Mind, I’m doubtful – pretty sure he’s already sold his Granny

  • dig-n-dig22

    Sep 13, 2018 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #9

    TBH can’t see the Hammers being anywhere near the bottom of the Prem come the end of the season, as for us, it looks like we are in another relegation battle “again” How could it happen after the hard graft that earned us 10th spot last season?. It looked like we turned the corner, instead we have gone full circle and are back to square one, I agree Lejeune is a big miss at the back but the bad start to the season is self inflicted, bad preseason, infighting, not convinced we have a happy camp. I hope we have a decent cash injection when the Jan window comes around because we will need it.

  • kimbo

    Sep 13, 2018 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #10

    I support the actions of the club trying improve the match day experience for disabled supporters but what are they going to do for us ordinary supporters, the toilets in the East Stand would be closed in a 3rd world country, my seat is dirty and never been cleaned and soaking wet when it rains and for this privilege I have to pay an extra £100 per season. I could accept this if the football is entertaining but is now becoming a chore, I am unlikely to renew until Ashley has gone. How many others are like me?

  • kimbo

    Sep 13, 2018 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #11

    Ed can you please start a poll to see who are not going to renew if Ashley stays.

  • Bambams

    Sep 13, 2018 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #12


    We have to remember when Sir John sold his shares we heard absolutely nothing about it, i am not saying anything is happening in the background but it might be.

    I think the timing of KK book is brilliant, cant wait to read it but is may have to be censored given the legal disclosures ruling at Court.

    In a way i cant wait to see what Rafa does at the end of the season, he is not afraid to say it as it is and Ash will not be happy that his manager keeps calling him out. If Rafa stays he must know there is something happening (please let this be accurate) but if he does leave at the end of the season well see below……

  • Bambams

    Sep 13, 2018 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #13

    see above ….I have no idea how that link uploaded ! Sorry boys

  • Bambams

    Sep 13, 2018 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #14
  • RobLeenio

    Sep 13, 2018 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #15

    11 scariest thing caught by drones – is that a video about bee disease?

  • RobLeenio

    Sep 13, 2018 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #16

    Do they get hives?

  • c-dog

    Sep 13, 2018 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #17

    Of course the money is there to sign kenedy, unless it disappeared into some slush fund. But it won’t be released. I imagine Ashley still has advisors on footballing matters who hide in the shadows. Wise, Kinnear, Carr or somebody unknown. When their desires align with Rafa’s(or our 2019/2020 head coach) we might get a signing for 15+ million.

  • Jib

    Sep 13, 2018 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #18

    Hands RobLeenio his jacket

  • Bambams

    Sep 13, 2018 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #19


    No idea at all how that one came up……. But you get my gist fella

  • Jib

    Sep 13, 2018 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #20

    Mr Rahman vill put new zip in jeans and take them up aallsssooo

  • RobLeenio

    Sep 13, 2018 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #21



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