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?
Howay The Lads!!