I was wrong when I said yesterday this was the worst start to Premier League ever – it’s only the joint worst ever.
How soon we forget.
In the 1999-2000 season, Newcastle also went five games with one point losing that famous 5th league game at home to Sunderland.
That’s when manager Ruud Gullit had dropped Alan Shearer for the game and we lost 2-1 in the pouring rain.
Chairman Freddy Shepherd fired Ruud Gullit after the game.
We then lost 5-1 at Manchester United before the great Sir Bobby Robson came on board.
In his first game, we lost 1-0 at Chelsea before hammering Sheffield Wednesday 8-0 at St. James’ Park in Bobby’s debut at home as the Newcastle United manager.
Alan Shearer scored five goals and the recovery was underway.
Ruud Gullit – with an unhappy Alan Shearer on the bench
That’s Duncan Ferguson below Alan
That was one point from the first seven games but it’s worth pointing out that Sir Bobby had us in 12th place with 52 points at the end of the season.
We’d take 52 points this season and that would be an 8 point improvement on last season.
It’s the first time in 30 years that we have lost three successive home matches.
We now have Rafa Benitez on board as manager and he was cool and collected after the game. yesterday
But we have to remember that in our first five league games we have played four top six sides Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester City, and Arsenal and lost by the narrow score of 2-1 to each of them.
The manager is pointing this out and we don’t want to go too overboard on the negativity,
Our next two games are at Crystal Palace and at home to Leicester City and we hope for our first win then.
It’s hard to take when we are immediately third bottom of the league this season and could go even lower after today’s games.
But let’s keep the faith and we can still do well this season.