Pundit – Newcastle Under Rafa Benitez Have Too Much To Go Down


Chris Sutton the former striker who partnered Alan Shearer at Blackburn Rovers in their Premier League title-winning season of  1994-1995 thinks that Newcastle under the guidance of Rafa Benitez will not be relegated this season.

Blackburn finished one point above Manchester United that season and in January of 1995 that was when Red Devils striker  Eric Cantona had been banned for eight months for assaulting a Crystal Palace fan.

Back to Chris Sutton, and the Sky Sports pundit thinks we have too much quality to be relegated.

We are now fourth bottom after last week’s games when bottom club Huddersfield and Newcastle both won their first games of the season – Newcastle beating Watford at home 1-0 and Huddersfield beating Fulham at home by the same score.

Chris Sutton – Newcastle have too much quality

What Sutton liked about the Newcastle side against Watford was their determination to win that game and hold onto their lead once we went ahead with an excellent 65th-minute header from Ayoze Perez.

A sign of a decent Rafa Benitez side.

Sutton talked about which clubs are likely to go down, and one of them isn’t Newcastle:

“Palace will not go down.”

“I think there is maybe six and it is the bottom six. I think Newcastle under Rafa have too much to go down.”

“Burnley worry me a little bit, Southampton is the real eye opener.”

“I suppose it is difficult to judge against Manchester City but I think there are calls already for Mark Hughes’ head which I think is very harsh.”

“I think there are three worse teams than them in the Premier League and they will get it right. Danny Ings is going to be key.”

“Burnley overachieved by a stretch last year. Every year they stay in the Premier League is a good year for Burnley.”

But that is a worry under Sean Dyche, who prides himself on organization, that they are conceding so freely.”

“You look back to their summer and their recruitment.”

“All the sides at the bottom, Burnley, Southampton, Newcastle, have they recruited that well? I am not sure they have.”

Hopefully, Newcastle can start winning some of our upcoming games and pull away from the bottom three by the end of this year.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


5 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 7, 2018 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #1

    We’re too good to go down? Don’t you believe it. Rafa will not believe so and he won’t let the players start to think that either.

    It’s hard work and determination which will keep us up, not skill, flair and showmanship. If we start thinking otherwise, we’re doomed.

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  • Online Guy

    Nov 7, 2018 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #2

    The Mackems had a player in the late sixties early seventies ..Gordon Harris ..he always looked about 60 years old to me when I was a nipper.

    They also had Ces Irwin who always looked about 50 on the pitch. Think he had a comb over.

    Ces was living in Ashington last time I heard ..he looked younger as he got older. A good bloke.

    I was football daft and watched Newcastle one week Mackems the next .

    Purley for football reasons and watching the greats from the 70’s .

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  • Online Guy

    Nov 7, 2018 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #3

    Howdy Rob. Hope yer well.

    Things to do , be good.

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  • Jib

    Nov 7, 2018 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #4

    What division were Purley in ?

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  • carltoon

    Nov 7, 2018 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #5

    Repost. Yes Martoon he was a lovely lady just 3 years older than me then. Of course Jinky Jim was my favourite. Being a young woman at the time it wasn’t all about his football.

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