According to the records we looked up this is Newcastle’s worst start to a league season ever – after ten games played.
And clubs that have not won in the first 10 league games of a Premier League season have been relegated – there are six of them.
But Rafa Benitez believes he can save Newcastle, and when you look at our current situation, it’s nothing that a couple of wins cannot get us out of.
Newcastle are two points out of 4th bottom place, and we have a better goal difference than the bottom six sides so we could easily be out of the relegation zone with a couple of wins.
But that’s what’s been so difficult this season, and we have seven defeats in ten games and no wins.
Rafa Benitez – we still need more than 10 wins to survive
But five of those losses are to top six clubs.
So in five games against the other clubs, we have three draws and two defeats.
That needs to improve, and in our next 10 games before the end of this year, we play 9 clubs outside of the top six.
Only Liverpool away on Boxing day is against another top six club, after facing five of them in our first eight games.
Rafa still feels he can save Newcastle and our next attempt at winning a game is at home to Watford on Saturday.
This is what he has said in the Chronicle today about our fans:
“They know we are in a difficult position but we will do our best to do well.”
“We are not talking about what happened 10 years ago.” “We are talking about what happened six months ago.”
“Last season in January we were in the bottom five and we did well at the end because we signed the right players in the January window.
“We won the games we needed to win and we were quite strong at the end of the season.”
“We were safe with five games to play.” “We have to have the confidence we can do it this year and we can it again.”
“I appreciate that they support me.” “But it has to be me and the team together.”
“That is the key.” “I will be involved in every game so if I can win games it means the team is winning.”
“So we have to be sure we are United.” “That is the main thing.”
If Rafa can create another escape act this season and we are still in the Premier League in May, it wouldn’t surprise us if he signs a new deal to stay at Newcastle even if Mike Ashley is still the owner.