All bottom three clubs – Huddersfield, Fulham, and Cardiff – lost again over the weekend, and it’s looking like two more wins for Newcastle, and 37 points could be enough to survive this season.
Fulham and Huddersfield look doomed, and Cardiff are 6 points behind us with a much inferior goal difference.
If we can get two more wins and none of the bottom three come to life and start winning games, then we could be safe.
Lee Charnley indicating to Mike Ashley transfer funds available to manager this summer
It’s better to get to 40 points, but with the following six games coming up we have a chance to register some wins.
Sat 09 Mar Newcastle vs Everton 3:00pm Sat 16 Mar Bournemouth vs Newcastle 3:00pm Mon 01 Apr Arsenal vs Newcastle 8:00pm Sat 06 Apr Newcastle vs Crystal Palace 3:00pm Fri 12 Apr Leicester vs Newcastle 8:00pm Sat 20 Apr Newcastle vs Southampton 5:30pm
With our home form good at the moment maybe we can register home wins against Everton, Crystal Palace, and Southampton – that would do it.
And with a two-week International break coming up in mid-March, it’s unlikely we’ll be safe before probably mid-April – but we will see.
It’s essential to secure safety so that Rafa Benitez can meet with Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley and hopefully thrash out a new deal to stay at Newcastle.
If in November somebody had said there would be no deal signed by Rafa before March we would have been worried.
But Rafa has made it clear he wants to stay at Newcastle but he needs assurances on various areas from Mike Ashley.
Transfer finds need to be made readily available and the transfer process needs to be made more streamlined so deals can be done more quickly.
And Rafa wants investment in the training grounds and also in the Youth Academy.
Hopefully, the powers that be are working on what they can offer Rafa and that can be a starting point when negotiations do begin – probably next month.
We assume that Ashley and Charnley are not just waiting for Newcastle to be safe without doing their homework on what they are willing to offer the manager to stay at Newcastle when negotiations do begin.
It’s vitally important for the club’s future that Rafa remains on Tyneside – long term.
What do you think?