Newcastle are in 15th place in the league table on 38 points with four games to go.
There is a chance we can beat the 44 points we got last season, but 10th place and the upper half of the table looks beyond our reach.
We are 8 points behind 10th placed Watford, and we have an inferior goal difference so to catch them is difficult, to say the least.
Watford lost 1-0 at home to Arsenal last night but still have a game in hand on Newcastle.
We are 10 points above Cardiff in 3rd bottom place, and they play their game in hand at Brighton tonight – and the Seagulls are 4th bottom on 33 points.
We hope Rafa stays at the club and if he does, he will expect some money from owner Mike Ashley to improve the quality of the squad in the summer.
But Newcastle’s popular winger Matt Ritchie said that spending big money is no guarantee of success.
Matt Ritchie – we’re doing well
This is what Matt has said as reported in the Chronicle today:
“People talk about not wanting to be in this position again, but that’s naive when you’re talking about the Premier League.”
“It’s a frustrating one.” “I understand, and as players you want to achieve great things, but you have to be realistic.”
“Other than the top six, every team can be in the relegation mix.”
“Everton spent £100M last season, but with ten games to go, they were still in trouble.”
“From the top six down, anyone can be in a relegation battle, anyone.” “Whether they get a bad start or a bad run, you have to be realistic.”
“The top six or seven might have that bit more, but the rest of the league is so close.”
“This year, there’s a little bit more of a gap, but so many clubs can end up in trouble.”
“We’re seen as not spending money, but spending money is no guarantee.” “We’re competing.”
“We only came up a couple of years ago, and last season we retained our Premier League status.”
“Hopefully, this season, if we continue to play like we did at Leicester, we can get a few more points and finish close to where we did last season.”
The best we can do this season could be 11th place, and that would be a decent enough finish.
But Rafa has to be given funds to bring in better players in the summer than we currently have.
But it’s always how you spend the transfer money that’s the important thing.
If Rafa sends the extra money he will get from the owner on the right players – like he did last summer to get Rondon, Dubravka, and Schar into the club as three examples, then we can break away and be in the top eight next year at this time.
That’s the hope in any case.