We have 5 points from 7 games, and we are second bottom of the league.
That’s not much different from last year with Rafa Benitez at the helm when we had only 2 points form the first 7 games.
In fact that points total remained at 2 for the first 9 games of last season until we drew 0-0 at Southampton and then beat Watford, Bournemouth, and Burnley in successive games last November.
10 points from four consecutive games and then we had 12 points from 13 games and started to further pick up points.
So things are actually better in points now than last season, but there are real and significant differences at the club.
Fans don’t have the confidence in Steve Bruce that they had in Rafa Benitez.
Rafa is world-class, and he has managed 340 total PL games (Liverpool, Chelsea, and Newcastle) and won 168 of those games, his win-percentage is 49.4.
Steve Bruce’s record is not nearly as good, and at best he seems a journeyman manager.
Steve Bruce – hangs his head at Newcastle’s inept second-half performance – some players even gave up!
Steve has the worst win percentage of games in the Premier League of 27.8% – that’s including all managers who have managed over 300 PL games.
The bottom six of also include two additional former Newcastle managers – Joe Kinnear and Sam Allardyce.
— Michael (@CausyTM) September 29, 2019
Our fans are finally staying away from home games this season, and seem to be supporting the boycott in place.
The last two home games were nearly 10,000 fans short of capacity, so our once ever-faithful fans have had enough of the woeful and stubborn (and clueless) ownership of Mike Ashley.
He has no ambition for the club he owns.
If the team does not improve quickly – we are even optimistically hoping we can beat Manchester United at home next Sunday – that’s possible – then Newcastle’s relegation problems will start to hinder any potential sale to a willing buyer.
Mike Ashley may also be thinking that the last thing he wants to do again is to own a second division side and an offer of £350M for the club may even satisfy him if we are in trouble before the end of the year.
Once we are in deep trouble for relegation as the season progresses, there’s little hope we can be sold.
And those thinking Newcastle could be sold on the cheap as a Championship side – there’s just no way Ashley would sell the club at a loss.
He will once again try to get the club promoted at the first attempt – but as time goes on that gets to be much more difficult.
But this is all repeating history, it’s deja vu – all over again – and we’re sick of it.
Newcastle is now a yoyo club, and that will continue as long as Mike Ashley is the owner with Lee Charnley doing precisely what’s he’s told to do.
The only thing we can hope for is a surprise sale to ambitious owners before the end of this year.
If that happens we will have been saved as a club and supporters will gladly return to support the club.
But if not, then it’s going to be the same old same old with Ashley.
What could be worse?
This article was originally posted here