Things at the time might not have been exactly great on Tyneside but not so long ago Newcastle fans were looking down the table and looking at the enticing prospect of Aston Villa or Sunderland, or both, facing relegation.

Whilst neither of them are out of the woods by a long way, especially Sunderland, never did we think that NUFC would somehow find a way to join them in this releagtion battle.

Anybody who was at Villa Park that May day in 2009 would look forward to seeing revenge one day but fair play to Tim Sherwood as he’s hauled them away from third bottom and favourites for relegation.

Since Paul Lambert left, Villa have won 7 of 13 games and as well as reaching the FA Cup final he has hauled them above Newcastle United in the table on goal difference.

It would be just the biggest irony if our useless set of players and club management end up getting relegation from what seemed an impossible position.

Aston Villa pundit and media man, Tom Ross, has now summed up our current situation which you can’t really argue with:

‘If I were a betting man I would put a few quid on the Geordies to slip out of the Premier League having lost eight in a row.

They look in desperate trouble with not enough players who care.

Not enough players who will be hurting at the thought of relegation.

Not enough players with an over-my-dead body attitude.

Not enough players prepared to, metaphorically speaking, “die for the cause”.’

Time for the Newcastle players to try and disprove the above, starting with Villa’s near neighbours West Brom on Saturday.