Harry Redknapp has been talking about Newcastle United’s hopes of escaping relegation this season.
Whilst the last few matches (Chelsea, Man City, Norwich, Sunderland) have seen encouraging signs in the performances for much of these games, the fact remains that United are still only on six points after 10 matches and second bottom of the table.
Harry Redknapp acknowledges that Newcastle looked good against Sunderland in the first half until things fell apart with the red card and penalty.
The former QPR boss thinks it is too tight to call at the minute and Newcastle look one of six or seven teams that are going to be involved in the relegation fight.
Looking at the Premier League table as it stands, you have this (number of points before each club):
4 Aston Villa
The way I see it shaking down isn’t dissimilar to Harry Redknapp, if you take Chelsea out of the equation I think the relegation battle encompasses the three promoted clubs and the three perennial strugglers of recent seasons – Newcastle, Sunderland and Villa.
Stoke are probably the seven of seven that Redknapp talks about but their recent form of five wins in six in all competitions, including Tuesday night on penalties against Chelsea, doesn’t suggest to me a team that will end up in the bottom three.
Having said that, results can change everything and with two of these seven bottom clubs, Stoke and Bournemouth, facing Newcastle next, it could all change very quickly.
Alternatively, failing to win at least one of these two matches will be really, really bad news.
Harry Redknapp speaking on Talksport:
“They played well first half at Sunderland, they looked good but the penalty and sending off changed everything.
“I think they have shown enough to suggest that they have got a chance but it is going to be tight down there.
“There are going to be six or seven teams scrapping away in that relegation battle and at the moment, you wouldn’t really like to call it.”
‘Having a chance’ of avoiding relegation isn’t really what we expected/hoped for after 10 games of the season…