John Carver has said that ‘If I was Rafa Benitez’…he would be believing that Newcastle can win four of their remaining eight games.

Pardew’s former assistant and his replacement, Carver says that the games against Palace and Swansea at home, plus the ones at Norwich and Villa.

Those four clubs are all in the bottom six along with Newcastle, whereas the other four fixtures see United travel to seventh placed Southampton and ninth placed Liverpool, as well as home games against Spurs currently in second and Manchester City in fourth.

John Carver thinks that the appointment of Rafa Benitez is the biggest since Sir Bobby arrived, ironically the pair coming from jobs at the big two in Spain – Real Madrid and Barcelona, although Sir Bobby had a second spell at PSV in  between leaving Barca and heading home to Tyneside.

Carver thinks that in Rafa, United have now got the right man but that it probably is too little too late – appointed with only 10 games remaining it was always going to be tough for the one-time Liverpool and Chelsea manager.

If Benitez did take Newcastle down then little or no blame would come his way, a second relegation under Mike Ashley has been most definitely coming due to his disastrous running of the club, though earlier today Ashley has said he won’t be leaving even if Newcastle get relegated.

This is the third relegation battle in four years and of course John Carver almost did the job last season, only for goals from Jonas Gutierrez and Moussa Sissoko (his last goal…) to ensure Premier League status on the final day of the season.

John Carver speaking to Sky Sports:

“It is going to be very difficult…

“I think it (Rafa Benitez) is a fantastic appointment and possibly the biggest one since Sir Bobby Robson – but I think it might be a bit too late.

“We have to win at least four games and we have only won six all season.

“We do have four winnable game left…home to Crystal Palace and Swansea, then away to Norwich and Aston Villa.

“If I was Rafa Benitez, I would be thinking that they are winnable.”