Kevin Keegan thinks (like any other rational person) that Newcastle were relegation certainties with Steve McClaren in charge.

The clueless McClaren had led Newcastle on a season-long relegation struggle and only six wins in 28 Premier League games and second bottom with 10 matches to go, told you everything about his disastrous reign.

Kevin Keegan thinks that Rafa Benitez is a ‘really good appointment’ and that Newcastle will stay in the Premier League….’but it won’t be easy’.

The former United boss thinks that Villa (obviously) are certainties to go down and that Norwich will also take the plunge.

Keegan says that it is now a straight fight between Newcastle and Sunderland – though it no doubt it would have been a different story if Aleksandar Mitrovic hadn’t equalised in the closing stages last Saturday.

Let’s hope Kevin Keegan’s instincts are right.

KK talking to the Chronicle:

“It (Benitez) is a really good appointment and he will keep them up – but it won’t be easy.

“They  have got some home games that are winnable and this break is pretty good for him, because it gives him a lot of time to work with players, but of course a lot of the players will be away – so in some ways it is a double whammy

“I think Newcastle were going down without making the change, to be honest, with the greatest respect to Steve McClaren

“I have looked at the fixtures and they have got to win these home games – anything they get away from home, like at Norwich, and teams around them, will be a bonus.

“It looks to me – Norwich, Aston Villa and either Sunderland or Newcastle are going to go down.”