Newcastle fans will wake up tomorrow and it won’t prove to be a bad dream, this dreadful run of performances and results has at last sent NUFC into the Premier League relegation zone.

The early points had seen Newcastle in sixth place when beating Crystal Palace eight weeks ago.

However, defeat to Arsenal this afternoon makes it one point from the last twenty seven.

Added to that, whilst our competitors had continued to struggle and make things not seem quite so bad, now they are starting to pick up points and things are looking really bad!

As well as the one goal defeat at The Emirates, these were the other results on Saturday afternoon:

Leicester 0 Crystal Palace 3

Brighton 0 Burnley 0

Chelsea 1 Southampton

Watford 1 Huddersfield 4

This left Newcastle fans waiting for the Stoke v West Ham result after it kicked off late due to a power failure. A win for the Hammers would ensure Newcastle travel to play them next week in a bottom three spot.

Final score – Stoke 0 West Ham 3!

This is how the Premier League table now looks:

premier league relegation

Manchester City v Spurs was a 5.30pm kick-off but hardly concerns us, though for the record Man City are winning 1-0 at the break.

Obviously none of the results were great, though if you want to look for any crumb of comfort, at least Brighton didn’t win as well, and I suppose at a bigger push Southampton got nothing at Chelsea – though I can’t see the Saints getting dragged into the relegation struggle.

The two results that probably stand out for me are Palace winning at Leicester and Huddersfield doing the same at Watford. Newcastle having played both Watford and Leicester at home in recent weeks and been totally outplayed.

Hate to say it but things could get even worse. West Brom are home to Man Utd on Saturday, whilst Bournemouth host Liverpool, then on Monday night it is Everton v Swansea.

The way this weekend has gone so far, the fates could still yet conspire to send Newcastle bottom of the Premier League if West Brom get at least a point and Swansea win by three or more.

To top it all, Sunderland have only just gone and won their first home game in 364 days.

Things can only get better, hopefully.

Stats from BBC Sport:

Arsenal 1 Newcastle 0


Arsenal: Ozil 23

Possession was Arsenal 71% Newcastle 29%

Total shots were  Arsenal 23 Newcastle 10

Shots on target were Arsenal 5 Newcastle 2

Corners were  Arsenal 7 Newcastle 5

Referee: Stuart Attwell

Newcastle United:

Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Manquillo, Murphy (Gayle 67), Hayden, Merino (Diame 82), Atsu (Ritchie 54), Perez, Joselu

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Clark, Dummett, Aarons

Crowd: 59,379 (Newcastle 3,000)

(Method in the madness of Rafa’s team selection – Read HERE)

(To read the instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to today’s match, go HERE)

  • Leicester Mag

    Why the truck do we expect anything at all when you ‘rely’ on players like Diame/ Perez and Hos. Pick any other premier league side match it against ours and even the most brain dead club apologist would choose any more than 2-3 players from this dross Our resident tub of whale grease has gambled at got it hopelessly wrong again.

    • Andy Mac

      Hopelessly wrong for the erm fifth/sixth/tenth time ?

    • John

      He’s let managers spend £180m over 3 seasons and it’s still his fault? Wow. The season Newcastle went Down the club spent £75m and only made £2m back from players, was that Ashley’s fault aswell?

      • Leicester Mag

        Only made £2M ? Sissoko was sold for £30M+ alone. I’m not going to resort to name calling your grasp of maths alone indicates some help is needed.

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          Help or Clarko

          • Hughie_Gallacher

            I’m pleased that this forum exists, though my poor contributions seem

        • John

          That was the season after you pillock. I mean going into the season where the club was relegated.

          • Leicester Mag

            Forgive me I’m clearly in the presence of a higher being. Silly of me not to realise which disastrous season you were referring to. I never quite got to grips with quantum mechanics, while studying at University the idea of Heisenberg and Schrodinger being beyond me. That said it’s never been needed to see that Ashley has ensured net spend is virtually nil over his tenure. Even when money was made available it was linked to a plan aimed at little more than making the club a temporary shop window, making a profit rather than a team.

          • Bb

            You wonder why the country think Newcastle are deluded? The net spend over a few seasons is still much larger than most premier league teams. Stop blaming everyone else, it’s the manager and players not performing.

          • Kneebotherm8

            The major nett spend was during Mclarens tenure and he had no input,that was left to Carr and Charnley supposedly picking young players with a sell on value,where did that get us?……..relegation at the end of that season.
            Look at the nett spend over the 10 years Ashley has been here,he’s spent £25 million nett in transfer fees,doesn’t look so good when you look at it that way.
            Or look at it since Rafa’s been here,over a twenty million pounds profit.

          • Tomb

            Arsenal have a minus net spend so do Burnley. We are mid table for net spend this season. Our squad costs the same as Leicester title winning team

          • Kneebotherm8

            😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂……………… thoughts entirely.

        • Kneebotherm8

          Wijnaldum?……£25 million?

      • Damon Horner

        Personally I don’t think the amount of money allocated has been unfair but how it has been used could be questioned.

        This summer we needed better players, bottom line. Blame previous transfer windows all you want but the quality was needed. He could have had paid in instalments and used credit but did neither.

        • HarryHype59

          I couldn’t understand why he didn’t allow Rafa to bring in £80m worth of players on four year staggered payments!

          • Damon Horner

            It would affect future budgets but if the manager understands that because he recognises the quality is needed more now than next couple of years then he should have the choice.

            Ashley doesn’t do that because if we were still relegated the finances would be harder to recover.

          • HarryHype59

            The policy of buying players outright, results in a series of sub standard shirt fillers no better than the players already here.

            Bringing better players is actually more cost effective, as they are more likely to appreciate in value and can be sold for a profit.

            The TV revenues streams which give the club its value, are safe guarded.

      • Kneebotherm8


      • StevieB

        It’s the unwillingness to be competitive on salary paying that’s undone us under Ashley. And a lot of that net spend has been forced upon over 3 panicky January windows…..not ideal spending traits really

      • HarryHype59

        We always buy from a position of weakness as the club has a reactive recruitment policy.

  • Mrkgw

    Rafa gets his team selection woefully wrong and persists in playing our worst possible line up. Sadly, it would seem that his tenure has already run its course.

  • HarryHype59

    It was only a matter of time before this Championship side ended up in the bottom three! Perhaps the brain dead Ashpologists may finally see why the vast majority of supporters want him out!

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      He always does

    • John

      For spending the same as Liverpool and Burnley combined over the last 3 seasons?

      • FatParosite

        I’m glad you don’t work at the Treasury….

      • HarryHype59

        Suarez explains, the Liverpool surplus, also they are spending from a position of strength.

        Burnley, obviously have a better scouting and player recruitment policy.

        Their British based recuitment policy is one we should look at!

  • Andy Mac

    As I said the other day Rafa’s team selections suggest he’s still looking for his first XI after almost half a season ? The keeper situation is a perfect example ?

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      the best keeper we have is a kid & he`s not going to throw him into a relegation fight, Yet

  • John

    Rafa the average Gaffa has been found out. Without megabucks to spend he’s garbage. The club have spent £180m spent on players in 3 seasons yet it’s still Ashley’s fault somehow. The players are probably not playing for Rafa because he moans about them not being good enough every week.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      How much have they pulled in ?

      • Bb

        105. Net spend is a lot more than other prem clubs

      • Bb

        To put it into perspective, Newcastle’s £75m net spend over 3 seasons is the same as Liverpool and Burnley’s combined

        • TheFatController

          So whichever we way we cook it, between managers and.chief scouts. Ashley’s choices for running the club are appalling ?

          He can’t half pick the wrong people., 10 years and not one good manager, coach, youth director or scouting director among them…

          Thanks, Ashley, but no thanks …

      • Kneebotherm8

        £280 million.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Palace & W Ham were always going to get out of trouble once they upped a gear, both teams have good players.

    • HarryHype59

      They are both now fulfilling their potential.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    the bottom line is, Perez, Hoss, Manquillo & Lejeune need to be benched

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Watching Man C rip into Spurs & tear them apart, God knows what they`ll do to us

  • Martin

    If only Rafa knew as much about football as some of the contributors on this site we would be probably mid table by now.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose


    • Tomb

      Point taken but most on this site know Diame isn’t good enough and would at least give Mitrovich a chance

    • HarryHype59

      If he could get more out of the players he has and buy better, we might be midtable.

  • Desree

    Bobbi can pay me in bitcoin please?

  • Wor Lass

    Well, we`re more-or-less where most people said we`d be when the window shut but we`re not adrift. A couple of good buys in January (plus a few goodbyes!) and a bit of luck should see us pick up more points. We`ve got some massive games against bottom end teams comming up so we have to start winning them It`s the points dropped against the likes of Burnley, Brighton, Huddersfield and Everton that will do us down.

  • Mrkgw

    Letting go of Anita, Gouffran, Murphy and Krul was idiocy. None are world beaters, granted. But, our squad is paper thin and they would be certs over the likes of Joselu, Diame, Murphy, Manquillo etc.

    • GToon

      I certainly think we should have held on to Murphy. He deserved his chance. He’s an international player too, not like that tripe Joselu.

    • Damon Horner

      Not sure what the crack is with Krul. Since his injury his career in general has nosedived based on the success of his loans and the fact he now sits on Brighton’s bench….

      I would have kept hold of Gouff and Anita also but anybody else who thought/said that in the summer were in the minority.

    • Down Under Mag

      Krul I wasn’t too concerned with, but Anita always did a job and could hardly have been worse than what we have in terms of squad cover. Murphy though was a silly decision, he may be old, he may not be able to run around like a 20yo and score you 30+ goals a season but I can guarantee you he would have been more of a threat than Joselu.

    • Buck Blacket

      Anita and Gouffran are struggling for game time at their new clubs in weaker leagues. I don’t think Krul has been used much either. I would have kept Murphy though and I think Rafa would have had he realised fatso was going to shaft him later in the transfer window.

  • Anni Selby

    This Newcastle team ain,t good enough Micky Quinn and Alan Shearer and Bob Mocur David Ginola were prove right,Ashley is missing about with the club,he,s taking this women for a ride who trying do as deal with that fat waster.

  • FatParosite

    Anybody thinks what we got rid of in the summer would be any better than what we have on the field right now deserves to be ritually shafted by Ashley for eternity. The truth is every year we’ve had this idiot wiping his ample glutes with our club he’s done it on an asset stripping shoestring. The trouble for him this time is, the holes in the boat that he knew were there in the summer don’t look like being mended by the fruitless bashing of square pegs in round holes he usually does in the January panic period. As the Swiss cheese boat goes down so does his profit. Benitez more than likely goes by February 1st or some short time thereafter.

  • TheFatController

    Ashley is where the buck stops on managers, MDs, chief scouts and coaches.

    For ten years it’s been desperate.

    Bizarrely people who blame Rafa, not Ashley, think Rafa forced Ashley to employ him….??

    Ashley employed Rafa. Like he employed everyone else who has got us relegated or making last day survivals..

    Consider this. Arsenal have 10k greater capacity, yet today are light years ahead of us. How have they managed to leap ahead of us in the 20 years since the entertainers ?

    And their fans want Wenger sacked! How far Ashley has taken us – he’s a genius …

  • Tomb

    For half the amount we paid for Murphy Leicester signed Vardy Mahrez Drinkwater smeichel

    • HarryHype59

      The scouting/ recruitment policy at this club is still flawed. If new owners do take over at some point, this area needs over hauling.