It’s pretty tough calling the three teams who will be relegated this season, although Newcastle did their survival hopes the power of good last Saturday when winning 3-2 at West Brom. Nevertheless, they are just a defeat or two away from trouble, with one of the club’s main men admitting that the ‘R’ word is never far away at St James’ Park.
The Daily Mail reports that managing director Derek Llambias has been frustrated that the Magpies failed to snare several of their January transfer targets, meaning that the squad are vulnerable to a relegation dogfight which may not be resolved until the last day of the season.
‘Relegation is a major fear for us too, but we did try to get the players the manager wanted in the transfer window,’ Llambias told The Journal.
‘We aren’t a selling club, we’re a buying club. We are out there in the market. We never said no to any requests. We tried to get Michael Johnson (from Man City) in all sorts of different ways.
‘We tried cash and we tried players. We tried for Nedum Onuoha and we tried for Elano, but none of those combinations came off … we will be going back in the summer for certain individuals.’
It’s fairly safe to say that these ‘certain individuals’ won’t be too bothered about signing for a Championship club! However, around half of the teams in the Premier League can still get sucked into trouble, so presumably Newcastle supporters feel confident that they can pull away from the bottom of the league as they did last season?