If Carlsberg did weekends, then the weekend just gone was all for the fans of Newcastle United.
The three days of Premier League football, including Manchester City’s win over Premier League rivals Stoke on Monday night, went as well as they could have for Rafael Benitez and his men, with the majority of their relegation rivals losing ground as the Magpies strolled to a 3-0 victory over Southampton.
The Magpies were the only team from 11th downwards to pick up three points, and while the scenes at West Ham’s London Stadium were shocking to see, the Toon Army will have no problem seeing their rivals implode around them, a trend which continued on Monday with the Saints sacking Mauricio Pellegrino following defeat at St James’ Park.
The Argentinian manager’s departure means that there have now been nine changes in the dugouts at Premier League grounds, with six of the seven teams behind Newcastle swinging the axe.
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However, had it not been Champions League winning manager and firm Toon Army favourite Benitez at the helm of St James’ Park, then the Magpies could have joined the managerial merry-go-round, and massive credit needs to be paid to owner Mike Ashley for sticking with the Spaniard.
In the cut throat world of the Premier League, the north east side’s abysmal form earlier in the campaign, which saw them pick up one point from a possible 27, would have usually been cause for serious concern and a possible change of manager, but despite temptation, Ashley stuck by his man and came out better for wear on the other side.
It would not have been an easy decision for the British businessman, who is known for ignoring to Toon Army’s wishes and doing what he wants on Tyneside, but as top flight safety gets ever closer, it is time to applaud the controversial owner’s decision.
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