1 – They’re not very good
New boss, same old Newcastle.
Outplayed by Sunderland on home soil, yesterday’s derby provided a sobering reminder that on the pitch, the Magpies are still having to rely on the same players who got Steve McClaren the sack.
Miracles are one thing but asking Rafa Benitez to turn this lot into a decent footballing side is quite another.
2 – Travel sickness
Newcastle have scored just seven goals away from home this season – and just two since early December.
They’ve also lost eight on the trot on their travels in league and Cup.
It’s asking a lot to improve on that dreadful record in their remaining four away games but for Newcastle to survive, the run must end.