With Fulham’s 2-0 loss today to Burnley, and West Brom’s 3-1 loss to Arsenal on Sunday Newcastle United is officially safe from relegation.
After Newcastle’s surprising win over Leicester. Both teams would have had to win their last 4 matches to have a shot at Premier League safety. Fulham realistically could have kept things interesting if they had won every single match going into their final match against Newcastle and if Newcastle had lost all of their matches leading up to the Fulham match. That did not happen however and Newcastle are mathematically safe from relegation
Next year’s Premier League teams are practically set now with Norwich and Watford having already secured promotion. The final spot will be determined via the Championship playoffs and will go to either Brentford, Bournemouth, Swansea, or Barnsley.
With the bottom of the table set, all of the drama in the Premier League is going to be in a race for who will secure spots for next year’s Champions League and Europa League. Manchester City has an opportunity to win the Premier League when they play Newcastle this week. If they were to lose, that would shake up a race for the Premier League title. West Ham, Leicester, Chelsea, and Tottenham are all still fighting for a spot in the Champions League in a fight that could go down to the final day of the season.
The drama on Tyneside now shifts back to the proposed Saudi takeover of the club and Steve Bruce’s future as a manager. While there is nothing suggesting Steve Bruce could be fired, “better” managers are available and the Newcastle squad is much more attractive than it was when Rafa left. Managers like Gennaro Gattusohave been linked to the club, while jobless managers like Eddie Howe are reportedly “waiting on a call from Newcastle”. Regarding the takeover, there is always something new that gives fans a glimmer of hope that something positive to come of the situation. Regardless, it seems as if the saga could be partially concluded this summer as the arbitration could be concluded in the next few months. Even if the takeover bid fails it seems as if Ashley is committed to offloading the club in some capacity, and as the pandemic winds down it appears as if more potential buyers could come into the picture.
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Howay the lads, and have a drink because Newcastle will be in the Premier League next season!