It’s three years to the day that Newcastle United beat Huddersfield Town 1-0 at St James’ Park to go 12th in the Premier League table and seven points clear of the relegation zone with seven games remaining.
Rafael Benitez was in charge and the Magpies would go on to finish the season in 10th with 44 points – their highest position and best tally in the top-flight since 2014.
Things are a lot different now, however, as Newcastle sit 17th in the Premier League, just two points above the drop zone and are favourites with bookmakers to be relegated with Sheffield United and West Bromwich Albion.
Steve Bruce replace Benitez in the summer of 2019 and his side are winless in their last six games. There’s a genuine fear Newcastle could fall into the bottom three in their final nine games of the season, but Bruce’s job doesn’t appear to be under threat.
United have picked up only two wins in 2021 and have failed to win 18 of their last 20 games in all competitions. There was hope on March 31 in 2018, but things look grim right now and the Magpies are sadly on course for their third relegation in 12 years.