Newcastle haven’t made a very good start to the season, just like a year ago at this time, but we seem to have a better squad than last year – with four new players having been brought in over the summer for a cost of over £50M.
And while Wijnaldum, Mitrovic, Mbemba and Thauvin should make a (big) difference, they will take some time to settle in.
Steve McClaren – hopefully things will be better soon – very soon
Add to that the fact we have a new coach in Steve McCalren and an almost completely new coaching staff and it’s almost all change at Newcastle from a year ago.
Then we still had Alan Pardew, John Carver and Steve Stone as the main coaches.
We had a very poor season last year, and a bad start when we picked up only 4 points and no wins in the first seven league games, but then we won six games in a row and at the end of last year we were in good shape.
We were 9th top and had just beaten Chelsea at home for the third year running.
But then the Sack Pardew crew had their ultimate impact, effect and Pardew left the club, and John Carver came in for the last 19 games of the season and we got only 13 points and were almost relegated.
It was touch and go in the last game of the season, but we managed to beat West Ham 2-0 and we were safe.
We see headlines these days about how John Carver saved Newcastle and he got the job done by getting 4 points in the last three games.
That’s nonsense, and while some may want to rewrite history (like John himself for example) – the truth is his reign was a complete disaster for the club.
The fact we are in the same state as we were last year at this time is worrying to Newcastle fans.
We don’t know if it’s because the side simply needs to gel and once that happens we will be OK and Newcastle will start to play well and pick up the wins.
Or, that we may be in for another terrible season and struggle yet again, which we’ve basically done over the last three seasons – and that’s far too long.
Fans are just getting over the living nightmare that was last season, and have been under some stress for a while.
You could see that with the over-the-top reaction to the poor display and another defeat at Upton Park on Monday night.
We hope it’s only because the players still need to gel and once they do we’ll be just fine.
Let’s hope that’s the case, but after what happened when Alan Pardew left, we also know anything is possible at Newcastle.
It’s small wonder fans are just a little bit nervous at the moment,
A win at home against Watford on Saturday will help calm the (already frayed) nerves.
Yes – that’s what we need – a 4-0 win.
I feel a lot better now.
What do you think?