Steve McClaren will know all about what happened last season at Newcastle with protests starting against Alan Pardew when we made a poor start to the season with just 4 points from our first seven league games and the Sack Pardew crew appeared.
And they got their wish at the end of last year when Pardew had had enough of all the abuse, and the Wimbledon-born manager left Newcastle suddenly half way through the season with Newcastle in 9th place – and started what looks like a very successful career in London at Crystal Palace.
Steve McClaren on the sidelines Saturday
And then with John Carver appointed in his place the fans turned again on owner Mike Ashley when our results started to go belly up, with this time the Ashley Out crew and they wanted Newcastle fans to stay away from the games.
That was very reminiscent of what some fan groups asked for during our relegation season – there were demonstrations against Ashley before some home games (which we lost) and we were relegated.
That happened when Newcastle had gone on a terrible losing streak which lasted eight games in a row, our worst ever run in the Premier League.
Given that backdrop from last season when things started to go wrong (again) at Newcastle, we saw Steve McClaren after the game on Saturday plead with the fans to stick together.
It looks like McClaren is fearful that protests will start up again, and he is savvy enough to know that will only make things a lot worse for him and for the players.
Steve McClaren has been adamant there is no crisis at Newcastle and he has explained that he and his staff have the experience and skill to turn things around.
Certainly the head coach will have a better chance of doing that as long as the Geordie fans stay behind the team.
We hope the fans are patient, yes we know that´s hard, but who knows – we may even be in 9th place at the end of the year, after a rocky start.
After all, that´s exactly what happened a year ago.