Newcastle have 11 games to go before the end of this year – which so far has been horrendous for Newcastle with just 16 points from the 27 league games played – compare that to the 47 points Crystal Palace have picked up under Alan Pardew this year in those 27 games.
Sergio Aguero scoring one of his five goals
It´s probably a good thing to think that the season starts now and we have finished the tough eight games schedule, but we have to start winning games.
This is our worst start ever in the Premier League, the previous worst start being back in 1999-2000 when Sir Bobby Robson was brought in for the fired Ruud Gullit.
We had one point from the first seven league games then, but we won the eighth game .
That was the 8-0 win against Sheffield Wednesday at St. James’ Park on September 19th – Bobby´s home debut as Newcastle manager.
After the game Bobby famously said:
“We scored nine and you can’t score more than that.”
Bless his heart.
That came after losing 5-1 at Manchester United on 30th August after Gullit had been sacked after the 2-1 defeat at home to Sunderland, and Steve Clark was the caretaker manager before Bobby was appointed.
So we are one point worse off than that start after eight games played.
This is what Steve McClaren said after the Manchester City mauling:
“We have played a lot of top teams. Our season now has to begin.” “We have to take encouragement from whatever we can.”
“We have had a tough eight games, but I have seen enough in the last two weeks that we can win football matches.”
“We were unlucky last week and this week.” “There is enough in there, we just need consistency.”
Here´s the 11 games we have through the end of this year:
October Sun 18 16:00 H Norwich City Sun 25 12:00 A Sunderland Sat 31 15:00 H Stoke City November Sat 07 12:45 A Bournemouth Sat 21 15:00 H Leicester City Sat 28 15:00 A Crystal Palace December Sat 05 15:00 H Liverpool Sat 12 15:00 A Tottenham Sat 19 15:00 H Aston Villa Sat 26 15:00 H Everton Mon 28 15:00 A WBA
How many points do you think we can have by the turn of the year?