Newcastle One Point Worse Off Than In 1999


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 scores again

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?

Comments welcome.


148 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 5, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #1

    If only it were as simple as choosing when our season begins.

    Looking at the fixtures, normally you’d be able to spot some easier points, but I look through that list and see teams which are battling for points, over the full game, not just one half.

    Busy week on the training field ahead.

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  • John Tudor

    Oct 5, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #2

    same as we have now no doubt

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  • hibbit

    Oct 5, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #3

    jib if you think for one minute that the nufc board take into account the dealings of any other club in there decision making your wrong they don’t consider our club never mind any other clubs thinking in there decision making there not interested in what any one thinks says does it has no bearing on this clubs decisions what so ever

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  • catchy in norway

    Oct 5, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #4

    Good morning Everyone, even you Ibiza

    whilst im not happy with how we played in the second half against City, i DO see us making steps in the right direction, the worst thing that could have happened was Jose saying what he did last week, i bet pellegrini used it in the half time team talk. and for what its worth it was only 25 mins that we fell to bits in the second half, the first half i thought we were the better team, the had some good individuals in the first half, but that is to be expected, there team is a very expensive and experienced team.

    we may be bottom, but i do expect us to start climbing up now the hard games have passed, i think its more physiological than ability.

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  • catchy in norway

    Oct 5, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #5

    the next 7 games are all very winable

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  • terencelim

    Oct 5, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #6

    Thanks to Mike Ashley

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  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 5, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #7

    Catchy… 🙂

    I do hope you’re right. Only time will tell. One thing is for sure, we can’t go any further down the table, so you’re probably right.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 5, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #8

    terencelim…Good for you. I often forget my Monday morning offering of thanks to Mike.

    I usually sacrifice some livestock in the afternoon instead. Seems to balance out.

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  • hibbit

    Oct 5, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #9

    catchy there’s the small matter of a derby is that winnable ???

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  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 5, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #10

    ed

    why do you keep banging on about pardew. yes we had 2 good runs, 2 years apart, but just before ap left, the everton game apart, we were in the middle of yet another truly miserable run that has characterised the last few years . Not many managers are so bad they get their own personal sack campaign.

    If truth be told if this was in any way a properly run club the likes of Pardew, carver, SM, allardyce, souness would never have come anywhere near being considered to run us.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 5, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #11

    would relegation really mean the end of ashley and those tacky sd and wonga signs plastered everywhere. i have my doubts.

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  • one fine day

    Oct 5, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #12

    Ed,
    Can you give it up with Pardue comparisons.
    He is gone end of.
    And he went when it suited Alan Pardue ,he wasn’t forced out .
    Isn’t it time for a Charlie Austin link.?

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  • John Tudor

    Oct 5, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #13

    swams eye austin

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  • Jib

    Oct 5, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #14

    Rotonda heights

    I could paraphrase that to read.

    Not many clubs have a section of fans so sad that
    they do their own personal sack campaign, and are so cowardly they remain anonymous.

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  • John Tudor

    Oct 5, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #15

    jap eye austin

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  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 5, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #16

    how the hell does SM think we were unlucky against city. they didn’t have kompany and aguerro and silva went off with nearly half an hour left!

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Oct 5, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #17

    I’m losing hope. If we sack McClaren we’ll just another awful manager. My guess would be Moyes, but it could be even worse. People like Lambert, Bruce, Pearson and other British managers with scrappy dull styles that have been forgotten about. We’ve been hiring joke managers since Souness.

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  • Jib

    Oct 5, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #18

    Rotonda knows so much about the Toon that he names 2 managers appointed by the previous regime !!!!!

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha

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  • catchy in norway

    Oct 5, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #19

    hibbit

    i think that will be the start of something good, i think the nervs will be settled v Norwich then Shteve can get his NUFC career really started, he hasn’t lost the last 4 against SAFC we have.

    im not sure what everyone really expected from us, like i have said before we had the hardest start on paper of any team in the prem, and that is not just me saying it, all the so called top pundits said so, so its been exactly how it was expected.

    Chelsea have had a much worse start than us, given there expectations and squads,

    it has taken 4 years for us to get to this point, it was never going to fixed over night, esp with those fisrt 8 games, people need to calm down and give this team a chance.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 5, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #20

    If only people with a rare form of pyschosis would remain anonymous

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  • Son of Geordie

    Oct 5, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #21

    Expectations are so low for me now that I expect a loss but hope for a win. Temporarily raising my expectations has just made me disappointed these past few weeks
    More Nitro
    More Perez
    More players who give a sh@t

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 5, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #22

    Catchy,
    The next 11 are all winnable, but then so were Watford, West Ham and Sheff Wed. I think we need 20 points from the next 11 matches, and if we don’t achieve that we will be in serious trouble. That is a pretty tough task given our form.

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  • Jib

    Oct 5, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #23

    Son of Geordie
    I thought that’s why SM picked Goofy because he appears to give a shit , unfortunately Man City soon sussed he’s no midfielder.

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  • John Tudor

    Oct 5, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #24

    thats why makro is clueless

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  • Son of Geordie

    Oct 5, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #25

    Fair point jib, caring is not enough is it.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 5, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #26

    I thought Gouffran was picked because Colback was injured?

    Also could argue it wasn’t so much Man City sussing out that he’s no midfielder, but that Gouffran within minutes demonstrated to anyone watching that he wasn’t.

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  • Tinman

    Oct 5, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #27

    Our season starts now, watch us go on a fantastic run.

    P.S best thing about this article was the Bobby quote, classic

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  • Son of Geordie

    Oct 5, 2015 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #28

    Tinman
    I like your optimism, a winning run through Christmas is what we need, dare to dream

    I dare not let myself think like that for fear of more disappointment

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  • manxpie

    Oct 5, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #29

    I do find it funny the people having a pop at ed about pardew are the ones that if there dreams had come true and pardew was doing a shocking job at palace every one of there posts would be awash with pardew this or that!

    Now it’ll be mclaren for the high jump when are people gonna realise that under Ashley rthe squad has never or will never be good enough, at the minute It’s not even good enough for 90 mins let alone a full season it was never all the managers fault simple as that

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Oct 5, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #30

    Jib
    Sorry didn’t see your post yesterday
    5-1 good bloody odds would of been a nice pay day.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 5, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #31

    Our season starts now, I wish someone had told me that our season would start after 8 games so I wouldn’t have wasted my time on them.

    I guess we will be taking January and Feb off as we play Arsenal, Man U, City and Chelsea in the space of 8 games then as well….

    Very typical of the defeatist attitude that seems to be rife throughout the club.

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  • cyprus

    Oct 5, 2015 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #32

    Unlucky to concede 6 though Steve? Anyway we should’ve been 2 up which would’ve made it harder. And we should’ve held on for the first half, we all just knew it was somehow going in. That was a deflection, if I can play the excuses card too.

    Anyway, it’s true, we must look forward. You said judge you after 10, I’ll be nice and give you till xmas. If iy doesn’t work, please walk.

    Ed, Ed, your posts are usually really balanced but when it comes to Pardew you talk of the ‘crowd’ who just ruined everything when we were doing SO well. Ed, man, why the blinders, I don’t get it. We were very poor with that coach, receiving regular spankings and losing streaks. Relegation was our favourite flirt. What’s a matta with you man. Snap out of it 🙂

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  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 5, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #33

    Catchy

    I understand we ‘ve had some tough games but promoted watford at home and SW reserves at home with a strong team??

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  • SPRINGY

    Oct 5, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #34

    morning all
    the next 4 games for macca are crucial….and the players need to man the f**k up!…1st half at city was good but 2nd half was spineless…..has our captain made a statement or has he just hid and left that up to the rest of the squad to deal with??

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  • cyprus

    Oct 5, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #35

    Pardew wasn’t good for us and possibly this guy isn’t either. Reality is, we may have to do some changing around till we get it right: players, coaches, management.

    Changing Ashley is an unrealistic fantasy. There is NO ONE out there, right now.

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  • SPRINGY

    Oct 5, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #36

    cyprus
    if things dont change before xmas..we’ll be to far adrift….mid november at the latest

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  • cyprus

    Oct 5, 2015 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #37

    springy,
    good point. Hope not

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Oct 5, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #38

    I think Charnley is the one that has to go. Although he did well in the transfer market this year, he is too conservative in his manager choice and will always go for what seems like a safe option by picking someone with a lot of experience managing in England. It doesn’t seem to matter that they’ve never done too well and have been moving down the ladder for 10-15 years.

    Ashley is out the picture now, so his only fault is picking Charnley. We need a good managing director who can spot a talented up and coming manager. A good manager (something we’ve not had since Robson) will turn everything around.

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  • Toon Tang

    Oct 5, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #39

    Same old same old eh..

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  • cyprus

    Oct 5, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #40

    Has any team ‘eliminated’ that Aguero character? I recognise his ‘amazingness’, but surely it’s been done? Maybe Anita, or whomever, should’ve man-marked him all game? It’s maybe worth it, if doable.

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