When Newcastle survived in the Premier League by the skin of their teeth in May, after John Carver had come in for the departed Alan Pardew and almost took Newcastle down to the Championship – the very last thing the club wanted was a bad start to this season.
At the start of last season we gained only 4 points in our first seven league games but then we won five league games in a row (six in all competitions) to get over that difficulty and by the end of the year were in 9th place.
Steve McClaren – much easier if he can turn this around
At the end of last season we won only one game of the last eleven games – which just so happened tp be the very last game of the season.
Before that game we had one point in ten games.
Newcastle brought in Steve McClaren as the new head coach in June and he certainly wasn’t the first choice of most Newcastle fans but most were willing to give him a chance and see if he could turn things around – and that was badly needed at Newcastle.
There have been some good performances this season – Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea- but all too often the team looks too fragile and in any one game anything can happen – it seems a collapse can come at any time.
Newcastle have just 3 points in eight games – the worst start in the league for over 100 years – with three draws from the first eight games and five defeats and 17 goals conceded with a goal difference of -11.
We are already 6 points from safety and it’s only been eight games played.
So it couldn’t be much worse – we suppose we could have lost all eight games but coming after what happened last season has made fans numb.
It’s left me completely numb about what’s happening at Newcastle – it’s another nightmare situation.
While Mike Ashley has been a poor owner of the club it seemed as though he had turned a new leaf at the end of May and would leave the running of the club to a Board of Directors – led by Lee Charnley.
After eight games played Newcastle again look to be a shambles – much like we did with the inexperienced and fallible John Carver in charge earlier this year.
The very last thing Mike Ashley wants is another relegation with Newcastle likely to be getting £135M a season starting next season in the new three-year Premier League TV deal.
We expect there to be emergency meetings at all levels of the club next week when International players return – but if we cannot beat Norwich a week on Sunday things will start looking black indeed.
They are already looking a very deep dark gray.
Mike Ashley will have to take some action before Newcastle are hopelessly set adrift at the bottom of the league table.
We hope that’s not necessary because if McClaren is fired that will be four managers in the last year for the club and eerily similar to what happened when we were relegated in 2009.
We had Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear, Chris Hughton and Akan Shearer in charge at some point during that season.
It will be much easier in almost every way if McClaren can turn this thing around in the next three or four games.
A relegation this season would be an absolute disaster for the club but nobody can say the warning signs have not been there all last season and even the season before that when we lost seven of our last eight games.
It’s looking like it could be deja vu all over again.
That’s not good.