Steve McClaren has been consistent in saying that it will take some time for his new Newcastle side to get going this season – and that’s certainly true because we have made our worst start for over 115 years with just 3 points from the first eight games.
Of course, the national press are just loving it so there are stories all over the place this morning that things look bad for Newcastle with one of our best players – Tim Krul – out for the season.
Ian Cathro, Paul Simpson and Steve McClaren at Benton
Harry Redknapp doesn’t think we have the players and betting shop Ladbrokes has Steve and Tim Sherwood as join favorites to be fired next – and both are at 2/1.
But on the other side of things – the positive side – which you don;t hear too much about – we’ve seen Newcastle play really well at times.
The games against Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea are three good examples and we weren’t too bad against the Saints in the first game of the season.
But the moment of truth is fast approaching and we have eleven games left through the end fo the year with the next six games being winnable that take us through to the end of November.
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
We are 6 points from safety at the moment so we will need quite a few wins before the end of the year to be clear of the relegation zone by then.
Every one of those games are winnable for Newcastle, although the last two are against teams in the top five of the Premier League at the moment.
With Karl Darlow, Rob Elliot and Freddie Woodman available to Newcastle with Tim Krul out we should be OK in goal for the rest of the season but we need Karl or Rob to play near their best for us – and who knows – with Freddie back from his loan at Crawley Town he may even get a chance at some point this season.
Certainly he looked the part in pre-season.
But at the very latest by the end of November we should know what this season will look like.
We hope we can some wins on the board in those six upcoming games.
Please let it not be another relegation fighting season.