Usually there are positives to take out of the game, but today there were very few positives to take out of the game – we guess we could say the result could have been 5-0 with Leicester missing some chances and easing off – but other than that – nothing.
It was an appalling display from Newcastle and when you look at our record in the league this season that´s abysmal too.
Steve McClaren and Paul Simpson
Here´s our league record this season.
Steve McClaren agrees the display today – especially in the second half – was appalling as he had this to say after the game:
“It was the worst performance we’ve had this season, very disappointing,” “And off the back of what has been a very good run.”
“We’ve had a big setback today, but that wasn’t us, that was nowhere near good enough, and all we can do is lick our wounds and work hard and make sure we’re better next week.”
The results of only 10 points in 13 games suggests that performance today was us – since the display was consistent with that record.
And we don´t know why it is taking Steve McClaren and his coaching staff this length of time to get Newcastle going.
Yes – he is a new coach with a new coaching staff – and we have some new players in the team – but there are a number of other managers in the Premier League who came in last summer and they are doing well this season.
One of them is Claudio Ranieri whose Leicester City team – after they tore us apart today – are at the top of the Premier League.
Arsenal lost 2-1 at West Brom and Liverpool dismantled Manchester City 4-1 at the Etihad.
And another new manager – Jurgen Klopp is already having an immediate impact at Anfield and his players are playing like men possessed – they certainly played like that today.
After our game at Crystal Palace next week there is a big test against Liverpool at home and we don´t fancy our chances in that game if the Reds play like they played today at the Etihad.
But maybe our players will decide to turn up for that game with Liverpool being such a famous club.
Quique Sanchez Flores of Watford is another manager who has come in and is getting the best out of his players at the Hornets.
We´ll not even mention Alan Pardew who has completely transformed Crystal Palace as soon as he arrived at the London club in early January.
And Mike Ashley has to be asking himself exactly what he got for the £53M Newcastle invested in the summer.
The team and players are letting the fans down this season but those at the top – the Newcastle Board and the owner are doing no better – and they have hardly covered themselves in glory with their decisions this year.
And make no mistake – this year´s results are the worst in the history of the club.
The way the club is being run has never worked in the eight years Mike Ashley has been the owner – we have finished in the top ten only twice and been relegated once.
But we are not changing anything in the way the club is run – and doing the same old things – and we are expecting better results?
There´s something very wrong with Newcastle United – and if we don´t correct things soon we´ll be a Championship club next season.
Yes – we are trying to be patient but a big turnaround has to come – and soon – and we´ll have to spend some really big bucks in January to improve the squad.
This article is not meant to be overly negative – it´s just the facts and the results that are negative.