If ever Newcastle United needed a win it´s on Saturday at Crystal Palace when Steve McClaren will go head to head against former manager Alan Pardew.
Palace were surprisingly beaten 1-0 at Selhurst Park on Monday night by Sunderland, so let´s hope we can also get a win on Saturday.
But a defeat in this game will set alarm bells going off at St. James’ Park – and if it doesn´t – it should.
Yes – Steve McClaren is already under pressure
Before last Saturday we thought we were coming back with 7 points in four games when the season ¨started” after we were torn apart 6-1 at Man City and that was the end of a tough eight game start to the season that got us only 3 points – our worst start ever in the league.
Not exactly what we were expecting in the summer.
Steve McClaren said the season started against Norwich in the next game – and the 6-2 win seemed to put us on our way and in the game at Bournemouth we were completely out-played but luck was on our side in the amazing 1-0 win.
But then last Saturday we put in probably the worst display of the season in front of 50,000 Newcastle fans to lose 3-0 against Leicester City.
Let´s just say the performance was embarrassing to Newcastle fans everywhere.
It was a complete disgrace and the pressure is now on Steve McClaren to turn the season around – and quickly too.
We have only 10 points from 13 games played even though we spent over £52M in the summer transfer window and it´s 3 points worse off than in our relegation season seven years ago.
McClaren has to start turning things around and show he´s capable of getting results at Newcastle before we get too mired in a relegation battle.
Otherwise, this will be the third season in four we will be fighting against relegation, and if that happens it shows the way the club is being run is simply not working – and it has to change.
There´s something wrong somewhere.