Steve McClaren does not have a lot of time to start to get things right because we just cannot see Mike Ashley letting Newcastle hit rock bottom in the league and doing nothing about it.
And when you realize that our next three games are against Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa we have little chance of picking anything up in the first two games and if Villa manage to beat us at St. James Park – the disaster scenario – we could be in really bad shape after the Villa game.
Maybe not in 20th place but preciously close to it depending on how Villa do in their next two games.
Paul Simpson and Steve McClaren today
So Steve McClaren needs to be decisive and he can start by dropping Moussa Sissoko after another woeful display today.
And Colo is not the captain we need in this crisis situation, and it looks like it was a big mistake to give him a two-year extension in the summer and it could be time to take the captaincy away from him and give it to somebody like Gini Wijnaldum.
Steve could also think about dropping Colo – with the defense looking all at sea this afternoon – we looked basically pathetic as a defensive unit all game long and Palace took full advantage of it.
Steve McClaren has to do something different from last week – because whatever he did last week after the Leicester embarrassment – it certainly didn’t work today.
In his Sky Sports interview after the game Steve said that he has and his team have the experience to get us out of this mess – but they have also got us into this mess.
The season was supposed to start with the Norwich game after a tough first eight games against some tough opposition.
But we have only 7 points from those six games against lesser opposition.
And our players are a lot better than they are showing so far this season, and we have to put some of that down to the coaching.
Coaching is getting the best out of the players you have available- and Steve hasn’t got anywhere near that in the first 14 games.
McClaren has to make some tough decisions this week – and if these performances and results continue he will have only limited time to get it right at Newcastle.
And not much time if relegation looks like it’s beckoning.