It´s difficult to know what happens to Newcastle now after two pitiful performances where we have looked so frail that it seems almost a certainty that if we don´t improve soon we could end up being relegated this season – and that´s the complete nightmare scenario for a still proud Newcastle United club.
And by the end of this year we could be locked into being bottom or second bottom of the league since there are some tough games coming up against Liverpool, Tottenham, Everton and Arsenal in the next six games.
Steve McClaren after the game yesterday
The players looked hopeless yesterday and they must take a lot of the responsibility for where we are, but so does Steve McClaren and good coaches can get the best out of the players they have.
That´s their job.
Look at the way Sir Bobby Robson came in during September of 1999 and took over a team that were simply hopeless, second bottom of the league and completely gutted and lacking in confidence.
And in only his second game in charge we won 8-0 at home and the players played out of their skins with a previously off-form Shearer scoring five goals – so good coaches can inspire players to play well.
Jurgen Klopp has some Liverpool players playing out of their skins for him at the moment after just over seven weeks in charge.
Bobby Robson did that at Ipswich for 13 years and look at the way Sam Allardyce has started to get Sunderland playing well in defense – with two clean sheets this week and 6 points and they have doubled their points total since last Monday.
So yes we don´t have a strong squad but it was worse than this a year ago when somehow Alan Pardew got five league wins in a row after a very dodgy start to the season and since then Newcastle have spent £53M in the summer transfer market.
So we don´t think things are past redemption.
But there have to be growing questions about whether Steve McClaren is the right man for this job.
We were shocked he was appointed in the first place just a couple of weeks after he was fired by Derby County – when there were plenty of other good managers available.
But we were also willing for him to be successful at Newcastle and still are.
But he must get a turnaround going at Newcastle very soon otherwise we could be in a deep hole after our game at Arsenal on January 2nd.
The more games we lose the deeper the hole we are digging for ourselves and we have already lost eight of the first fourteen league games.
And the recruitment in January will be that much harder with Newcastle being so low down in the league and staring another relegation in the face.
It´s certainly not a good situation at Newcastle after another embarrassing debacle yesterday.