Newcastle are coming to the end of 2015, which has been just a nightmare for Newcastle fans as we only just avoided relegation in May and then started this season off with just three draws in our first eight games before we started to actually win some games.
We have won only seven league games all year.
It´s 30 points from 36 games and that compares to Alan Pardew´s record of 61 points from 36 games at Crystal Palace this year after he left us early in January.
That Pardew record in London doesn´t make things any easier at Newcastle.
Steve McClaren – training at Benton
Here´s our record under Newcastle´s two managers this year.
Steve McClaren has said this in the Chronicle today about the record this year.
“That hasn’t been good enough.” “No, I don’t regret taking this job – that’s how it worked out and that’s how it was.”
“I don’t think we ever knew where we’d finish. We had a new manager coming in and new players as well.”
“There was also the aftermath of what happened last season. It was very much an unknown.”
“We said look at it after 10 to 12 games, but then someone said it’s usually the first 19 for time to judge – and we have two of them to go.”
“We are where we are, but we want to have a better second half to the season than we did the first.” “You always have to make targets. We’re not even halfway through yet. Let’s see where we finish.”
“I can’t guarantee we will be better. We’re working and working and seeing the progress. More consistency needs to be there and we need a damn better second half then we did the first.”
“We need a better 2016 than 2015, when there wasn’t a lot to cheer about – all the way through.”
While Steve is right to say he cannot guarantee anything – hopefully our last nine games where we have four wins and two draws will be indicative of what we can do in the final 21 games of the season.
There´s a lot of hope in that statement, but we also have some good players who are starting to gel more – and we can pull away from the bottom of the league.
That should be sooner rather than later and it would certainly help the nerves.