After doing so well to beat both Liverpool and Tottenham in successive games we have slumped again against the lesser teams and have taken one point out of home games against bottom club Aston Villa and Everton and a road game at West Brom – who hadn’t won in their last five games.
So we have lost two in a row and next up at Arsenal at the Emirates and Manchester United at home a week on Tuesday, following the 3rd round FA Cup game at Watford a week on Saturday.
Steve McClaren – cannot lose the next two games
We will probably field a weakened side against Watford given we have Manchester United at home four days later – so we don’t expect to have an FA Cup run this season – but what’s new?
By aiming modestly at being a top ten club in the Premier League we have become a club fighting relegation in three of the last four seasons and unless the rot can be stopped quickly we could be relegated in May.
Missing out on all that new Premier League TV rights money will no doubt motivate Mike Ashley to spend big money next month.
But the club is being run by people at the top above McClaren, who don’t seem to be well qualified with the skills, experience or personalities to run a club as big as Newcastle – and until that’s fixed we could continue to struggle.
Having lost two games in a row we cannot really lose the next two because that would be a single point from the last 15 and that would surely put Steve McClaren in danger of being fired.
This is a crucial time of the season and we cannot continue to lose games.
There are a couple of good managers still available who could possibly come in if Steve cannot do the job.
But the easiest way out of this is for the current coaching staff to pull Newcastle though and a new manager is not always a silver bullet.
Former Everton and Manchester United manager David Moyes could come in for us and there’s also former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers available.
We think Moyes would come to Newcastle and he recently turned Swansea down – but we’re not sure that Rodgers would want to come to Tyneside.
We hope that’s not necessary and the lads can get one win in the next two games.
But it’s wins we need now to get away from the relegation zone.
With only four league games in January and in the two months after that, we could be down in the bottom three for some time if we cannot start winning some games.
And yes – we need some good players brought in during January, but they take time to introduce into the team – more is not always better with new players coming in.
To have a season like this after the calamity of the last 19 games of last season is very hard to take.
What do you think?