It was more than depressing to lose yesterday at Watford, after we had done so well in beating West Ham last week but lose we did against a side that had lost their last four league games.
The performance was OK but we still think with the players we have we should be doing much better than the results we are getting.
Who would have thought last August that we would be 3rd bottom in late January?
Steve McClaren – must start producing results
Newcastle still have time to improve the squad before a week tomorrow when the transfer window closes shut – and we are supposed to be after Andros Townsend and Saido Berahino although the club were hoping to sign both players last week.
And with both of them there seems to be complications because they both appear to be too expensive for Newcastle.
So before we leave it to the last day of the window and possibly fail, we have to get a good striker in before too long.
If we don´t then it will be our own fault and we will probably deserve to be relegated because of the incompetence coming from the top of the club for far too long.
That´s one card we can play and hopefully we will play that big time.
Since beating Liverpool and Tottenham in successive games – we have lost five of our last eight games in all competitions and won only one – and those results are simply not good enough.
After a disastrous start of only 3 points from the first eight games McClaren said the seasons starts now against Norwich, but in the 15 games since then we have only 18 points.
We didn´t want Steve McClaren brought in over the summer when better managers were available to us, and how many other Premier League clubs would have hired a manager who had just been fired by Derby County.
That´s the level of ambition Lee Charnley has and so far the appointment has been as much a disaster as Lee´s appointment of John Carver.
What management/executive experience and what football knowledge does this man have to qualify as the leading executive at Newcastle?
McClaren has said he has needed time to get the squad to gel but we don´t see new managers like West Ham´s Slaven Bilic, Watford´s manager Quique Flores or Leicester´s manager Claudio Ranieri having much trouble and all their sides are in the top ten and thriving.
Not at Newcastle.
Leicester are top, West Ham 6th and Watford 10th.
Steve McClaren for all his positive comments after games is in serious trouble if results don´t improve after January.
We just cannot see Mike Ashley sitting back and watching Newcastle in the bottom three over the next few months – without trying to do something about it.
And for Steve to say yesterday he expected the relegation fight to go down to the wire certainly cannot have impressed Mike Ashley and others after £70M has been spent on new players since the end of last season.
Why Steve said that we have no idea, but it could come back to bite him in the future – if results don´t improve.
So those are the two cards Newcastle have left to play and the first card will be played out by a week tomorrow – and we hope two very good players or more are signed by then and that one of them is a top striker.
Then Steve McClaren will have to start producing the results and not say we are terrific and controlled the game when we continue to lose.