Even after we drew with Manchester United and beat West Ham recently Newcastle were still in third bottom place and then on Saturday we lost at Watford – the third time the newly promoted side have beaten us this season, and we lost points to Aston Villa, Sunderland, Bournemouth and Swansea and we now find ourselves 3 points from safety when you consider our poor goal difference.
We were told after the first eight games that got us a measly 3 points that the season started now at Norwich and we won that game 6-2, but in the last 15 games we still have picked up only 18 points and the promised revival has just not happened.
Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley
Our results have been terrible.
And the question that Mike Ashley will be faced with soon is how long can he wait for Steve McClaren and company to turn things around?
Newcastle have spent £70M on new players since last season, the most of any Premier League club other than Manchester City and we have precious little to show for it.
So that´s a case of poor recruitment, or that McClaren and company are not getting the best out of what they have available – or a combination of the two.
We will be hoping to add two more players to the squad this week with a striker being the major need of the team since we are creating chances but we cannot convert them.
And the fact we still leak far too many goals at the back means we are having trouble at both ends of the pitch and that´s not good.
Our next game is at Everton a week on Wednesday where Swansea won yesterday afternoon 2-1 – their second successive win – and if we are beaten again that could see us even further behind the teams above us.
Newcastle will need to go all out for two good players in the final 7 days of the transfer window, but they have probably left it too late and missed out on their best striker option – Charlie Austin.
Charlie who was snapped up by Southampton for £4M and he scored and won the game for them at Old Trafford on Saturday 8 minutes after he came on and gave the Saints an immediate payback on that £4M.
Newcastle could well pay the price this season for lack of ambition and far too much mismanagement from the top of the club since we were 5th top in 2012 and were expected to push on.
It´s certainly looking that way at the moment.