The goals for this season following the complete and utter nightmare of last season were to get in the top eight in the Premier League and to win a cup.
That followed last season and a certain John Carver who lost eight Premier League games in a row for the first time ever and he almost had us relegated.
There is no chance of winning a cup since we went out at the second hurdle of the League Cup and at the first hurdle of the FA Cup.
So we are nowhere near our targets for this season following the disasters of last season.
Steve McClaren – a familiar pose at Newcastle
It was also our worst-ever start in out history after 8 games when we collected only 3 points – three draws – and for the first time in our Premier League history we have been in the basement of the league all season fighting relegation.
That has never happened before.
We are currently third bottom and have just spent close to £29M on new players last month and in total our £81M investment over the last two transfer windows in new players is the most of any Premier League club.
So if we have spent so much money on some good players – expensive players at the very least – what does that tell you?
It says that that head coach Steve McClaren isn’t up to the job, because he simply is not getting the best out of his players.
Don’t believe coaches like Steve Stone who say the Newcastle players are not good enough – he has an invested interest in saying that because he was the assistant to John Carver in last season’s disaster.
And after McClaren was ignominiously fired from Derby County last May you will have to ask Lee Charnley why on earth he thought he was the right choice for Newcastle, when other better coaches were available.
He wasn’t good enough for Derby County but he was good enough for Newcastle United?
We were hoping and praying things would pick up this season and we have tried to be patient.
But now things are getting really serious and we have taken only 4 points out of the last 28 points played for – and last night the way the team played and even lost their discipline at the end of a 3-0 rout at Goodison Park was nothing less than a complete disgrace to the club.
What more does Steve McClaren have to do to be fired by Newcastle?
But don’t expect Lee Charnley to do the firing, because he appointed Steve in the first place and to fire him would validate it was the second calamitous appointment Lee has made for head coach at Newcastle in the last year.
You could point to those two appointments of John Carver and Steve McClaren as the one big reason we have been so pathetic over this last year.
It’s simple – if Steve stays in the job it is a cast iron certainty we will be relegated in May – and don’t expect Steve to bring us up from the Championship at the first attempt.
It will not happen.
So while there’s still time and good managers are available and may still want to come in and try to save Newcastle – we have some good players in the squad after all and a newly ambitious owner – now’s the time for Mike Ashley to take action.
If he leaves it too long nobody will want to touch Newcastle, because we will be almost certainly be relegated and become a Championship club again.
Here’s Steve’s woeful record at Newcastle that would have seen him fired at any other Premier League club.
But what other Premier League club would have hired him last May in the first place after he was fired by Derby County?