We wish it wasn´t so, but when you look at Newcastle´s record under Steve McClaren, maybe the best word to describe it is abysmal.
And after spending £81M on players over the last two transfer windows you wonder how we have got into this mess.
It´s difficult to blame Mike Ashley too much since the end of last season, since he has been willing to spend money like it´s going out of style – but maybe it was just left too late?
Steve McClaren – abysmal record at Newcastle
The Newcastle Board have to be accountable for how they have spent that money.
They have not sufficiently strengthened the defense, which we saw last night is still our Achilles heel and will be now through the rest of this season.
We also did not strengthen the right positions by getting in a proven Premier League striker last summer.
Where would be now if we had spent that £13M we wasted on Florian Thauvin and used it to bring in Charlie Austin last summer.
And even when striker was the number one priority in this January transfer window, we only signed one on the very last day of the window and Doumbia has never played in the Premier League.
We didn´t bother the strengthen the Newcastle defense either last month.
And some of the signings have not been good with Florian Thauvin not even willing to stay around until the end of the season.
We can go on about spending £81M over the last two transfer windows, but if it´s not spent on the right players it doesn´t have the impact it should have,
And our signings are not having the impact they should have.
You can think Steve McClaren is a great coach, a mediocre coach or a poor coach – and that´s an opinion.
But the only real measurement has to be his record .
Here´s his league record this season and in three cup games we won one and lost two.
We are third bottom of the league but our squad is by no means the third worst in the Premier League – in fact it has to be in the top ten.