We still don’t know if Steve McClaren is a good enough head coach for Newcastle and certainly at the moment with Newcastle on 24 points from 25 games and fourth bottom of the league – the stats would say no.
However, there are definite signs that this Newcastle team may be coming together and certainly in most of the games our players fight for the shirt – and that’s almost always been true at home this season, but less so on the road.
Steve McClaren on the line against West Ham – a great 2-1 home win
It was unusual for fans to say the least, to see Mike Ashley pay out £52M last summer in what was Newcastle’s biggest spending window in their history.
We brought in four senior players and Ashley again paid out another £29M in January to bring in another four senior players – with one coming in on loan.
Two of those players brought in last month were Shelvey and Saivet – and since they were introduced Newcastle have played four league games – two at home and two wins against West Ham and West Brom and two poor performances on the road at Watford and Everton – both defeats.
Newcastle have outspent every single Premier League club this season with about £81M spent – so we are hoping we can survive relegation.
If we can do that then the chances are that Steve McClaren will still be the manger for next season – and it looks like we have the basis of a good team if we can get a top striker, center-back and left back drafted in over the summer.
But before we start getting into that too much we need to pick up some wins.
A win at Chelsea on Saturday would be great but not too many Newcastle fans think we can do that.