Newcastle’s next game is two weeks on Wednesday (March 2nd) at Stoke City – and after losing six games in a row away from home it’s unlikely we can get anything out of that game – but that’s what we need.
You can bet your life that Mark Hughes will tell his players this game should only last 20 minutes – so go all out right from the start – and if it works we will be 2-0 or 3-0 up by then – and the game will be over.
Newcastle’s frailty on the road was laid bare last Saturday when we were a complete and utter shambles and lost 5-1 and were 3-0 down after only 17 minutes.
Some pundits called it the worst performance by a team in the Premier League this season and we seemed to be all at sea.
Steve McClaren – it’s too much for him
Not a good reflection on the coach, who had a full week to prepare the team and was making noises about expecting to take something out of the game.
And the debacle at Chelsea came after Steve McClaren by his own words said the performance in the previous away game at Everton had been unacceptable, when we lost 3-0.
And don’t forget those two performances came after we brought four players in over the January transfer window at a cost of £29M.
We let in a massive 8 goals in those games and our goal difference became even worse than it was – and it was already bad enough.
And this comes after seven months of Steve McClaren as head coach and our worst ever start to any Premier League season and we have been in the bottom four all season long.
And we have spent £81M on new players this season in total – more than any other Premier League club.
You may ask what does Steve McClaren now need to do to get sacked?
And when you compare where we were in our relegation season back in 2009 with where we are today there’s no comparison.
We are much worse off today.
Seven years ago we were 14th after 26 games with 28 points.
Here is a comparison of the records.
Any Chairman looking at those stats above would think there was just cause to fire the manager.
McClaren keeps promising things will get better but the Premier League status of Newcastle is now in severe jeopardy with only 12 games left to pick up the required points.
How long are the powers that be at Newcastle going to trust McClaren with Newcastle’s destiny?
If the club delays a decision – which appears to be what’s happening – then it could be too late when the likes of Lee Charnley wake up and decide to fire McClaren.
Newcastle seem unable to take decisive action when it’s necessary – and they did absolutely nothing last year and almost allowed the inept John Carver to take us down to the Championship.
It was nothing that Lee Charnley did that kept us up.
If we leave it to say eight games to go as we did back in 2009 when we brought in Alan Shearer – it was too late to make a difference – and how many good managers would want the job then in any case?
Newcastle are missing a golden opportunity to bring in a new experienced manager now and give him two weeks to work with the team in southern Spain.
If nothing is done it means those running the club have learned absolutely nothing from what happened last season and relegation will begin to look more and more likely with every subsequent away defeat.