Why Fans Shouldn’t Expect Miracles At Stoke City

Lost 2-0 at West Ham, won 6-2 at home to Norwich, lost 3-0 at home to Leicester, lost 3-0 at Everton.

The first three are the results Newcastle had after International breaks last year and the 3-0 loss at Everton came after we had no game when the 4th round of the FA Cup was being played.

So in the games Newcastle have played following breaks we have only won one and in three of them we couldn´t even score a goal.

steve mcclaren man united at home

Steve McClaren – Newcastle manager

So maybe we shouldn´t hold our breath too much about the game two weeks tonight at Stoke City – which is getting to be an almost must-win game, but certainly it´s  a game we cannot lose.

If we lose at the Britannia Stadium  we have three more away games in the next five fixtures and Newcastle may decide at that time to fire manager Steve McClaren.

Although you can never accuse those who run Newcastle of being decisive in any way.

Certainly there is nothing we can see this season that says McClaren can pull Newcastle away from the relegation zone, because when we do get a win it nearly always seems to be followed by a poor or even a disastrous result.

We were hammered at Everton and everybody thought that was acceptable, including Steve McClaren –   and then in the next game at home we beat West Brom 1-0 in one of our best displays of the season.

There was real hope we could start winning games.

The Chelsea debacle could well have been our worst performance of the season and was simply embarrassing – we were so poor on the day and almost the whole team didn´t turn up.

And that was the 26th league game this season – ample time for Steve McClaren and company to have Newcastle playing well and being well organized – but we looked a complete and utter shambles.

So maybe our best performance against West Brom was followed by our worst performance at Chelsea.

Steve McClaren has gone on about the lack of consistency of the Newcastle team all  season – one step forward then two stops back – but he must share the responsibility for that – along with the players.

The head coach´s job is to get the best out of the players available and Steve McClaren has some good players available after eight expensive players have been brought in at a cost of just over £80M this season.

Few would say he has got the best out of the Newcastle squad this season.

It´s difficult for us to put a case together that Steve should retain his position as manager – even though that would be the easiest and cheapest solution for Newcastle.

But to say Newcastle are holding off on sacking Steve and his team because of the payout needed on their contracts is completely missing the point.

Newcastle stand to lose £140M a season for three years from the Premier League if we are relegated.

You always have to look at the big picture and in  any case contracts usually have a one year payoff clause in  them for termination.

Just like last season fans are left hoping (and praying) for the best – that we can avoid relegation.

Did we say it´s just not good enough?

What do you think?

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