Danny Murphy has given 16 reasons why Steve McClaren’s increasing use of excuses for Newcastle’s feeble start, just doesn’t stand up.

Amongst the excuses the Newcastle Head Coach has used, is that United had a tough set of fixtures.

On top of that he has also claimed significant problems in terms of integrating new signings into the squad/team, plus the fact that he is also new in the job as well.

After being totally out played and humiliated by a Watford team that must surely have been at the top of a Newcastle win hitlist this season, just what excuse can McClaren use now?

According to Danny Murphy, you would have to say that the Newcastle Head Coach’s reasons/excuses are looking a little thin.

Sitting alongside Alan Shearer on Match of the Day, Danny Murphy had this to say:

“A new manager, 15 new players, you talk about needing stability but not with Watford.

“They have only lost one in six games and that was at Manchester City. They have only conceded five goals in six games.

“One thing about them today was playing two up top, nice and courageous football, having a real go.”

That’s right, Watford have not only appointed a new manager in Quique Sanchez Flores, they have also recruited 15 (FIFTEEN) new players.

Despite this, Watford have only been beaten once and are seven points ahead of Newcastle, scoring more goals and conceding less than United.

Obviously they must have had an easy set of opening fixtures….well leaving Newcastle(!) aside, the Hornets have played Manchester City, Everton, Swansea, Southampton and West Brom.

Their fixtures are arguably no harder than Newcastle’s have been.

To sum up just how much change there has been at Watford, of the 18 players they had on duty on the final day of last season, only 8 of them were at St James Park yesterday.

Over to you Steve McClaren.

When will Newcastle play two up top and have a real go?