Eight games into the Premier League season and Newcastle United already find themselves in a perilous situation.

This is despite encouraging performances against Manchester United, Chelsea and Southampton, sadly though old habits from last season seem to be creeping in.

Never mind a game of two halves, Newcastle United are looking a team of two halves. At the moment, there seems to be two sides; one that shows guile, the ability to fight for each other and get ourselves out of this position, whilst the other looks so fragile, lacking in confidence and one that looks worryingly consigned to a relegation dogfight already.

Reports indicate that McClaren wanted experienced players to aid those that were recruited in the summer and this argument is one that I support. We need experience in the dressing room, leaders, players like Barton and Nolan, ones who are not afraid to face it head on.

The defence have been making the same mistakes in games, including Coloccini. Service to Mitriovic and Perez is almost non-existent at the moment, with no creativity in midfield. We are missing a Ginola, Robert, or latterly Hatem Ben Arfa, to help unlock defences.

I fear that if we continue to play the way we did against West Ham, Manchester City ( in the second half) and other games where we struggled to muster a shot on target, then we could be entertaining teams like Leeds, Ipswich and Birmingham next season in the Championship.

Shearer says he does not know what kind of Newcastle will turn up each game and that for me is the most worrying and disturbing indictment on the club’s situation right now. Much as we try to encourage the lads to win, it is hard to see where one will come from at the moment, with the team seemingly low in confidence and morale.

We as fans have an expectation that we will be a top 10 team again but at the moment we have so many problems to overcome, it looks like it will need a manager of the same quality as the great Sir Bobby Robson or Kevin Keegan to first save and then turn this club around.

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