Out with the old and in with the new…hopefully.
It is a minor miracle that Newcastle United remain in the Premier League, along with Sunderland and Aston Villa they have been the three consistently worst teams of recent seasons.
Looking at the Premier League table at the halfway stage, Sunderland are up to their necks in it and as for Villa…they are having to send divers down!
So what about Newcastle United?
Well with all three promoted clubs making a decent go at staying up, or even better, there are no lame ducks – or at least no new ones to the Premier League.
In the bottom three at the halfway point with Arsenal and Manchester United up next, the signs are ominous.
Captain, sorry Head Coach, Steve McClaren says not to worry we’re not sunk yet and if the team just keep on what they are doing they’ll be alright…
Is he simply deluded, purely spinning the party line, or are the team really just unlucky? When the United boss talks of Newcastle having ‘dominated’ West Brom you do have to worry, the home side had 22 shots and 18 corners which suggests that if there was any domination going on, it wasn’t coming from the visitors.
Taking this calendar year, it is truly horrendous. Even Steve McClaren can’t argue that it is 100% relegation form, although he has only been in charge for half of the matches in that time.
Either the whole club is rotten or the way it is being run is rotten, you decide.
A few statistics for Newcastle in the Premier League in 2015…
There have been 22 defeats and only 7 wins in the 38 matches.
Newcastle’s away following have seen only 10 goals and 3 wins all year.
The 17 points Newcastle United currently have, is the lowest they have ever had in the Premier League era at the halfway point.
The 30 points banked this calendar year would have guaranteed relegation over the course of a season.
Not a single Newcastle home match has sold out in 2015, the only time St James Park has been full was when hosting the Rugby World Cup!
The only way is up as surely Newcastle can’t end the season even worse off than Sunderland or Villa, or can they?
Over to you, Mike Ashley and Steve McClaren…and of course our superstars on the pitch.
Happy new year!