The Newcastle United teams have now played 70 matches altogether this season and it doesn’t make pleasant reading.

The United reserve team brought up the collective 40th Newcastle United defeat of the season on Monday afternoon, losing 3-0 at home to Fulham.

Some will claim (when it comes to the reserves and Academy) that it is all about the progress of players to the next level, which of course is true, but winning some matches has to be part of that progression at some point surely.

The records of the three levels in 2015/16 so far are:

First Team: P29 W7 D6 L16

Reserves/Under 21s: P19 W4 D5 L10

Academy/Under 18s: P22 W6 D2 L14

Overall Newcastle United 2015/16 record: P70 W17 D13 L40

If you really wanted to depress yourself, then take the stats back to the turn of the year, from 1 January 2015 to the end of last season, the three teams showed:

First Team: P19 W3 D3 L13

Reserves: P15 W2 D4 L9

Academy: P14 W4 D1 L9

Which then gives you a fabulous combined overall record of the three teams for the last 14 months (1 January 2015 to 22 February 2016) at NUFC of:

P118 W26 D21 L71

Sadly, no sign at any level of the club that things are improving and arguably the picture is getting ever worse.

Mike Ashley indefinitely cancelled the new state of the art training complex and facilities that were due to have work beginning last summer, the owner making that decision because Newcastle were in danger of relegation.

Surely considering the mess the first team (and junior teams were in) such plans should have been definitely pressed ahead with, if Mike Ashley’s motives truly were/are the long-term health of the club?