Steve McClaren says he wants fans and media to wait and see the Premier League table after 10 matches, rather than the current six.
The United boss saying that this will be a fairer reflection of his team than the present position after Watford.
“I know the Premier League and we have to find a way to win, we’ve been searching for that win for six games. You are where you deserve to be but judge us after 10 games not six.”
To get us to the Premier League 10 match point we have these games:
Newcastle v Chelsea
Manchester City v Newcastle
Newcastle v Norwich
Sunderland v Newcastle
Interesting then to have a look at how Newcastle (and the rest) were doing in the Premier League table after 10 games last season:
As you can see, two of the eventual relegated clubs were filling the bottom two spots after 10 games.
The third (Hull) one to go down were only two points above the bottom three.
Despite going until October 18 for the first league win of the season, Newcastle ended up on 13 points at this stage.
To match/beat it, Newcastle will now have to beat Chelsea, Manchester City, Norwich and Sunderland…
If I’m realistic (certainly on present form), I think the best we could hope for four points from these next four games, with hopefully a win against Norwich and a draw at Sunderland.
That would give us six points from the first 10 matches and pretty much guaranteed to be still bottom three, as would have been the case last season as per the above table.
By setting a landmark number of matches, Steve McClaren has set the clock ticking.
We may well revisit this after the mackem match…
What do you think is realistic by the time we reach the 10 match marker?