It has certainly not been a fun start to the campaign if you are a Newcastle United fan. The club are sitting bottom of the Premier League table and of course there are well documented off-field troubles - fan protests last weekend highlight that fact.
Alan Pardew has been a manager in the spotlight recently, but the temperament of his players and their hunger for a fight cannot be in doubt after their most recent two results.
Newcastle were 2-0 down and seemingly out of their last Premier League game against Hull City, before Papiss Cisse clawed back a point from the clutches of defeat.
They then found themselves 1-0 down in the Capital One Cup against Crystal Palace in midweek. They battled back to lead 2-1 from an Emmanuel Riviere brace before keeping chins up to win in extra time, when Paul Dummett scored after Sullay Kaikai's late equaliser.
Those results should give some hope to the Newcastle faithful ahead of their game with Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.
And club captain Fabricio Coloccini, who has also come in for criticism in recent weeks for his sub-par performances, has been speaking to the Shields Gazette about the recent troubles and his priority for the rest of the campaign - the club and it's loyal fans:
“We are a group, and it’s been tough for everyone in the training ground and in the stadium as well. But we’re working for the same thing. We look forward. It doesn’t matter what happened with the gaffer or if a player has a bad game. It doesn’t matter. We are looking forward and trying to be positive. The most important thing here is the club. We want to [do] well for the fans.”