After selling key midfielder Yohan Cabaye to Paris Saint-Germain in January, Newcastle's season descended in to a farce - and their dreadful form from last term has carried over into this season. Under-fire manager Alan Pardew remains under intense pressure from the Newcastle faithful who want him sacked, particularly after their start to the new campaign.
The Magpies are still without a win this season, drawing four games and losing three as they sit third bottom of the Premier League with just four points. Goals have been a huge problem with new signings Remy Cabella, Siem De Jong and Emmanuel Riviere all struggling to find the back of the net in the Premier League, and the club's most legendary goal scorer has had his say on the team.
Alan Shearer, a Newcastle native, joined the Magpies from Blackburn Rovers in 1996 for a then-world record £15m fee, and proceeded to break the club's all-time goalscoring record having hit 206 goals in all competitions. Now a Match of the Day pundit after his spell as Newcastle manager didn't go to plan, Shearer still calls himself a Magpies fan - and acknowledged how poor this season has been.
"I’m exactly the same as the fans at the minute - I’m one of them. I pay for my ticket and I’m the same. I am entitled to my opinion. It hasn’t been pleasant watching to be honest. It’s been poor," he said. "It has been poor since January this year, The quicker we can get out of it the better. I don’t hold too much hope for us this season. I think it could be a long hard season for us."
"Nobody can make any excuses. The simple fact is we haven’t been good enough. You can make whatever excuses you want. Injuries, too many games or confidence," added Shearer.
"Put all of that to one side, the simple fact of the matter is we just have not been good enough. We haven’t been unlucky. We havent been ravaged by injuries. We haven’t been done by dodgy decisions. We just haven’t been good enough. It’s simple. That’s the harsh reality of it. Things have to improve and they have to improve pretty quickly or we could find ourselves in a hole."