Kevin Nolan has told Sky Sports that he believes Steve McClaren wouldn't have expected it to take so long to put his stamp on the Newcastle United team.
McClaren took over as Magpies boss at the start of the summer, but he has struggled to fix the issues that were all too obvious last season.
Newcastle still look to be struggling in forward positions and they currently sit bottom of the Premier League table, after failing to win any of their first five fixtures.
It is a start which has worried Nolan, who represented the North East club between 2009 and 2011, but he has confidence that they will be out of the bottom three by the end of the campaign.
"It's not the best start for Newcastle, who are now stuck at the bottom of the table," Nolan said. "I don't think Steve McClaren envisaged that. I guess he wants to put his mark on the team but it's taking more time that he probably expected.
"It's a great football club and I have faith he will keep them in the Premier League."
Newcastle's latest defeat came against West Ham United, with a Dimitri Payet double proving enough to give Slaven Bilic's men all three points.
More worrying than the result, was the insipid nature of their performance, though - and Newcastle's lack of attacking threat is becoming a real cause for concern.
McClaren's side have hit the back of the net just twice so far this season, a lower total than any other top-flight side, and unless they can find more of a cutting edge, then their struggles look set to continue.