The alarming Steve McClaren stat that will leave Newcastle fans on edge

Steve McClaren

The Newcastle United boss has been unlucky in terms of fixtures. But his record at Derby County and St James' Park still doesn't make for very good reading.

After Newcastle's 2-0 loss at Upton Park on Monday night, Steve McClaren's recent managerial record took another slight turn for the worse.

The 54-year-old may well end up enjoying several fine years on Tyneside but he was never helped by the appalling end to his tenure at Derby County.

And, after five games as Newcastle manager, that poor run at Derby has simply been extended. Indeed, in 18 league games now, McClaren has only mustered two wins. One of those wins came against lowly Blackpool...

That's a run lasting the majority of 2015 - five games in the hot seat at St James' Park, 13 of them at Derby.

Now, there is a very big argument in McClaren's defence right now. Playing Southampton, Swansea City and West Ham United (the last two away from home) isn't the easiest of tasks - and nor were Premier League fixtures against Manchester United and Arsenal, one of which Newcastle earned a very creditable draw in.

But, after the first few games is the where excuses start to dry up. McClaren needs to get that winning habit back and fast.

Unfortunately for the Tyneside outfit, West Ham are the biggest barometer of where they should be. The Hammers spent a huge amount of money this summer - but so did Newcastle. And, while the Magpies have faced tough teams, so too have West Ham - who beat Arsenal 2-0 and thrashed Liverpool at Anfield.

Next up for Newcastle are Watford at St James' Park. That is an absolute must-win game, as clashes with Chelsea and Manchester City follow...

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