The worrying Newcastle stat that shows Steve McClaren is not to blame

Steve McClaren

Newcastle are second only to Blackpool in a worrying statistic.

Newcastle's start to the season has not been what they wanted, having spent the summer building a competitive side.

Players were brought in who were expected to make the side a competitive one, and Steve McClaren was appointed head coach to push the side up into the top half of the Premier League table.

However, the campaign has started, and after five games the Magpies sit bottom of the Premier League table. These five games have brought just two points, with only two goals scored and no victory.

Performance levels have varied, from impressive - as they were against Manchester United - to dire - as they were against West Ham this week - but the constant has remained - points are not easy to pick up.

However, it does not appear as if McClaren is to blame for this stat, with the Tyneside club struggling for points for the entirety of 2015.

In fact, the Magpies have the second worst points-to-game ratio in all four divisions of the Football League since the start of 2015 - second only to League One side Blackpool.

Blackpool, who fell to relegation from the Championship at the end of last season, are currently bottom of that ranking, with Newcastle second-bottom on a ratio of 0.625 points-per-game.

The Magpies also have won just 15 games since the start of 2014.

These stats are a real worry for Newcastle, who need to ensure they start picking up points more regularly if they are to remain in the Premier League at the end of this campaign.

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