Too early for doom and gloom, but Steve McClaren must right Newcastle wrongs

St James Park

The Magpies prop up the Premier League table, but there is still hope if McClaren can find the right formula.

Newcastle United are bottom of the Premier League following Monday’s 2-0 defeat to West Ham United, but is it, and should it be all doom and gloom at St James' Park? I don't think so.

Newcastle spent heavily in the summer, indeed only Manchester City's net spend was larger than the outlay paid out by Mike Ashley.

Yes, it is not all about money, but who you pay the cash for, there is no getting away from that - and buying all foreign, which is what they did tend to do at Newcastle, is always a risk and bedding those players in can be difficult.

That is Steve McClaren's task and perhaps the question marks will be pointed at him, and that is the key at the moment - has the honeymoon period already passed for the former Middlesbrough boss? Very much so, would appear to be the answer, with the club looking up at the other 19 teams in the division.

It is a difficult situation for Newcastle's fans at the moment - they are almost in a quandary. There is not getting away from the fact that they still don't like how the leadership has behaved in recent years, but they have done what has been asked.

Quality has been signed with big money, including the exciting captures of the likes of Georginio Wijnaldum. Aleksandar Mitrovic, Florian Thauvin and Chancel Mbemba.

But clearly something is not quite right. McClaren clearly does not know what system matches the squad he has at his disposal, or failing that he is not sticking with his own system to then mould the players around that, and he needs to make up his mind ASAP if Newcastle want to drag themselves away from trouble.

Unlike their neighbours Sunderland, who are equally entrenched in trouble, Newcastle's squad has strength in depth - but that needs to be brought out by the man in charge.

The problem with the Premier League is, at the end of the day, it is a results business and the pressure is well and truly on. Yes, McClaren is actually a board member at St James’, but that does not stop the pressure being on. He knows this squad is good enough to push for the top 10, and now he has to start showing that.

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