Newcastle look to be suffering the same fate they did last season.
The Magpies spent all of last season struggling in a relegation battle, and although this season has started in the same manner, Steve McClaren has told the Shields Gazette that he cannot see any similarities between the two campaigns.
When asked if he saw similarities between last year and this year, McClaren said: “You can see that and write that. I haven’t seen it. We come in to a new experience and we all think ‘phwoar, let’s go’, and then suddenly it is ‘woah, what’s happening there’. It’s a lot of things to work on.”
McClaren doesn’t believe it is the similarities from last season which are behind Newcastle’s poor form, but instead the new experiences which are actually leading the team to defeats.
Whilst the head coach has explained his side were ready to take on the season when it started, he has now claimed that the new experiences are overwhelming the Newcastle players.
Whilst the issues may not the same as they were last season, the results certainly are.
After six games, the Magpies have picked up just two points, failing to win a single game, and losing to probable relegation rivals in Watford. Performances have been devoid of spirit or a game plan, and there is no clear indication as to what McClaren is hoping to develop in his side.
McClaren may not see the similarities between this season and the last one, when John Carver was in charge, but it is clear that the issues at St James’ Park are underlying, and can not simply be fixed by a change of manager.