Steve McClaren has admitted Newcastle's dressing room is currently in disharmony.
He said: “There’s never harmony, completely, in a football club, only if you’re winning every game. They’re [Newcastle’s players] a bunch who come into work. Their attitudes are good. They work hard. They’ve got the ability, it’s just not showing at the present moment.”
Although admitting that Newcastle’s players are working hard and all showing a good attitude, McClaren’s comments suggest disharmony is rife at the club.
Without a win in the Premier League this season, it is no surprise that the attitude at St James’ Park is less than stellar, but without all the players in harmony it is hard to imagine where the first victory will come from.
Games with Chelsea and Manchester City are up next, and they are likely to end in defeat, meaning even further unhappiness on Tyneside.
Following those games, it could be that Newcastle sit bottom of the Premier League table with zero wins from eight games, and then there is no knowing when the Magpies will pick up their first points.
Without all the players working together and pulling in the same direction, it is hard to see where that first win is coming from, and it looks as if it will be a long, long season for those involved at St James’ Park.