Former Derby County midfielder Robbie Savage has written in The Mirror that Newcastle United made two major mistakes in the summer.
“Instead of paying £13m or so for Aleksandar Mitrovic, who did not take long to live down to his reputation for having a volatile temperament, why did Newcastle not meet QPR’s £15m valuation for proven Premier League goal-scorer Charlie Austin?” Savage wrote in The Mirror.
“If Austin had signed and then banged in a couple of early goals, he'd already be a folk hero on Tyneside - revered in the same way that Alan Shearer, Andy Cole and Mick Quinn became legends in the famous No 9 shirt.”
“To be honest, I would question Ashley’s judgement in appointing a manager who got the sack at Derby for blowing promotion to the Premier League two years running,” added the former Wales international midfielder.
“McClaren lost a Wembley play-off final against the 10 men of QPR in 2014, and earlier this year the Rams went from top of the Championship in February to missing out on the play-offs altogether.”
Both the points Savage has raised are valid, and one suspects that many Newcastle fans will agree with him.
However, one also needs to remember that it’s early days and there is still time for the Magpies to turn around their fortunes.
Mitrovic is a talented young striker who has loads of potential and who should be shown patience.
The 21-year-old Serbia international does need to control himself on the pitch, but he has quality which the Newcastle fans will see in the coming months.
As for McClaren, the Englishman is a genuinely good football coach who should be shown more respect and given the benefit of the doubt at the moment.
Things are not going well for Newcastle, but the fans should have faith and continue to support the team.