Ian Wright explains why Newcastle are becoming similar to Leeds United

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Ian Wright believes neutrals want to mock Newcastle, just as they do with Leeds.

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has told The Sun Goals podcast that he thinks Newcastle are becoming like Leeds, because people love to laugh at their struggles.

Newcastle have won just twice in the Premier League this season, against newly-promoted Norwich City and Bournemouth, and they sit second bottom of the table right now.

Saturday's 5-1 defeat away at Crystal Palace was the latest blow for manager Steve McClaren, whose position in the St. James' Park hot seat is already looking precarious.

It's always a shame to see such a huge club suffer such clear troubles on and off the pitch, and there may well be parallels drawn to Leeds United.

Leeds, who had been challenging at the top of the Premier League and in the Champions League during the early 2000's, were relegated from the top flight in 2004 and haven't been back since, even dropping in to League One at one point.

Newcastle - who were relegated to the Championship in 2009 but made an instant return to the Premier League - are now flirting with the drop once again, and former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has told The Sun Goals podcast that Newcastle are becoming like Leeds because neutrals enjoy mocking their poor results.

"I'm not rubbing it in, because you know what, it's like Leeds!" said Wright. "Newcastle fans are turning in to what people feel of Leeds, they like to take the mickey out of them," he added.

When a fallen giant struggles and battles against relegation, there will always be some opposition supporters ready to poke fun at them for how far they have dropped, and that certainly appears to be the case for Newcastle - especially as it was their former manager Alan Pardew who inflicted that 5-1 defeat on them over the weekend.

Relegation last time helped the club rebuild, but they failed to build on some strong performances upon their return to the Premier League, and now find themselves back to square one, in a battle against relegation.

What they certainly can't afford to do is drop in to League One or become a lower mid-table Championship club like Leeds have over the last ten years. That may seem unrealistic, but Newcastle's struggles of late mean that nothing is out of the question.

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