They look extremely poor, and for all the money spent in the January window to sign attacking players, there is no defensive solidity at the club.
The same poor defence is taking to the field every game, and it appears as if McClaren does not have the ability to make these players into a solid unit.
His teams may play nice football in the final third, but they fall down defensively compared to the teams they want to emulate - and this will likely cost them Premier League survival.
With their top flight place under threat, the Magpies could consider sacking McClaren to bring in Rodgers, who is currently a free agent and is looking for work.
However, he would be a disastrous appointment, as he shares all the same weaknesses as McClaren.
Rodgers builds teams who play nice football, and who on their day are extremely effective as an attacking outlet.
However, they also struggle to defend, and his work at Liverpool proved that Rodgers could not coach a team as a defensive unit.
If he was to take charge of Newcastle, they would remain a good attacking team, but he would not fix the existing issues at St James’ Park.
Newcastle would be wise to look for a new manager to replace McClaren, but Rodgers is not the coach to lead the Tyneside club away from relegation.