Newcastle United are now eight games into their domestic season and are still yet to record a single win, they do have three points on the board as a result of draws against Southampton, Manchester United and Chelsea. The manager is usually the man who takes all of the criticism for records like this, and Steve McClaren is no different.
He is now amongst the favourites to be the next manager to see the exit door in the Premier League season. Newcastle have had a very difficult start to the season, possibly even the worst of everyone, but there are no excuses for not picking up wins against the likes of Watford.
For this reason, McClaren is now feeling the heat, but how long should the Geordie hierarchy give him?
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Newcastle play Norwich City this weekend and you would think that this qualifies as a must-win game for Mr McClaren and Newcastle because their following game is the Wear/Tyne derby at the Stadium of Light. Luck is not on the side of Newcastle at the moment though as they have a staggering 13 man injury list already.
For the game against Norwich, they have no recognised full backs fit enough to play and both of their first and second choice goalkeepers are on the sidelines too.
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Tim Krul picked up a season-ending injury while on international duty with Holland and Karl Darlow is currently recovering from an injury to his foot.
So, with a makeshift back four and a weakened midfield, will Newcastle be able to pick up their first win of the season against Norwich?
They definitely need to get it before their players start to lose any remaining shred of confidence they have left in them. If they manage to lose against Norwich then they will almost certainly have to beat Sunderland. Lose that game as well then they will start to drift away from the rest of the pack. Surely that would mean the end of McClaren's reign at St James' Park wouldn't it?
Some fans don't think he should even have been given until now as Newcastle have lost some very winnable games already, Watford, Swansea and West Ham were all matches where three points could have been taken.
Whatever people think, one thing is for sure, Newcastle need to start winning games before the rest of the league drift just too far away for them to catch up and it needs to start at St James' Park this weekend. Whatever team McClaren puts out, they all need to give 110% for 90 minutes to come away with a win.
What do you think, how much longer should McClaren be given?