“Is the job harder than I thought?” was the question posed to himself by Steve McClaren in his post-match interview. “Absolutely, without a doubt,” was his immediate answer. After a break of over nine years between Premier League jobs, this was supposed to be McClaren’s shot at redemption. As the manager himself admits that Newcastle are “close to crisis”, so too is the manager.
We take a look at the top-line statistics that indicate just how rotten Newcastle have been, and just why McClaren is under so much pressure:
1 – Shots on target against Sheffield Wednesday on Wednesday evening.
1 and 2 – Last season’s league positions of Newcastle’s next two opponents. If you thought Sheffield Wednesday was bad, wait for Chelsea and Manchester City.
2 – Points picked up from their last nine league away games
2 – Newcastle United have picked up just two points from their last nine Premier League away games (W0 D2 L7). Glum.
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3 – League goals this season. The lowest in the country.
4 – Wins in all competitions in 2015. Those beaten sides – Hull City, Aston Villa, West Ham and Northampton Town.
4 – Consecutive defeats
6 – Matches won by Steve McClaren since the beginning of February. Derby fell from second position on February 7 to eighth by the end of the season.
8 – The league position McClaren publicly declared as the club’s ambition for the season. That and to win a trophy. It better be the FA Cup.
10 – Changes made by Sheffield Wednesday for their Capital One Cup victory at St James’ Park.
10 – League games since Newcastle last scored more than twice.
12.5 – McClaren’s win percentage. That’s the worst in Newcastle’s history and 2.5% worse than John Carver’s record.
14 – League points since Alan Pardew left.
40 – League points picked up by Alan Pardew since he left.
15 – League shots on target. The lowest in the Premier League.
37 – Chances created in the Premier League. Not only is that the lowest in the division, it’s 45 fewer than Southampton.
54 – League games since Newcastle last scored more than three times in a match.
32,222 – Average weekly wage of a Newcastle player (estimated in May).
46,700,000 – Amount spent in pounds on new players this summer. Newcastle have already spent more this season than in any other season in their history.