Shearer's cheeky dig at McClaren following Watford defeat

Things went from bad to worse yesterday for Newcastle fans as they were defeated at home by newly promoted Watford – which means this is their worst start to a season for 16 years. So much for progress!
It seems Newcastle and Sunderland are really fighting it out this season to see who can be the worst team in the Premier League (they didn’t quite manage it last season).
Yesterday the Toon managed to leap frog Sunderland to climb to the dizzy heights of 19th in the league, following Sunderland’s 2-0 away defeat at Bournemouth, another newly promoted team.
Newcastle legend Alan Shearer was once again unimpressed with the team’s performance, taking to Twitter to share his views…

Yep, Newcastle were awful again. Would the addition of Charlie Austin over the summer have made any difference? Possibly. Mitrovic has had a terrible start to his Newcastle career and Cisse has been incredibly poor in-front of goal over the past two games.

Shearer Tweeted again shortly after the game finished, with a humorous dig at the current Newcastle boss…

We all know what happened when Big Al took over as boss at the end of the 2008/9 season. Newcastle were relegated but he is right, at least he managed to win 1 in 6!
To be fair, the damage was already done by the time he took over during that season but it is a time we all would like to forget.
Steve McClaren, however, was not brought in at the last minute of a troubled campaign. He has had the whole summer to prepare for the Premier League season and to get to know his squad properly. Newcastle made several expensive signings during the summer and confidence was high amongst the fans. Sure, they have had some difficult opening fixtures, but to lose at home to Watford is a disaster – especially considering they face Chelsea and Manchester City next.
Sunderland are the bookies favourites to go down and Newcastle are now the third most likely to be relegated – according to the majority of betting websites. There is still a long way to go, but Newcastle’s inability to get 3 points against a newly promoted team is worrying. They now have only 2 points from 6 games and are unlikely to add anything to that tally when they face Chelsea and City.
Norwich at home on the 18th October should be a chance to get their first win of the season – but that’s what we all said going into the Watford game…
The Newcastle v Norwich game will be shown live on Sky Sports at 4pm on Sunday 18th October.

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