Almost all the unwanted record that there is has been broken and the side looks shot of confidence and bereft of any ideas.
This was almost the same situation that the Magpies’ local rivals Sunderland found themselves in last season. Having appointed Paolo di Canio full time last summer the Black Cats were also rock bottom on one point after five games and a goal difference of minus eight.
The axe was wielded by the Mackem owner Ellis Short and Di Canio was shown the door. Gus Poyet came in and saved the club from certain relegation, a possibility that faces Newcastle in the face as things stand.
Another similarity from a year ago is that Sunderland too had a major player overhaul at the club much like Newcastle have had this year. It takes players time to gel but the signs have not been good, in fact far from it. The players look incapable of stringing a few passes together let alone scoring a goal and winning a football match.
The manager has lost the fans much like the former Swindon manager did last season as he was seen telling fans to keep his chin up after a 3-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion.
The attitude of the fans is only going to get rougher and rougher and it seems there is no way back for Pardew. The more games he manages the more games the club is throwing chances of getting three points.
The new manager, whoever he is can come in, take charge and can achieve expected targets.
Action needs to be taken, sooner the better, the rot needs to be avoided.
While we are at it, my choice keeping Ashley’s tendencies in mind would be Remi Garde.