Steve Bruce has endured a disastrous start to life as Newcastle manager, and is in desperate need of some points, which looks a difficult task given the tough games coming up.
During a question and answer session on Wednesday, the Chronicle’s Newcastle reporter Lee Ryder suggested Bruce will have until December or January to improve the club’s fortunes.
He also claimed that “undoubtedly alarm bells would be ringing” if the Magpies reach October without a point, but added that Mike Ashley would not be looking to replace the manager at that stage.
But Ryder added: “I think if Newcastle’s Premier League place was looking in danger come December/January then that might be different but he’ll get time to turn things round.”
It could be done and dusted by Christmas
The worry for fans is that by December, it could already be too late.
The club could, realistically, already find themselves cast adrift of safety, and in a position where it will be virtually impossible to recover from.
If that is the case, no one will want to come in and replace Bruce, given the situation they would be inheriting.
Of course, that is still a long time away, and things could take an upturn long before then, and fans will hope that is the case.
But they certainly need a win soon, and although it would be a tough ask to expect that on Sunday at Tottenham, they must target the following home game against Watford to extract all three points.
Failure to do that, will see confidence ebb away, and it could lead to a further downward spiral from there.
So whichever way you look at it, they simply cannot afford to lose both of their next two games. If they do – just five games into the season, or not – the knives will be out for Bruce and his backroom staff.