Newcastle have made a disastrous start to the season, but that awful opening is not limited to the first team, with the under-23 making suffering an eerily similar fate in the early weeks.
The young side have a home game tomorrow against Manchester United, having been thrashed 6-0 in their opening Premier League 2 match against Reading, followed by a 2-1 home defeat to West Ham.
It suggests that the problems at the football club are deep-rooted, and spread a lot further than just the senior side.
From the outside, it looks like there are serious issues surrounding the whole football club, and it can be no coincidence that it has all happened after a summer that saw turmoil over Rafa Benitez’s departure, a takeover that never was, and levels of animosity between the club and its fans that have rarely been seen before.
It is hard to believe that the Newcastle youngsters almost won promotion to the top tier of under-23 football last season under Ben Dawson, given the way they have opened this campaign.
The youth set-up changes have not worked so far
There was, of course, a shake-up of the whole youth system, with Neil Redfearn coming in to manage the under-23 team, with Dawson changing roles, to oversee the whole set-up.
It has not looked like a great change so far, with Dawson and Redfearn having to look after first team affairs for much of pre-season, and the younger side seeming to suffer as a consequence.
But given the talent that has been signed during the off-season – most notably highly-rated midfielder Kyle Scott from Chelsea, and goalkeeping prospect Jake Turner from Bolton – you would expect them to be challenging at the top again this term.
They lost just eight of their league games in 2018/2019, and gave a great account of themselves in the EFL Checkatrade Trophy, making it through to the last 16, before being beaten by the Sunderland senior side.
The youngsters will be looking to get their season up and running with a win over Manchester United tomorrow evening, and fans will hope the senior side can follow suit.
The game tomorrow night will take place at St James’ Park with a 7.00pm kick-off, and the East Stand open for supporters.
Admission is free for season ticket holders and members, while other fans will be charged at £3 for adults, and £1 for concessions, which can be paid at the turnstiles.