State of emergency at Newcastle? No way, says coach Paul Simpson

Paul Simpson and Steve McClaren
Paul Simpson and Steve McClaren

Newcastle United are refusing to push the panic button – despite a winless start to the Premier League season.

Steve McClaren’s side are second-bottom of the division after taking two points from the first four games.

Newcastle are above basement club Sunderland on goal difference.

But assistant coach Paul Simpson insists there is no “state of emergency” at St James’s Park ahead of Monday night’s match away to West Ham United.

“We are not panicking, that’s one thing I can say for sure,” said Simpson.

“Yes, we all want to win game,s but there is no state of panic, no state of emergency here.

“We want to win a game – we want to give our magnificent supporters something to really shout about. We have had incredible support from our fans.”