The Warm Down: New era starts in defeat for Magpies
Steve Bruce. Photo credit Stu Forster/Getty Images

An exciting new era beckons on Tyneside but a 3-2 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur shows just how big of a job the new owners have on their hands to turn around the fortunes of Newcastle United.

To many Toon fans, the football was secondary with the joy of watching the Magpies without Mike Ashley top of the agenda. The return of 'Wor Flags' and a sold out St. James' Park ensured a truly special atmosphere.

They got off to a perfect start with Callum Wilson heading home from a Javier Manquillo cross to mark his return to the side but ultimately the visitors had too much and the difference in class was all too evident.

Tanguy N'Dombele had far too much time and space before he rifled the ball into the net before Harry Kane narrowly beat the offside trap before calmly opening his Premier League account for the season.

A smart move gifted Son Heung-Min a goal just before the break and a comical Eric Dier own goal gave the hosts a glimmer of hope after Jonjo Shelvey had been dismissed for a second bookable offence.

The huge potential of Newcastle United

If you allow yourself to forget for a minute that Newcastle are currently languishing in 19th place in the Premier League and without a win in nine games in all competitions, yesterday showed just how huge the future of the club could be.

For the first 15 minutes or so, Newcastle United were back.

For many fans who know nothing but the Mike Ashley era, the mood and atmosphere around the ground yesterday would have been completely different to anything they have previously experienced.

The return of Wor Flags saw a banner quoting Jimmy Nail's Big River as new chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan looked on in awe.

You get the feeling that St. James' Park may well be the venue for some truly special moments in the coming years.

Bruce set for the sack?

Many Newcastle fans were slightly bemused by the fact that the unpopular Steve Bruce was allowed his 1000th game in management.

The performance was trademark Bruce. United lacked any sort of balance which led to Spurs running through the Toon midfield with ease.

Bruce has dismantled what had previously been a well organised back four and the Magpies have now conceded the most in the division, a ridiculous 19 from just eight league games.

Sections of the St. James' Park crowd let their frustrations knows with chants of 'we want Brucey out' as well as joining in with the visiting supporters' rendition of 'sacked in the morning'.

The 60-year old's odds have shortened to 1/20 to be the next Premier League manager to leave and it seems a matter of when and not if.

With any luck, Newcastle will go into their huge match against Crystal Palace with desperately needed fresh ideas in the dugout so they can truly kick start the new era.

Relegation a possibility?

It would be classic Newcastle to get relegated in the same season that they became the richest club in the history of the sport, but that remains a possibility.

With a shocking three points from eight games, it is a miracle that United are just three points adrift of 17th place but Southampton picking up their first win of the season will certainly pile the pressure on.

With new financial power, Newcastle may have to flex their muscles in the January transfer window to ensure relegation is not on the cards come May.

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