Just when the Magpies thought it couldn't get any worse, an embarrassing performance has seen them concede six to a League One side...
Having been involved in a mass brawl in their last friendly against Huddersfield, Newcastle's farcical pre-season build-up reached a new low when the League One side smashed six past them.
A near full-strength Toon had no answer as Jimmy Smith opened the scoring, and it only got worse when Sean Thornton converted a penalty. Joey Barton did manage to pull one back, but it was a false dawn, as Scott McGleish, Tamika Mkandawire, Jarvis and Harry completed the rout.
The humiliation was complete when the fifth went in, at which point the 2,000 travelling Newcastle fans started singing, "Stand up if you hate [Mike] Ashley."
Caretaker manager Chris Hughton offered no excuses after the match, saying, "We didn't win and we didn't perform.
"There are ups and downs in football and this was very much a down."
Jose Enrique echoed his sentiments, adding, "The situation is bad in the club but that was no excuse."
Newcastle: Tim Krul (Forster, 46); Habib Beye (Tozer, 80), Steven Taylor (Lough, 80), Fabricio Coloccini (Geremi, 46), Jose Enrique (Kadar, 73); Jonas Gutierrez, Joey Barton (Xisco, 46), Alan Smith (Guthrie, 60), Damien Duff (LuaLua, 73); Kevin Nolan; Obafemi Martins (Carroll, 46). Subs not used: Donaldson, Ngo Baheng.
Arjun Miglani, Goal.com