Alan Pardew's task of transforming West Bromwich Albion has been made significantly harder after his side failed to score in either of their opening two games under his control.
The Baggies drew 0-0 with Crystal Palace and then lost 1-0 at Swansea so must now rely on improved displays against Liverpool and Manchester United who are up next.
Pardew admitted that an early win would have given his side much-needed confidence but after failing to hit the ground running, he must now use all of his experience to lift his troops away from the drop zone.
Find a win
It sounds simple enough, doesn’t it?
But Albion have struggled badly in recent times to record victories.
It’s now 15 games in all competitions without a win and that needs to change.
An abysmal run of two wins in 25 outings is not only relegation form, it’s finishing-rock-bottom form.
Losing to Swansea was a new low and Pardew will need to find a way to keep the squad feeling fresh and energised ahead of Daunting December where Albion face Stoke, Everton and Arsenal after Liverpool and United this week.
Stop the goals
Sounds strange asking a manager like Pardew to tighten up the rearguard, especially as he’s replacing defence-minded Tony Pulis!
But Albion are leaking too many goals and when that starts to happen, a disaster is around the corner.
This team had proudly held a strong defensive record in recent years but they’ve now become a soft-touch.
It’s time to get back to basics. They need an ugly win and that could be the platform to build on.
Don’t sacrifice the playing style
It’s possible to defend well and also be exciting on the attack.
Just look at Wolves for an example of that.
Of course it’s difficult to master that art when you’re playing among England’s elite rather than second-rate Championship teams.
But Pardew has managed it in the past.
If he can get his widemen fit and firing, they could start playing counter-attack football like his former club Crystal Palace.
When the Eagles were at their best under Pardew they were great to watch and Albion need a bit of that excitement at The Hawthorns
Give the fans something to smile about
For far too long, the blue and white faithful have been bored.
Bored of boring football and a boring approach.
It’s time to start entertaining.
Get players like Matt Phillips and Oliver Burke in the team. They’re at the club to create and score goals.
And show that you care about their concerns.
At Swansea, Pardew showed signs that he wants to entertain. He used almost every attacking player he had available and was not reluctant to make a change at half-time in a bid to get something out of the game.
Albion have struggled to hold onto leads this season and clearly lack confidence.
They look vulnerable when opposing teams sling direct balls into the box and apply the pressure.
Leads against Watford, Stoke, Leicester, Tottenham, and Newcastle have all been surrendered.
And to make matters worse, the opposing teams have scored after the 75th-minute.
Just think, if Albion had seen out just one or two of those earlier encounters, the club would be sitting in mid-table right now.
Get the players on side
Pardew is a likeable manager if you get on the right side of him.
Players who have worked with him in the past and enjoyed success have praised him management style and his methods.
The 56-year-old won’t have a problem dealing with the big personalities as he’s worked with many players like that before.
Albion have a decent hard-working bunch, though, so there shouldn’t be too many problems.
He said they are as fit as they should be, that he isn't concerned about their effort or endeavour and that they're feeling the pain of losing.
What he needs to do is get the best out of certain players.
James McClean, at times can be a liability but clearly he’s a talented, enthusiastic and important player. He was Albion's best player on Saturday after coming on at half-time.
Salomon Rondon needs to get back among the goals, Nacer Chadli (when fit) requires some fine-tuning and nurturing Sam Field should also be high on the agenda.
Clearly, though, he needs some help when the transfer window opens.
Pardew had been out of the game for 11 months but he’s watched a lot of football during his time as a pundit.
He’ll also have a database full of potential targets and will know the players he’s keen on.
Working closely with sporting director, Nick Hammond, a man he knows well, will help. The two will discuss targets for the next window and it’s crucial they recruit well.
Albion need a new striker to score that goals that fire them up the league.
And a new centre-half wouldn’t go amiss either especially as Jonny Evans is likely to leave.
When asked about getting a new goalscorer on board over the weekend, he replied:"January is not far away, and we're going to have to look at that if we can't increase our goalscoring ratio. "It's not great and we need to improve it. "