Rob Lee has admitted that things are looking bleak for the Tyneside outfit, with the prospect of a relegation battle on the cards next term.
Since the turn of the year and the sale of Yohan Cabaye, Newcastle have had a torrid time in the Premier League.
Poor results have seen the side drop down the table, with a 3-0 defeat against Arsenal on Monday night the latest defeat.
Former Newcastle midfielder Rob Lee has been speaking out about his ex-employers – and feels the club is not the same prospect as the one he used to play for.
Lee, who played for the St James’ Park side for ten years, said that the side would struggle to hold onto their best players these days.
“Newcastle fans have to accept they’re a selling club now,” the retired midfielder told talkSPORT.
“Throughout the 90s, when we had players like Alan Shearer and other big names, we could compete and buy players.
“We’ve fallen a long way from there though and fans have to accept that now, if a good offer comes in for a player, they’re going to accept it.
“Cabaye’s sale was huge. They have to replace him, he was our best and most creative player.”
Lee went on to admit that he felt Newcastle could well be in for a tough season next term and be amongst the relegation candidates.
“That’s the way it’s going at the moment,” he continued.
“When you’re playing for Newcastle, fans want to see passion, some fist pumping. I didn’t see any of that against Arsenal.”
Newcastle have slumped to ninth place and are on a terrible run of form having lost their last six games on the trot, scoring only one goal in the process.
Alan Pardew is under pressure with many fans calling for his head, while a summer upheaval of the squad seems necessary to keep the side competitive.