Alan Shearer was pulling no punches when reflecting on where Newcastle United are as a club in the Chronicle.
The Mapgies great has had to watch on as Newcastle's season has taken a turn for the worse, but he feels that it is no surprise it has gone like this.
Shearer says that Newcastle can no longer expect to compete at the top of the league as they have simply become a middle of the road Premier League club.
"Their season is very much the same as I expected it to be at the beginning of the season," he said.
“They’ve gone out of the cup competitions early and finished in and around mid-table. That’s what Newcastle are I’m afraid nowadays.”
Despite Shearer's damning indictment about how far Newcastle have fallen, supporters of the club are frustrated to see their side going backwards so rapidly.
Although disappointing seasons have become the norm at St. James' Park, it doesn't mean that they are acceptable and there is a rising anger amongst the Newcastle fan-base.
The Magpies' season has got progressively worse since the departure of Alan Pardew and there are serious questions being asked of the management staff and the players currently at the club.
John Carver has taken the brunt of the fans' annoyance, but there is also a frustration at a lack of quality in the squad and whoever takes charge this summer will have a huge task in trying to wake Newcastle from their slumber.