John Carver has suggested to the Shields Gazette that Newcastle United could get dragged into a relegation fight unless they start picking up victories.
The Magpies have been on a woeful run of form since Carver took over from Alan Pardew, winning just two of their 13 games under his guidance, and he admits that they aren't safe.
He believes that Newcastle will need two more wins to secure their Premier League status and wants his side to reach 40 points before the end of the season.
"We need points, because we’ve only got 35," he admitted. "People talk about the magic total being 40 points. We need to get to 40 points.
“By hook or by crook, with what I’ve got in that dressing room available, I’m going to have to do something about it, and come up with a formula that can get us some points.”
At the moment Newcastle are nine points clear of the drop, but if a few of the teams battling for survival can pick up points, then things could become precarious for the Magpies.
The Toon have shown nothing of late to suggest that they will get back to winning ways any time soon and it is hard to predict where their next three-point haul will come from.
Newcastle have been playing with a lack of desire for some time and they couldn't even rouse themselves for a Wear-Tyne derby against Sunderland last weekend, meaning the end of the season cannot come soon enough for most supporters of the North East outfit.
Newcastle have games against Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur to come, before they face Swansea City, Leicester City, West Bromwich Albion, Queens Park Rangers and West Ham United.