The club are not clear of danger in the Premier League on 35 points and it would be a disaster if they are dragged into the bottom three before the end of the season.
The Dutchman is well aware of the pressure and has suggested that three points should be enough to keep the club out of trouble.
“Taking three points will be enough to be safe at the moment. That is our only focus at the moment,” he said.
“There are five games left and we must win one. I believe we can do it. We can’t just say it – we have to do it now.”
Next up for Newcastle is a difficult match against Swansea, who are a very good team in terms of controlling possession and making it difficult for their opposition to get into a game.
They then face games against Leicester, West Brom, QPR and West Ham United before the end of the season.
The club’s manager John Carver should be able to get his side inspired to secure one victory against one of those teams, but it doesn’t change the fact that a lot of work needs to be done all over the club in the summer.
The squad needs to improve to cope with injuries and the board needs to take a long look at themselves to try and find a way to ease the frustrations, which have been building within the club’s support base.