Michael Owen has told BT Sport that he stands by his analysis of Newcastle United on Monday.
The former Newcastle striker has been criticised by Magpies head coach John Carver for his remarks earlier this week.
Owen has now made it clear that he respects his English compatriot for the work he has done at St. James’ Park so far, but he still believes that Newcastle would get relegated if they had more games to play.
“I said nothing but good things about John Carver,” the 35-year-old said on BT Sport’s Matchday Live with Fletch & Sav show this morning.
“I think he has done a fine job and is a good football man, but I do think that Newcastle are struggling.
“I think if they had another 10 games to play this season, then they would be in real trouble. I think they have just enough points on the board that they might stave it off.”
Newcastle are currently 14th in the Premier League table with 35 points from 33 matches, just seven points above the relegation zone.
The Magpies have lost their last six league games and are the worst team in the English top flight based on current form.
Carver and his players will be looking to return to winning ways this afternoon when they take on Swansea City at St. James’ Park.