Newcastle United defender Fabricio Coloccini has told The Shields Gazette that the players are determined to stave off relegation from the Premier League.
The Magpies have lost their last eight Premier League matches and are just two points above the bottom three in the league table.
Relegation is a real worry now for a team that many thought would finish in mid-table mediocrity once again, but Newcastle are now staring at playing in the Championship next season.
Coloccini, who has been on the books of Newcastle since 2008, insists that the players are determined to arrest the slide and preserve their Premier League status.
“We are not thinking about the manager and the future,” the centre-back told The Shields Gazette. “We are just thinking about the present and we have to be better. We are looking for one win.”
“Any player who wants to play in the Championship must be stupid,” added Coloccini. “It would be crazy to think like that. Now, we all have to understand that our position is serious.”
Newcastle were relegated to the Championship not so long ago, and one would not be surprised if they suffer the same fate this time around.
While it is clear that Coloccini and his teammates do not want to play in the second tier of English football, they need to start pulling together and getting results.
With three more rounds of matches remaining in the Premier League this season, it is high time that John Carver’s side pick up a win.