Gary Neville has told the Chronicle that Newcastle United's chances of survival rest solely with their players.
Newcastle boss John Carver has come in for criticism from the club's supporters since taking charge in the wake of Alan Pardew’s departure, but Neville doesn't believe that he can influence matters too much now.
The Sky Sports pundit says that the Magpies squad need to start showing more heart and desire, and they should take it upon themselves to raise their performance levels.
“It’s not down to John Carver now," he said. "The manager now in terms of the next few weeks will pick the team but there’s enough quality in that squad to win one or two of the next three games they’ve got left. They need to perform for the football club. I don’t think there’s a great deal of respect between manager and players and vice versa – there can’t be after what has gone on.
“I don’t think John Carver thinks he’s got a good group and I don’t think the players, after what he said about them, probably think too much of him either. I think it’s a case of ‘We need to come together for the football club’ because Newcastle is bigger than any of those individuals."
Newcastle have been in dire form, losing their last eight Premier League matches in a row, and their squad's poor mentality has been exposed in those games.
Newcastle's players have lacked fight and displayed ill-discipline, causing great anger among supporters of the club.
Carver has borne the brunt of this criticism, but Neville clearly feels that the boss can no longer shoulder responsibility for their results.
At the moment Newcastle are just two points clear of the Premier League drop zone and they will need to win at least one of their remaining three games if they are to survive.