Newcastle United midfielder Jonas Gutierrez has told the Northern Echo that the club have accepted that the side has been in a relegation scrap for weeks.
Newcastle are now firmly in the battle to avoid the drop down into the Championship, suffering an eighth straight defeat last weekend as they lost 3-0 against Leicester City.
“We have been thinking that (they are in a relegation fight) for the last few weeks. If you have 35 points and you do not get over the line that gives you safety, you are in a battle for survival,” he said.
Manager John Carver and the senior players at the club have to try and find a way to get some points on the board because things are looking bleak with just three games left to run this season.
The current gap above the bottom three is just two points and with the sides around them all playing well and scrapping for their lives, the Magpies are under real pressure as things stand.
The question that many fans will ask in light of Gutierrez’s statement is, why haven’t the players done more to transform the club’s fortunes?
If the squad has accepted that they are in a scrap at the bottom of the table, it makes things a little more worrying because that motivation and passion to improve performances and results seems to have been missing.
Hopefully Newcastle can find a way to get over the line and then address the problems which exist to ensure no repeat of this season next year.