Former Derby County midfielder Robbie Savage has written in The Mirror that relegation from the Premier League could be a disaster for Newcastle United in the long run.
Newcastle have lost their last eight league games and find themselves just two points above the bottom three heading into this weekend’s round of matches.
There is a distinct chance that the Magpies could go down to the Championship, and Savage has warned that there is no guarantee that they will come back up.
“Don't fall for that old chestnut that it might be better to go down so they can come back stronger,” the former Leicester City star wrote in The Mirror.
“Ask a Wigan, Blackpool, Cardiff, Birmingham, Blackburn or Bolton fan if relegation from the Premier League has been good for their club. The Championship is a fiendish division to get out of these days. There are no guarantees about promotion.”
The Championship is arguably more competitive than the Premier League and, as Savage says, there is really no guarantee that they will come back up anytime soon.
For example, Leeds United last played in the Premier League in 2004, while big clubs such as Nottingham Forest and Derby continue to find it tough to gain promotion.
Newcastle are one of the biggest clubs in England, but the drop to the Championship is going to hit them hard.
Many Magpies fans will think that dropping down a division could make Mike Ashley sell the club, but financially it will hit Newcastle hard.
With the intense competition in the Championship, the Magpies will find it very tough to come straight back up to the Premier League.