Former Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce has told Sky Sports that Newcastle United are in danger of suffering relegation from the Premier League.
Heading into this weekend’s round of matches, the Magpies find themselves just two points above the bottom three.
Newcastle have lost their last eight Premier League games and are the worst team in the English top flight on current form.
Former Newcastle defender Pearce believes that John Carver’s side are in real danger of going down to the Championship.
“I think Newcastle are still in the mire, that’s for sure,” the 53-year-old said on The Morning View show on Sky Sports on Thursday.
“(Aston) Villa are out of it without a doubt. I think Hull City and Sunderland are the two, with Newcastle, who are the most volatile to follow the other two down.”
Burnley and Queens Park Rangers are the bottom two teams in the Premier League, and they are virtually doomed.
Sunderland, Hull City and Leicester City are below Newcastle, while Aston Villa are level on points with the Magpies.
However, on current form, Newcastle and Sunderland are the top two favourites to join QPR and Burnley.
There is still a chance for Carver’s team to make the escape, though. A win against West Bromwich Albion at St. James’ Park on Saturday will be a huge boost to their survival chances and increase the players’ confidence.