Newcastle United defender Fabricio Coloccini has admitted to the Chronicle that his side made a 'mistake' this season.
Newcastle have fallen into the thick of the relegation battle after a disastrous run of form and Coloccini believes the squad need to take some responsibility for the side's current position.
The Argentine defender says that his teammates didn't start fighting early enough and they simply cannot afford to do the same again next year.
“Next year, we cannot take the same risk, we need to show the character before, it was a mistake," he said
“But we are not here to look backwards; we need to look forwards to get points."
Newcastle's bad run of form started almost immediately after Alan Pardew left the club to join Crystal Palace.
John Carver was his replacement and he has failed to motivate his players or make the squad look like a cohesive unit.
As a result it is now nine games since Newcastle last tasted victory and if they continue to fail to pick up wins then they could be in big trouble.
The Magpies are currently two points above the drop zone, with Queens Park Rangers and West Ham United still to play, but they will need to improve considerably if they are to get enough points to feel assured of their safety.