Alan Shearer feels for Newcastle boss John Carver

The Newcastle legend understands the pain of relegation, but says the players are to blame for this current predicament.

Newcastle legend Alan Shearer has told Sky Sports he feels for John Carver, but admits his team deserve relegation if they finish in the bottom three.

The relegation battle is set to go down to the wire again this season with three teams all fighting to stay out of that final relegation spot.

It is currently Hull who occupy 18th place, while Newcastle and Sunderland could also end up relegated depending on how things pan out on the final day of the season.

Now, Shearer has said he understands what current boss John Carver is going through having seen his side relegated when he was manager in 2009.

“I know what John is going through, I’ve been there myself, it’s not a nice feeling,” he said.

“Steve Bruce is exactly the same and I’m sure Dick Advocaat will be feeling very down, very stressed. But the table never lies after 38 games and the three teams that do get relegated deserve to be relegated, so you can’t really argue.”

Shearer does however admit that if his old side does end up in the Championship next season, it is the players who must take the brunt of the blame.

The Magpies have been on a wretched run of form since Carver took over from Alan Pardew back in January, having lost eight consecutive games before drawing with West Brom two weeks ago.

As far as Shearer is concerned though, performances have not been good enough from the current crop of players.

“You have to say that, their performances have been nowhere near good enough and no one can get away from that fact,” added Shearer.

“I know we keep on saying it, but the fans up here really do need something to shout about because it’s their life; it’s what they go to work for and it will be desperately disappointing if we get relegated on Sunday.”

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