QPR assistant coach Les Ferdinand says he has sympathy for Newcastle boss John Carver, whose spell in charge has been disastrous.
Ferdinand used to play for Newcastle, and told The Telegraph he believes they will do enough to stay up, but compared Carver's untenable position to the one he and Tim Sherwood held at Tottenham Hotspur last season.
Sherwood was appointed in December 2013 with Ferdinand as his assistant, but were only given short-term deals.
After making an initial impact, as the season progressed, the distraction over Sherwood's future affected the team, with players also left in limbo thanks to the uncertainty.
He said: "I spoke to John not so long ago and I know what he’s going through. We were in that position at Tottenham last season, the board not coming out and backing you.
"If they wanted him to be in charge next season they would have come out and said so before now. He would like the job, but I can’t see him getting it."
Fortunately for Tottenham, there was no relegation trap door waiting for them if results went against them, and actually Sherwood achieved good results despite being given no backing in the January transfer market.
John Carver was never likely to be given the Newcastle United job full time, and if players were as underwhelmed by him being placed in temporary charge, it has shown via their form on the pitch.
As they are showing right now, when a team gets stuck in a rut like that, it is very hard to drag themselves out of it, and relegation to the Championship remains a possibility with one game remaining.