Newcastle are going nowhere under their current manager - but it might be too late to replace him to any good effect.
Indeed, under current boss Steve McClaren, they are going absolutely nowhere. It would be very reasonable to argue relegation is guaranteed should he remain in the job.
Newcastle need five wins from their last 11 games to reach 39 points... They've won just six in 27 so far this campaign.
But Newcastle may now have left things far too late to actually sack McClaren and save their top-flight status.
When Shearer came in, he was given a handful of games to keep the Magpies up and the club legend just couldn't do it.
Of course, a better, more-experienced manager may be able to make a difference. But the lack of time would still get to them. With every passing week, there is less of it. Who could come in and keep Newcastle up by winning five out of their last eight or nine games?
Jose Mourinho? Nigel Pearson? The two sure-fire bets you would want are Tony Pulis and Sam Allardyce. But even Big Sam took several weeks to get Sunderland to some sort of basic level.
Newcastle are that bad under McClaren a new coach may need months to sort them out. Months the St James' Park outfit just don't have.
The hierarchy had better hope McClaren pulls a rabbit out of the hat soon.