Stuart Pearce has told Sky Sports News, on the morning of 3 March, that Aston Villa and Norwich City have no chance of avoiding the drop this season.
Villa are currently nine points adrift of safety, and they have looked doomed for some time.
Pearce’s claim that Norwich are already down is a far more controversial one though, as Alex Neil’s side are currently only one point away from 17th-placed Sunderland.
The Canaries may be on a poor run of form, but they have spent most the season above the drop zone so far.
However, Pearce feels that the East Anglian side are destined to be playing Championship football next season.
“I think the teams that are volatile… I think, obviously, Villa. They’re gone. I think Norwich are as well,” the former Nottingham Forest boss said.
After writing off Norwich and Villa, Pearce then went on to claim that Newcastle United will get out of danger.
Although the Magpies are currently in 18th place, Pearce feels that Steve McClaren’s side have an easy run-in.
And the former England international then suggests that it will be left for Sunderland and Swansea City to battle it out to avoid occupying the last spot in the relegation zone.
“Newcastle fixtures are very kind, I think they’ll get out of the problems they’re in,” he predicted. “Sunderland have shown some shoots of form, so I’m not sure about them. And that victory for Swansea was massive.”