Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer believes the club are “in a mess” as they fight for Premier League survival.
The Magpies, five points above the drop zone, are on their worst top-flight run for 38 years, losing seven in a row.
That has led to boss John Carver facing supporter criticism, while fans have staged protests against owner Mike Ashley’s running of the club.
“They’re in a mess. They’re in trouble,” said Shearer, speaking on Match of the Day.
Saturday’s 3-2 home defeat by Swansea left Newcastle on 35 points, four places and five points above relegation zone.
They have four games remaining and have played a game more than three of the teams below them.
Shearer, Newcastle’s record goal scorer as well as former captain and manager, added: “I think 35 points might be enough to stay up. But I’m looking at Newcastle, and I don’t think they’re safe yet. Their goal difference is not great either.
“Newcastle will need another point and then I think they’ll be all right, but I don’t know where that’s going to come from.
“I feel a bit sorry for John Carver, because he’s from the area, he loves the football club; it’s just a shame some of his players don’t love the football club as much as he does.”