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Alan Shearer fears Newcastle could be heading for the Championship.
The Mapgies suffered their SEVENTH successive loss as they went down 3-2 to Swansea at St James’ Park on Saturday.
Despite their woeful run of form, they are five points clear of rivals Sunderland, who sit 18th in the Premier League, with four games to go.
But Shearer believes his old club may not pick up another point this season and is warning their top-flight status is under serious threat.
"Have no doubts about it - Newcastle are now in real danger of going down," Shearer wrote in his column in The Sun.
"I didn't think so until Saturday but after that performance I can't actually say with any certainty that we will get another point this season."
The 44-year-old lays the blame firmly on the players, lamenting their attitude and expressed sympathy for head coach John Carver as he tries to get more from them.
He added: "Carver himself has been getting some stick. But he loves the club and I know he is hurting.
"Why don't the Newcastle players start taking some responsibility? Because right now they are an embarrassment."
Shearer has been impressed by Aston Villa's resurgence, Leicester's remarkable four-game winning streak and feels Hull will be buoyed by their win over Palace at the weekend.
He feels all those sides can overhaul the Magpies and just questioned if Sunderland can get the points they need to drag Newcastle deeper into the mire.