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Shearer reveals Newcastle relegation worries

29 April 2013 10:28

Alan Shearer believes Newcastle United are in danger of relegation following their 6-0 drubbing at the hands of Liverpool.

Newcastle were dismantled by Brendan Rodgers' side on Saturday, a result which only worsened the atmosphere among many disgruntled home fans.

The defeat has led for calls for manager Alan Pardew to part company with the club and, while Shearer does not believe the former West Ham boss should be relieved of his duties, he conceded to being extremely worried by Newcastle's recent performances.

"This was supposed to be a Newcastle team determined to wipe away the memory of the 3-0 Sunderland defeat by putting in a spirited display," Shearer wrote in his column for The Sun.

"But, they [Liverpool] came to town without their best player Luis Suarez and still destroyed Newcastle.

"I think Pardew has enough credit in the bank from last season to be afforded another chance. But he is under massive pressure and if this trend continues two months into the next season, there will be even more calls for his head."

However, although Shearer is backing Newcastle to survive, the club's record goalscorer accepts that the manner of Saturday's defeat may make it difficult for fans to support the manager, who has a contract until 2020.

He added: "There are only three games left. If it was twice that many Alan Pardew's team could well be bang in trouble.

"A five-point gap should give them enough breathing space — with Wigan and Aston Villa facing each other in their final game of the season.

"Have faith and stick with us will be the cry from the manager. That loyalty he calls upon is being severely tested right now."

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