Alan Shearer says Newcastle United can have no complaints if they go down.
John Carver’s beleaguered side need to win on Sunday to be guaranteed to stay in the Premier League.
But the 17th-placed club has taken just one point from a possible 30 since the February 28 win over Aston Villa.
And the odds are seemingly against Newcastle beating West Ham United at St James’s Park, leaving the team’s destiny in the hands of third-from-bottom Hull City.
Steve Bruce’s Hull entertain Manchester United at the KC Stadium.
Shearer, United manager the last time the club was relegated in 2009, says he feels for head coach Carver, who has presided over a disastrous series of results since taking over Alan Pardew at the turn of the year.
The table never lies after 38 games, and the three teams that do get relegated will deserve to get relegated. The performances have been nowhere near good enough – you can’t get away from that.Alan Shearer
But Newcastle’s all-time record scorer, now a pundit for Match of the Day, says the club will deserve to go down if it drops into the bottom three on the final day of a troubled season.
“I know what John’s going through – I’ve been there myself,” said Shearer, speaking at a charity golf day at Close House, Heddon on the Wall, which was also attended by Carver.
“It’s not a nice feeling, and Steve Bruce (will be) exactly the same, and (Sunderland head coach) Dick Advocaat.
“The table never lies after 38 games, and the three teams that do get relegated will deserve to get relegated.
“The performances have been nowhere near good enough – you can’t get away from that.
“It’s been a very disappointing second half to the season. I don’t think anyone saw it coming.
“It won’t be a place for celebration if Newcastle do get a result – there’s not been a lot to celebrate. It’ll be a huge summer for Newcastle. I hope they’re still in the Premier League.”
Former United chairman Freddy Shepherd last week suggested that owner Mike Ashley would look to sell the club if it was relegated.
Shearer, however, is as in the dark as any Newcastle fan about Ashley’s intentions given that the billionaire has never spoken in public since buying the club.
“We don’t know what Mike Ashley is feeling or wants to do, because no one ever hears anything from him,” said Shearer.
“It’s been a desperately disappointing season again. You just hope they can get over the line and improve in the summer.
“The fans up here really do need something to shout about.”