Fabricio Coloccini says Newcastle United are running out of time in their battle against relegation.
Steve McClaren’s side are two points adrift of safety.
We need to improve things, and quickly, because if we don’t then we’re going to be in trouble.Fabricio Coloccini
United ended a miserable year on the pitch with a 1-0 away defeat to West Bromwich Albion on Monday.
The club’s next opponents are Premier League leaders Arsenal, who entertain Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
Captain Coloccini, in the side which was relegated at Villa Park in 2009, has admitted that United will be in “trouble” – if they are not already – if they don’t quickly start climbing the table.
“It’s very difficult, but we have the strength to go out of the situation,” said the 33-year-old.
“We need to improve things, and quickly, because if we don’t then we’re going to be in trouble.”
Coloccini does not think that there are parallels between the club’s predicament this season and what happened in the troubled 2008-09 campaign, which ended in a last-day relegation to the Championship.
“It’s different,” he said. “In that moment, we had a bigger squad and most of them were big players.
“Now it’s different, we have a lot of young players who want to improve and be top players.
“That’s the difference now. The players are hungry.”