Newcastle legend Micky Quinn has major concerns about the Magpies’ Premier League status, admitting he believes relegation rivals Fulham could soon overtake the Tynesiders in the table.

The Magpies are currently seven points clear of 18th placed Fulham – who secured a shock 2-0 victory at Everton on Sunday night – but Scott Parker’s side have a game in hand.

Steve Bruce’s Newcastle are not clear of relegation trouble


Steve Bruce’s Newcastle are not clear of relegation trouble

Steve Bruce’s side produced a lacklustre display at Chelsea on Monday night as Thomas Tuchel’s men ran out 2-0 winners at Stamford Bridge.

A run of just two wins in 13 league games has left Newcastle looking over their shoulders, with Quinn expressing his belief that a number of the club’s squad just aren’t Premier League quality.

Quizzed by Ally McCoist on whether his beloved Toon will avoid the drop, Quinn told Tuesday’s talkSPORT Breakfast: “I don’t know.

“They’re on that slippery rock. You look at some of the players: Jonjo Shelvey and Dwight Gayle… Andy Carroll – past his sell by date – Joelinton – couldn’t hit a barn door with a pea. These are guys I think fall below Premier League class.

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“If you look at some of the games recently; Sheffield United have improved, Fulham have improved – they beat Everton at the weekend. You look at Burnley and they’ve improved.

“This three or four weeks ago and they’re starting to rack up points. They are in a relegation fight.

“They can get out of it because they’ve got the likes of Allan [Saint-Maximin], Miguel [Almiron] and the kid Joe Willock has done well since he’s come to Newcastle – but he needs that service.

“They have got a chance, but to me if they play like that did last night… the first half was just desperate.”

Bruce is confident his side will ‘be okay’ if they produce similar performances to those which delivered recent wins against Everton and Southampton.

The Magpies are seven points clear of 18th place Fulham – but have played a game more

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The Magpies are seven points clear of 18th place Fulham – but have played a game more

“There are that many teams involved, it has been an unbelievable year. Everyone is making a fist of it down below and there are six, seven teams looking over their shoulder,” the 60-year-old said after the defeat at Stamford Bridge.

“If we continue like we have done recently we will be okay.

“There were a few positives in the second half and I think the players are enjoying it, we have to get a few results but I am far happier in myself the way we played in the second half in the way we want to go about our work.”


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