Newcastle United have a huge fight on their hands to survive.
The Magpies are rock bottom of the Premier League after 14 games. They’re yet to win so far, picking up just seven points from draws.
They’re six points adrift of Watford in 17th, and massively need a win on Saturday to boost their survival hopes.
If Eddie Howe’s side don’t beat Burnley, a lot of Toon fans will likely resign themselves to relegation. Some have already.
But what are people from inside the club saying? Well The Athletic’s George Caulkin has provided an insight.
What has Newcastle reporter George Caulkin had to say?
Caulkin was speaking on the Athletic’s Pod On The Tyne podcast, and mentioned a conversation he’d had with someone ‘around the dressing room’ at Newcastle.
“I spoke to someone around the dressing room today who said that there is still confidence that Newcastle can stay up,” Caulkin said.
“He sort of said that this is the kind of club we are. We can go to Leicester and get a win. It’ll be the Newcastle way of doing things.
“But at the same time, he also said that this is a culture thing. There’s been a ‘just get by’ mentality at the club where you do the bare minimum. And eventually that fails.”
Mike Ashley hangover is hurting Newcastle
The takeover in October lifted the mood around the club. Fans have started to believe again, and are excited for the future.
But the hangover from the Mike Ashley regime continues to hinder us.
First there was the sacking of Steve Bruce. In an ideal world, the new owners would have stuck with Bruce while they got things sorted behind the scenes. But they had to act now, as Bruce was doing more damage than good.
Meanwhile, we’ve got a squad of players that is massively lacking in a lot of areas. And that’s because of Ashley’s unwillingness to invest.
We have a core of players who were signed for the Championship in 2016. Those players have been given new contracts, as it was cheaper than getting rid and buying replacements.
The ‘just get by’ mentality is coming to a head. Will it end in relegation? Or will Newcastle be able to pull off a great escape?