Liverpool legend Alan Hansen says it shouldn't be panic stations at Newcastle United.

Hansen is convinced Newcastle will bounce back strongly from a dismal campaign - if they can avoid the drop.

He wrote in the Telegraph: "I understand the fear for Newcastle given the way they have played in the last few weeks, especially at home, but I see their current plight as a freakish dip due to a series of unfortunate circumstances rather than a terminal, predictable decline.

"The anomaly of the league table is that should Newcastle keep out of the bottom three, I would expect them to finish comfortably in the top half next season under Pardew."