Newcastle legend Shearer admits relegation fear

Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has relegation concerns for his old club.

Placed two points above the bottom three, Newcastle could be heading back to the Championship, unless a revival starts in earnest against Reading and Aston Villa.

Asked about his old club's survival prospects, Shearer - caretaker boss when they were relegated in 2009 - said: "If you ask me in two weeks' time, I would probably be able to give you a different answer, because the next two games are vital.

"Reading at home and Aston Villa away are two huge games. We desperately need a win. Hopefully that will happen on Saturday, because otherwise the pressure will crank up.

"They need new players. Alan Pardew has said that he is looking for a centre forward. What else he is looking for, I am not quite sure. The numbers are pretty thin and that has been tested this year."

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