Newcastle United legend Malcolm Macdonald fears for his old club unless they can turnover the current squad quickly.
Supermac told the Daily Star Sunday: "You have to get these players out without any consideration or mulling it over. Get them out.
"If you have got 12 or 13 players on £50,000 a week, get them out because they will never earn those wages in the Championship. Never.
"This is why I think Alan Shearer has desperately tried to get this fellow Ashley to see sense over this. He wants to get to work straight away to get into the marketplace. At the moment, Newcastle is just frozen in time, which is nonsense. Under Sir Bobby Robson, they qualified for the Champions League and he finished fifth and was sacked in the August.
"Ever since then, I have watched Newcastle going backwards and backwards. And look at Sunderland. They have not really overtaken them. Newcastle have just fallen out of the race. It's like the Titanic passing them and heading for the iceberg.
"When we are putting petrol in our cars, Newcastle have this habit of pouring sand in too. Would you put anyone at Newcastle in charge of a shotgun? No. Because they will blow your feet off."
Macdonald's biggest concern is over a squad which he obviously doesn't feel will be able to compete and survive in the muck and bullets football of the Championship.
He added: "What I really fear is that, come the start of the season, the dressing room will be full of disenchanted, disinterested footballers. They will be going out at a level which the vast majority do not understand.
"For the Championship, you have got teams full of dedicated, hard-working professionals who might not be quite as good as the Premier League's star-quality players. But these guys, they will give you 100 per cent running, effort, fight and battle. "The Newcastle lads will have their socks run off. They will be run into the ground. They will be kicked from pillar to post.
"The game is totally different down there. They are definitely out for a rude awakening and an experience that they might not recover from."