Newcastle midfielder Danny Guthrie is adamant he and his team-mates must shoulder the responsibility for the club's desperate fight against relegation.
The 21-year-old midfielder insists it is they who have got the Magpies into the mess they are currently in, and only they who can rescue themselves. With eight games remaining, Newcastle find themselves two points adrift of safety and there have been calls for owner Mike Ashley - who has strongly resisted them - to draft in an experienced stop-gap manager, such as Terry Venables.
However, Guthrie believes the club's fate lies in the hands of the players alone and said: "It's the players who go out there on a match day, whatever anyone says."
He added: "For me, what was going on behind the scenes didn't affect me. We went out there as fit and as well prepared as if nothing had happened, so I think it is up to the players to take responsibility for results on the pitch.
"There are eight games left and a lot of points to play for - but it doesn't look good when you look at the table, and we have got a lot of hard games as well.
"But we are more than capable of getting ourselves out of it - and it's about time we get out there and do it.
"No-one's heads have gone down. It hurts when you lose games, and the hardest thing to do is to pick yourselves up, but that's what we have got to do and get ready for the Chelsea game.
"We have got a lot of experienced players in the dressing room, which helps. You can turn to them and they have been there, seen it and done it."
Meanwhile, Newcastle have turned to one of the heroes of their recent past to help school a new generation of strikers.
Magpies legend Peter Beardsley, who has been working in an ambassadorial role for the club, has returned as an Academy coach.
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