Alan Shearer has insisted there must be a collective blame for Newcastle's relegation from the Barclays Premier League - and he has pointed the finger at himself as well as owner Mike Ashley.
Shearer, who will not decide his future until meeting with Ashley later this week, is adamant "huge problems" at the club need to be sorted out if the Magpies are to make a quickfire return to the top flight.
A 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa courtesy of an own goal from Damien Duff put the final nail into Newcastle's coffin.
But Shearer, brought in for the final eight games of the campaign, believes Newcastle were "not good enough" over the course of a 38-game campaign and deserved to be relegated after 16 years among the elite.
Shearer said: "I spoke to them in the dressing room and said `you can make all the excuses you like.'
"But I wasn't good enough, Mike Ashley is not good enough, the same with Chris Hughton, Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear (who have all managed Newcastle this season), people in the dressing room, all of us."