Defender Habib Beye has warned his team-mates that they must not be relegated from the Premier League this season.

Beye has been a regular in Alan Shearer’s side since returning from injury and is aware how important it is for the'  future of the club that they avoid relegation to the Championship.

The 31-year-old has said that Newcastle are one of the ‘biggest clubs in England’ and that the players have a ‘responsibility’ to keep them in the top flight.

Beye has become a fans favourite since his move from Marseille in August 2007 and has clearly developed a strong passion for the football club. That’s why he is so desperate to do all he can to help the team.

With three games of the season remaining, Newcastle sit inside the bottom three and are three points away from safety. Beye is aware that as things stand, he and his team are on course for relegation.

However, there is still time to turn things around with Beye claiming that Monday night’s clash with Middlesbrough is a ‘very big game’. Shearer’s men must pick up three points at St James’ Park if they are to succeed in surviving in the Premier League.

Victory for Beye and Newcastle on Monday night would virtually condemn Middlesbrough to relegation, so that would be one less team to worry about. It could then be between Newcastle, Hull and Sunderland for the
final relegation place.

Three points need to be achieved first though and for this to happen, Newcastle need to do what they haven’t done very much of late – score a couple of goals.

Since Shearer has taken over, they have only managed one goal in five games and with Michael Owen, Mark Viduka and Obafemi Martins up front, this isn’t anywhere near good enough.

Perhaps this will start to turn around on Monday night and Newcastle can score enough goals to defeat Middlesbrough. Habib Beye certainly hopes so.

By Thomas Rooney

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