By Russell Edge

15th Dec, 2017 | 8:36pm

'Like a carnival' - Dyer delivers bold Newcastle relegation verdict

Former Newcastle United midfielder Kieron Dyer has said that he expects the Magpies to escape relegation this season thanks to both manager Rafael Benitez and the club’s fan base.

The Spanish boss has seen his side endure a terrible run of form over recent weeks, with his side managing to pick up a solitary point from a possible 24 in an eight game winless streak.

After a bright start to the season, which saw them peak at the heady heights of fourth, the Magpies now find themselves sitting in 16th, just a point and two places above Crystal Palace in 18th, the first of the relegation spots.

With a fight for survival on their hands, Dyer boldly says he is backing his former side to stave off relegation this season, stating that if the proposed takeover does go through, then the Toon Army’s entire mindset will change and boost the club up the table.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 live’s Friday Football Social programme (15/12, 19:00), he said: “Do I think Newcastle will be safe? I do.

“I just think with Benitez, the type of manager he is.

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“It looks like this takeover is going to be happening, and knowing the Geordie fans we know, once that takeover happens, the fans’ support, the base, it will just be like a carnival atmosphere.

“They can be like a 12th man at the moment. Yes, things are going bad for Newcastle at the moment, but their performances haven’t been too bad.

“Even at Old Trafford (a 4-1 defeat v Manchester United), for 30 to 40 minutes they were better than Manchester United!”

The Magpies will be hoping to put an end to their run when they visit Arsenal on Saturday, with the Gunners holding an impressive nine game winning streak, which stretches back to 2011, over the Magpies in their recent clashes.

In other Newcastle United news, a panel of Sky Sports pundits have been unanimous in their verdict on the Magpies’ survival hopes.

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