Newcastle United are in real danger of spending next season in the Championship following a disastrous campaign under Steve McClaren in the Premier League.
Following their 1-1 draw with Sunderland in the Tyne-Wear derby, the Magpies are 19th in the table, three points off 17th place Norwich City and safety.
However, former Newcastle-midfielder David Ginola believes this is a good situation for the club he spent two years at.
Speaking to Talksport, the Frenchman said: “They need to go back to scratch, they need to start all over again.
“For many years Newcastle has been in a situation like this and at some stage they need to realise that things need to be dealt with properly.
“They’ve brought in Rafa Benitez, but if they’re relegated at the end of the season he will go. Who is going to be their next manager?
“So please Newcastle United, let’s go down to the Championship! Let’s start again, let’s have a manager for the next five years, let’s work on the academy and bring some talents from the academy into the first-team.
“Forget about just trying to stay in the Premier League. If you do this, you’re going to be stronger over the next five years.”
Clearly, aiming to get into the second-tier is a ludicrous aspiration.
If Newcastle want to rebuild, there is no better place to do so than the top-flight, with teams expected to earn at least £100m from playing in the competition next term.
The idea of starting again in a lower division is not a foolish idea in itself, with Aston Villa likely to benefit from this next season.
However, the Villans are in a much more dire situation than the Magpies and their need to restructure in the Championship is through necessity rather than anything else.
Newcastle are in a much better position, with eight games left to save themselves and have already reinvigorated themselves by bringing in a Champions League winning manager in Benitez.
Furthermore, getting promotion is always a difficult task for those who come down and the Magpies only managed it in 2010 by keeping a core group together.