Chris Hughton’s response when asked if Newcastle will survive in the Premier League

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Newcastle are fighting to survive in the Premier League.

Speaking to talkSPORT, former Newcastle boss Chris Hughton has shared his thoughts on whether Newcastle will be relegated this season, with them sitting in the bottom three after 24 games.

When asked if the Magpies will be relegated, Hughton said: “I always think that they’ll find a way. They have been prepared to spend in this [transfer] window, as they did in the summer. So I think they’ll find a way. The problem that they’ll always have is that it’s about winning games, but if you’ve got the teams around you also capable of winning games, then you’ve got to win more. I think they’ve got the manager to do that [secure survival].”

The Magpies sit two points behind 17th placed Norwich City, but they possess arguably the strongest squad on paper of all the teams scared of being relegated.

Steve McClaren spent heavily in the January window to improve his side, but issues still remain in their defence, with the head coach failing to bring in any players who improve his back-line.

They can score goals, but they leak them just as much, and McClaren needs to bring some stability to his team to keep them in with a chance of staying in the top flight.

The Tyneside club suffered a poor 3-0 defeat at the hands of Everton on Wednesday evening, and after spending so much money in January the pressure on McClaren’s head is sure to have grown.

Newcastle host West Brom this weekend, with a win able to take them out of the bottom three, but if they lose and Norwich win, the Magpies will start to fall deeper into a mire of relegation.

Chris Hughton believes the Magpies have what it takes to stay in the top flight, but the longer they leave it to get out of the bottom three, the more likely it is that Newcastle will be turning out in the Championship next season.

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