Michael Owen gives his verdict on whether Newcastle will stay up or get relegated

Former Newcastle United striker expects his old team to stay in the Premier League.

Former Newcastle United striker Michael Owen believes his old club will retain their place in the Premier League, whoever is appointed as manager.

The club announced on Friday morning in a statement on their official website that Steve McClaren has been fired after 28 games in charge, with the team sitting in the relegation zone.

McClaren's stint in charge saw the club average just 0.68 points per game, and suffered swift exits from both domestic cup competitions.

Owen took to Twitter to comment on speculation Rafa Benitez could get the job, first reported by HITC Sport last week, adding that whoever takes over should keep the club afloat.

Owen's insinuation is that the players are good enough to stay up, but this has not stopped them from being in their current predicament with just 10 games remaining, nor did it prevent their relegation in 2010, when Owen was at Newcastle.

Benitez has a record of managing in the Premier League with Liverpool and Chelsea, and managing to lure him as Steve McClaren's replacement would be a coup for the club.

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