Steve Howey comments on how several of Newcastle United's players will cope in the Championship

The former Newcastle player does not think the club will survive.

Newcastle United won 3-0 against Swansea City yesterday to keep their hopes of Premier League survival, however slim they are, alive.

However, their hopes of survival still don’t look great.

Before the weekend former Newcastle United defender Steve Howey was less than optimistic about their hopes of staying in the Premier League.

He spoke to Sky Sports News HQ in the week (15/04/2016) about Newcastle in the second tier. The former Toon defender, who spent 11 years at the club, was discussing how some of the Newcastle United players will cope in the Championship:

“When Newcastle went down last time they had players like Steve Harper, (Steven) Taylor, (Kevin) Nolan, (Alan) Smith, (Andy) Carroll. Strong characters in the dressing room, lads that knew what it took.

“It could go one or two ways. Because of the likes of (Georginio) Wijnaldum, (Andros) Townsend, (Jonjo) Shelvey, (Moussa) Sissoko – decent players, good players, two England internationals in there.

“They could either take it (the Championship) by storm or they might really struggle.

“Because the games are thick and fast they’re very aggressive. We all know how many teams have gone down there and struggled to come back up. It’s going to be a toss up to what happens. How many will still be there at the end of the season? Remains to be seen.”

Newcastle brought in some big names in the summer and the winter and it will be interesting to see who stays with the club if they do go down – and whether they can cope with the rigours of Championship football.

The likes of Jonjo Shelvey, Andros Townsend and Aleksandar Mitrovic would certainly be big names in the Championship but this is not always a precursor to second-tier success.

Keeping hold of the right players will be key if Newcastle United are relegated to the Championship. If they can find that balance once again then Newcastle should bounce back very swiftly.

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