Ex-Newcastle boss claims Magpies are half way there

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Ex-Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew believes his former side are already ‘half way to survival’ following their run of three consecutive Premier League victories.

Rafael Benitez’s side had a unsavoury welcome back to the top flight with back-to-back defeats against Tottenham Hotspur and Huddersfield Town, however after three wins on the bounce against West Ham, Swansea and most recently Stoke City, the Magpies now sit pretty in 4th place in the table.

Pardew, who was in charge of the club between 2010 and 2014, has been impressed with his old side’s recent performances and has tipped them to stay in the Premier League this season.

“Momentum is such a huge thing in football,” Pardew writes in his column in the Daily Mail.

“Newcastle United have won three on the trot now and, if they keep the run going and win, say, six out of the next 10, that’s almost good enough to keep them in the division.”

Benitez had a quiet transfer window and following their tough start to the season, the Spaniard was heavily criticised for his lack of business, however Pardew believes the former Liverpool boss has a squad who are more than capable of staying in England’s top division come May.

“After the transfer window shut, Rafa Benitez has obviously got his group of players together. They are going out with a good game plan and carrying out his message,” said the ex-Crystal Palace manager.

“It’s like that old Morecambe and Wise joke. Crystal Palace are playing all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order! Newcastle, however, are on song, and everything sounds sweet.

“Now the next game is important for them to keep up that momentum. It’s Brighton away on Sunday.”

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