Today is the day for Geordies to rejoice. The messiah mk II - Alan Shearer - is their white knight, striding into the club in their moment of need to rescue them from footballing oblivion.
But tomorrow is where the hard work starts. Shearer has just eight games to save the club, with a very imposing fixture list. They need wins, and quickly.
But where are the points going to come from? Here is my look at how Newcastle can stay up:
Must win games
Portsmouth (H) - 27 April
Middlesbrough (H) - 9 May
Fulham (H) - 16 May
Home form is critical to Premier League survival - even more so when you’re playing your relegation rivals. Newcastle simply cannot afford to lose to Pompey and Boro and with Fulham’s poor away form, they will hope to grab a win there too. Those nine points would take them a long way towards salvation.
Must not lose
Stoke (A) - 11 April
Tottenham (A) - 19 April
Two more tough trips to relegation contenders - a win would be seen as a bonus. But......
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