Stuart Pearce has been looking at Newcastle United’s promotion credentials on this 17 match promotion run-in.

The former Newcastle and England defender thinks United have got the right ‘tools’ to get back into the Premier League.

Pearce name checks both the players (‘probably the strongest squad in the league’) and the supporters (‘home and away they have absolutely massive numbers’) as reasons for being confident.

However, he also has a word of warning, saying that the Championship is ‘an unforgiving league’ and that you simply have ‘got to keep going and going’.

There have been many dramatic collapses by clubs going for promotion to the Premier League, as well as late runs that have seen surprise teams go up.

The competitive nature of the Championship was summed up in an article on The Mag yesterday (Wednesday), where despite negativity from many Newcastle fans about the recent matches, the Championship form table going back to the end of December showed Newcastle at the very top (see it HERE).

The next three and a half weeks sees a tough seven game schedule (see below) with Newcastle having five of those matches away from home, including playing away at all three of the other clubs in the top four.

As Stuart Pearce says; ‘no easy games’.

Stuart Pearce speaking to Sky Sports:

“They have got the squad, which is probably the strongest squad in the league.

“The Newcastle United fanbase is sensational and we know home and away they have absolutely massive numbers.

“But it is an unforgiving league and you have got to keep going and keep going – 46 matches and it is a tough league to keep winning in – no easy games.

“However, I think that they have got the tools to get out of this league without a doubt – I think they will go up automatically.”

The upcoming matches below, including ticket details if you are interested in getting to any of them:

Saturday 11 February – Wolves v Newcastle (5.30pm) – SKY SPORTS

Newcastle United’s 4,200+ allocation is now completely sold out.

Tuesday 14 February – Norwich v Newcastle (7.45pm)

Tickets are now on general sale to all Newcastle fans, priced at Adults £35, OAPs £25, U18s £20, U12s £12.

Monday 20 February – Newcastle v Aston Villa (8pm) – SKY SPORTS

A public sale now to all fans when booking online, in person or on the phone.

Saturday 25 February – Newcastle v Bristol City (3pm)

A public sale now to all fans when booking online, in person, or on the phone.

Tuesday 28 February – Brighton v Newcastle (7.45pm) – SKY SPORTS

Tickets now on sale to all season ticket holder sale now (zero loyalty points needed), tickets priced £32 adults, £24 over 65s and 21-24s, Under 18s £18, Under 10s £10.

Saturday 4 March – Huddersfield v Newcastle (5.30pm) – SKY SPORTS

Tickets went on sale Tuesday 7 Feb to season ticket holders with 110 loyalty points. Prices are £30 for adults, £20 for over-60s, £10 for under-18s.

Tuesday 7 March – Reading v Newcastle (7.45pm)

Ticket details to be confirmed.

Saturday 11 March – Newcastle v Fulham (3pm)

Ticket details to be confirmed.

Saturday 18 March – Birmingham v Newcastle (3pm)

Ticket details to be confirmed.

(Then a two week international break follows, before Newcastle v Wigan on Saturday 1 April)

Buying tickets:

By phone in UK

0844 372 1892 (7p per minute plus network charge)

By phone from overseas

0044 870 444 1892

To buy online go HERE