If Newcastle United don’t get relegated this season, what will be the main reason?

With two months remaining and over two thirds of the season behind us, with Newcastle in 19th place even Steve McClaren has had to accept that everything isn’t great.

The team travel to Stoke tonight and a win would do wonders, three points clear of the relegation zone and a game in hand.

Reality says though that Newcastle have won only two of their last 20 away games, including losing the last six, so by far the most likely outcome is staying second bottom by the end of tonight.

Look beyond that though and into your crystal ball, it is Sunday 15 May, it is 5pm and Newcastle are still a Premier League team having not been relegated.

If that is the case, what do you think will have been the biggest factor…?

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