The average points total required for Premier League survival - and it's NOT 40 points
The Magpies remain six points above the drop zone and have history going in their favour with 36 points the average total in which guarantee top-flight survival. Click and scroll through the pages as we crunch the numbers from every season in the Premier League era and discover the points total needed to survive in their specific campaign.
Goal difference was enough to see Coventry and Southampton survive as Manchester City, QPR and Bolton Wanderers suffered relegation in the Premier League's maiden season.
Sunderland reached the 40 points total but were condemned to relegation alongside Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest. Coventry survived in 17th by one point.
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Goal difference again proved crucial, keeping Everton above the dreaded line, inflicting a relegation on Bolton Wanderers. Barnsley and Crystal Palace also went down.
Charlton slipped in the second tier with 36 points while Southampton survived by a five points, in the end.
Wimbledon's 33 points wasn't enough to retain their top-flight status as Bradford City beat the drop by three points.
With 34 points, Manchester City were relegated for the second time in five years as Coventry and Bradford City joined them in the second tier.
18th place Ipswich could only reach a points total of 36 points as Sunderland and Bolton Wanderers survived with a tally of 40.
Remarkably, not even 42 points was enough to see West Ham safe as Bolton Wanderers won the race for survival. West Brom and Sunderland had been comfortably cut adrift.
The whole bottom three of Leeds, Leicester and Wolves ended the campaign with 33 points.
34 points was the magic number again as West Brom completed the great escape with Crystal Palace, Norwich and Southampton slipping in the Championship.
Birmingham's season tally of 34 points saw them fall four points short of 17th place Portsmouth.
For the third time in the Premier League era, goal difference played its vital part as Wigan pipped Sheffield United to top-flight survival in the tightest fashion.
Goal. Difference. Again. Fulham's late surge toward survival went down to the final game, where Reading slipped in the bottom three.
Newcastle needed just a point on the final of the season at Villa Park to stay up on goal difference, however a 1-0 defeat gifted Hull City's survive.
Portsmouth, deducted 10 points, finished rock bottom while Hull and Burnley dropped into the second tier, amassing just 30 points, five less than 17th place West Ham.
A dramatic last day of the season saw Wolves beat the drop with 40 points. Birmingham and Blackpool fell short by mere one point.
Bolton Wanderers slipped into the Championship as 17th place QPR beat the drop by one point on 37 points.
One year later and it was same story. Wigan, celebrating their shock FA Cup success, failed to meet expectations in the lead, falling three behind 17th placed Sunderland.
17th place West Brom beat the drop by three points while Norwich, Fulham and Cardiff dropped into the second-tier.
Hull City fell three points short of survival as it was Aston Villa who finished in 17th with 38 points.
United left it late to sack Steve McClaren and appoint Rafa Benitez, which saw the Magpies fall short.
Two of Newcastle's North East rivals, Sunderland and Middlesbrough dropped into the Championship with Hull City joining them.
Two of the bottom three, Swansea and Stoke were relegated with 33 points while Southampton sat just above the dreaded red line with a tally of 36.