Harry Redknapp puts the pressure on Steve McClaren, predicts West Ham's opener

Harry Redknapp with Glenn Hoddle at QPR training

The former Premier League boss believes Newcastle United simply have to stop underachieving, while also discussing West Ham's clash with Arsenal.

Harry Redknapp has been discussing Newcastle and West Ham United's Premier League openers and doesn't see either side overcoming tough opposition this weekend, according to Kicca.

Indeed, Newcastle face Southampton and Redknapp is predicting a 0-0 draw at St James' Park - although that's hardly a criticism given the quality of the Saints.

But the former Premier League manager has put the pressure on boss Steve McClaren, who he feels is in a great job.

Redknapp says the Magpies head coach must stem the tide at St James' Park and oversee a Newcastle side that pushes on instead of continuing their recent trend of underachievement.

He told Kicca: "It's a great job for Steve McClaren. They've got a couple of players in and they've been underachieving for too long; they really need to push on this year. I think it'll be 0-0 [against Southampton]."

Meanwhile, a tough week for West Ham is about to get worse, according to Redknapp.

The 68-year-old feels Arsenal will be too strong for the east London side and has gone as far as predicting a 3-0 win for the Gunners. West Ham were knocked out of Europe on Thursday night and, while few will be backing the Upton Park outfit to leave the Emirates with a victory, Redknapp's suggested outcome would see frustration rise at the club.

He added: "I'd love to the see the Hammers win but I can't see it happening. I think Arsenal will be too strong and I can see them winning 3-0."

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