The Hull City new boy cast his eye over this weekend's clash.
Former Newcastle midfielder Ryan Taylor has warned that Sam Allardyce’s appointment has come at the worst possible time for the Magpies but hopes his old side can overturn their losing streak in this weekend’s Tyne-Wear derby.
The 31-year old – who joined Hull City after being released by Newcastle this summer – lamented the Black Cats’ timing in their managerial appointments and suggested that has given them an edge in previous encounters.
“It’s a tough one to call. It’s a weird one because Sunderland always seem to time it perfectly to have a change of manager just in time for their first home game to be the Tyne-Wear derby,” said Taylor on the ‘Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast’ show on talkSPORT this morning (aired at 09:10).
“They’ve came out on top in the last couple of years but I’m looking forward to it after the result Newcastle had on the weekend. What a win that was - it can only bring so much confidence to the team.”
Big Sam’s start to life on Wearside didn’t go exactly to plan with the defeat to West Brom last weekend, but there were signs of increased solidity and were it not for a controversial Saido Berahino goal, they may well have left with some reward.
Newcastle will be on a high after their enthralling win over Norwich but their woeful recent record against Sunderland will undoubtedly be resting on a few minds.
Sunday’s showdown at the Stadium of Light is delicately poised and the situation at either club could feel drastically altered come 2pm.