Newcastle and Sunderland are enduring differing fortunes in their fight for survival.
Newcastle and Sunderland are still both fighting relegation in this ongoing Premier League season, and Stan Collymore has told talkSPORT that there is one main difference between the two clubs - and it comes down to their respective managers.
Collymore said: “The difference between Sunderland and Newcastle is that Sam Allardyce is a big imposing man who runs a club as a dictator. He doesn’t take any nonsense in the dressing room. Steve McClaren is more of a coach, who would be more adept at taking charge of a mid-table Premier League team who are almost the finished article. Rather than a team whose players at the moment are hiding.”
Allardyce is known as a manager who keeps teams in the Premier League, and his attitude and mentality are built for a Sunderland side in this position.
There has already been a turnaround at the Stadium of Light since his appointment, and two successive wins for the Black Cats saw them move out of the bottom three this weekend.
For Newcastle, they ended the weekend in the relegation places after a 5-1 drubbing at the hands of Crystal Palace, and Collymore believes that McClaren’s nature is not suited to a team in a relegation battle.
He comes across as a far more meek character than someone like Allardyce, and this is not the kind of boss needed to shake up a club in the middle of a season which is likely to end in relegation.
It appeared as if the Magpies had turned a corner a few weeks ago and were slowly improving, but now they are back to their worst, and Sunderland are the best bet between which of the North Eastern teams will survive this season.