John Carver highlights the big difference between Sam Allardyce and Steve McClaren

Newcastle Utd - Striped Fans

John Carver believes there is a big difference between Sam Allardyce and Steve McClaren's body language.

Former Newcastle manager John Carver has told BBC Sport's Match of the Day 2 Extra that he thinks there is a difference in body language between Sam Allardyce and Steve McClaren.

Both Sunderland and Newcastle have been struggling at the foot of the Premier League table for too long now, and are currently relying on Allardyce and McClaren to save them respectively.

Their fortunes over the weekend couldn't have been any more different. Sunderland produced a superb performance to beat Manchester United 2-1, moving to within one point of safety, whilst Newcastle were humiliated with a 5-1 thrashing at Chelsea.

Both clubs were busy in the January transfer window, with Sunderland bringing in the likes of Lamine Kone, Wahbi Khazri and Dame N'Doye, whilst Newcastle splashed out to land Henri Saivet, Jonjo Shelvey, Andros Townsend and Seydou Doumbia.

Intriguingly, John Carver - former Newcastle manager - was asked on BBC Sport's Match of the Day 2 Extra about a possible difference in body language between Allardyce and McClaren, with suggestions that the Sunderland boss is bullish whereas McClaren is acting defensively.

Carver believes that there is a difference, and thinks it's down to the fact that Allardyce has confidence in how Sunderland are progressing since the January transfer window, with some big results against tough opponents - but claims that McClaren is feeling the pressure of spending so much money and not getting results to go with the outlay.

"I think Sam is like that because he sees the club is progressing, the team is progressing," said Carver. "Since they brought in the three players in the window, they've made huge strides; a great result at Liverpool, a good performance against Manchester City and a win [against Manchester United] - so they're full of confidence."

"The problem Steve's got is because they've spent that money. He spent £51m in the summer, he spent £29m in the January window; there's more pressure on them. It will take its toll, because everybody is expecting Newcastle to get out of this trouble," said Carver.

Do you think Sunderland and Newcastle will stay up this season?

Register for NEWCASTLE UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch