Alan Shearer slams Newcastle United's survival instinct in comparison to Sunderland

The former Toon striker believes the upcoming North-East derby will determine who says and who goes in the Premier League.

Alan Shearer is a Newcastle United legend and a lifelong fan of the Tyneside club.

In recent times however he has not been able to bite his tongue at the state of affairs at his former club.

Newcastle are currently struggling at the wrong end of the Premier League table and lost 3-1 at home to Bournemouth at the weekend - with the Cherries now looking safe.

Meanwhile, also in the relegation fight with Newcastle, are North-East rivals Sunderland. It is looking increasingly likely that it is between these two sides for the final relegation place - with Aston Villa seemingly gone and Norwich City slipping away.

But Sunderland, under the management of former Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce, simply look to have more fight in them then their rivals.

Shearer, speaking on the BBC's Match of the Day, had this to say about the current situation:

"They are giving hope. We mentioned Newcastle before, nothing really to hope for.

"At least with Sam they are working and going in the right direction.

"Strong, tough to beat - unlike Newcastle."

He also went on to make a big claim about the upcoming North-East derby. The two teams face off in the Premier League on the 20th of March and Shearer believes the winner stays up:

"Big game coming up in two games time, Newcastle v Sunderland. Winner stays up I think."

It looks like becoming a head-to-head local battle for the final relegation place in the Premier League this season.

If Newcastle are going to get the better of their rivals, they are going to need to put in a little bit more fight than in their recent Premier League fixtures.

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