As the Premier League season draws to an end there is a real chance that the Premier League could lose both North-East clubs come the end of the season.
Newcastle United and Sunderland both look in dire trouble in the Premier League relegation zone and one of them, if not both, are likely to drop down to the second-tier.
Former Newcastle United boss Graeme Souness suggested this week that the pressure from home fans is not helping either club in their bid to survival in an interview with Sky Sports, as reported by The Chronicle.
Big Sam had this to say:
“Since I’ve arrived they have been exceptionally good.
“I think they have been in this situation so many times now that they know if they show too much criticism it sets a bit of fear into the players.
“Whereas I have experience, like Graeme, down the road (at Newcastle). That is a factor that the fans can make the players fear playing on their own ground.
“I experienced that in my short time (there) and many of the managers have done that.
“From my point of view at Sunderland they have been very supportive up to now because of the way we’ve been playing and the effort we’ve been putting in.”
Allardyce clearly feels this might be a problem at Newcastle, but not at the Stadium of Light.
The Sunderland boss spent seven months as manager at Newcastle before getting the chop in January 2008 in what was a tumultuous spell on Tyneside. Souness also spent two years as Newcastle United boss.
Now he is clearly happier with the way in which Sunderland fans are backing his players when compared to his time at St James’.