Former Derby County and Southampton defender Danny Higginbotham has explained in The Independent why Newcastle United are not as well equipped as Sunderland or Norwich City to get promoted from the Championship.
Newcastle, Sunderland and Norwich are all in danger of getting relegated from the Premier League at the end of the season.
With Aston Villa having already gone down, two more clubs from the English top flight will join them in the Championship next season.
“Norwich or Sunderland, then, could do well in the Championship if they go down,” the former Manchester United defender wrote in The Independent. “But compare those two with Newcastle United, who have less Championship know-how on the pitch and in the dug-out.
“They have an unbalanced squad, short of leadership, experience and defensive stability. It took my old Southampton side seven years to get back into the Premier League. Newcastle could find it just as hard.”
Norwich got promoted from the Championship to the Premier League at the end of last season.
The current Canaries’ squad is not strong enough to retain their English top-flight status, but Alex Neil’s side would do well in the Championship.
Both Sunderland and Newcastle have been regulars in the Premier League for years, and they would need to sign Championship-proven players in the summer transfer window if they find themselves in the second tier of English football next season.