Mills believes that Newcastle left it too late to appoint Rafael Benitez as the manager. The former Norwich City and Manchester City right-back has also predicted Sunderland to retain their Premier League status for next season.
Aston Villa have already been relegated to the Championship, while Norwich are in the bottom three at the moment along with Sunderland.
"With hindsight, I’m sure the Newcastle owners wish they had replaced Steve McClaren a month earlier because Rafa Benitez has really turned things around and is getting results,” Mills told Sportlobster. “Sadly for them Premier League safety still isn’t in their hands and might not be after Norwich and Sunderland play their games in hand. I fancy Sunderland to get out of it.”
“Sunderland’s intensity will cause Chelsea problems,” added the former England international. “Then they have very winnable games against Everton and Watford. Combined with a safety net of superior goal difference I think the Black Cats will stay up.”
Both Sunderland and Norwich have a game in hand, and that will be key for them in the relegation run-in.
However, it is not guaranteed that the Black Cats and the Canaries will win their respective match in hand.
Newcastle have picked up some good form of late, and the Magpies should remain optimistic of staving off relegation.
Sunderland will take on Chelsea at the Stadium of Light in the Premier League this afternoon, while Newcastle will face Villa away from home at Villa Park.