Souness discusses Premier League relegation battle, makes Middlesbrough and Hull predictions

Newcastle manager Graeme Souness

Graeme Souness has warning for Sunderland, West Bromwich Albion, Burnley and Watford.

Newcastle manager Graeme SounessGraeme Souness

Former Liverpool and Rangers midfielder Graeme Souness has predicted in The Sunday Times that Middlesbrough will not relegated from the Premier League at the end of the 2016-17 season.

Middlesbrough will feature in the Premier League this coming season after winning promotion from the Championship at the end of the 2015-16 campaign.

Former Newcastle United manager Souness has stated that Boro will not go back down to the second tier of English football.

The former Scotland international believes that Aitor Karanka’s side’s ability to defend and the signing of 30-year-old striker Alvaro Negredo on a season-long loan deal from Valencia in the summer transfer window should see them safe.

Graeme Souness - Newcastle United ManagerGraeme Souness

Souness, though, believes that Hull City will get relegated, and the Scotsman has also warned Watford, Sunderland, West Bromwich Albion and Burnley.

“Changing your manager on a regular basis goes against common sense,” Souness wrote in The Sunday Times. “It will come back and bite you, and might do so this year at Watford. If David Moyes doesn’t get better players in, Sunderland will face another struggle.

"West Brom could be relegation candidates because you must win your home games, and if supporters are not behind the kind of football they’re watching it spreads onto the pitch and has an adverse effect on the players.

“Burnley came up last time, didn’t spend anything and went straight back down again. That could happen again.

“Middlesbrough should be fine, they know how to defend and have brought in Alvaro Negredo in attack, but Hull won’t be.”

Graeme Souness - Newcastle United ManagerGraeme Souness

Hull will start the season as one of the main candidates to get relegated from the Premier League.

Sunderland will be in danger as well, although the presence of David Moyes as the manager should give the fans some hope.

West Brom, who are pretty much an also-ran in the Premier League, should be safe.

Newcastle manager Graeme Souness at the final whistle Graeme Souness

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