Never shy of giving his opinion, Harry Redknapp has given his verdict on Newcastle United and Sunderland’s chances of surviving this season.

Unsurprisingly, Redknapp thinks Sunderland employing his old mate Sam Allardyce is a great bit of business.

As well as the new manager, Harry Redknapp has talked of the great support for the club and believes that Allardyce will sort out the defence, which is the only one to concede more goals (18) than Newcastle (17) in the Premier League.

Though he thinks Sunderland don’t have the best group of players, Redknapp thinks that in Defoe, Fletcher and Borini they have strikers who can ‘make a big difference’.

As for Newcastle…Harry Redknapp says that United might be in ‘more trouble than Sunderland’.

The out of work manager saying that he thinks the players who Steve McClaren inherited are poor, with the ones he has been given this summer not helping the situation.

Once again though Redknapp is in praise of another English manager, claiming that McClaren is better than some of the managers at the top of the Premier League.

Say one thing for the Newcastle Head Coach, he might not have won any Premier League matches at United but he does seem to have no shortage of friends in the media and football in general.

Speaking to The Telegraph this is some of what Harry Redknapp had to say about the north east ‘big two’.


“Although it is possibly his toughest challenge yet, I think Sam Allardyce will keep them up.

“I have also been critical of the players there and I do think they have bought badly, which is why Dick Advocaat left so quickly, but when you look at their squad, they have players who have been in trouble before and got out of it. They have got Steven Fletcher, Fabio Borini and Jermain Defoe up front and that can make a big difference. “

First choice:

“He was their first choice for a reason, he is the best man for the job. Sunderland are a good club. We forget that sometimes because they always seem to be in relegation trouble, but the support up there is fantastic and Sam knows that.

“He will get them going and he will sort out the defence, which seems to have been the main weakness so far.”

Newcastle United:

“When I look at the North East teams, I think Newcastle might be in more trouble than Sunderland.

“Steve McClaren is a good manager, probably better than some of the managers at the top of the division, but he has not got the players at Newcastle.”

The Newcastle players:

“He has got some poor ones and it does not look like they have helped him much in the summer with the ones they signed.

“And guess who Big Sam’s first home game at Sunderland is against? That’s right, Newcastle. That’s going to be massive for both clubs.”