Scott Parker was a player who got mixed reviews when at Newcastle United.

His determination and bravery in a tackle were unquestioned but his tendency to go around in endless circles when in possession, made even Cheick Tiote look direct on a bad day.

As a guest on Sky Sports, Scott Parker has shown similar limited ambition in his punditry when discussing the relegation question.

The former Newcastle midfielder thinks that Norwich City ‘are in a bit of bother’, something which must come as a massive shock to the Norwich supporters when their team is second bottom with only 11 days to go to the end of the season.

Scott Parker also trots out the line about Sam Allardyce having been there before and knowing how to get teams out of relegation trouble…

Well he has been on Wearside over six months now and has managed to get them from 19th up to 18th in the table in that time, so you could say he has been kind of a success but they are still in the relegation zone with a week and a half of the season to go.

Sunderland might well stay up but it will only be because Newcastle firstly appointed Steve McClaren and then didn’t sack him earlier.

Jamie Carragher agrees with Scott Parker about favouring Sunderland and points to the late Defoe penalty rescuing a point at Stoke.

From a Newcastle point of view I prefer to look at the very unlikely points we collected against both Manchester City and Liverpool after falling one and two goals behind respectively.

Once again, if Newcastle are relegated then it will be down to what happened in the first 28 matches of the season, rather than anything that happens in the 10 under Rafa Benitez.

Scott Parker:

“If  I am honest I think Norwich are in a bit of bother…

“Sam Allardyce is a man who knows what this is all about and he has got teams out of bother before.

“It is though in Sunderland’s hands and if there is one team you would want to be it is Sunderland because it’s in their hands.

“I still think I would want to be Sunderland (despite expecting Newcastle to beat Villa) – I can see Sunderland picking up some results.”

Jamie Carragher:

“I still would side with Sunderland, just. I think if Sunderland get five points it will be enough. Newcastle will beat Villa, I think it’s a big ask to beat Tottenham.

“I think that vital point at Stoke made a difference. Two draws and a win will be enough for Sunderland, I think.”