Former Newcastle manager Graeme Souness is now a Sky Sports pundit and he offers up a prediction for Sunday’s Sunderland-Newcastle derby game at the Stadium of Light.
Graeme was manager of Newcastle from September of 2004 when he replaced the sacked Sir Bobby Robson and lasted through February of 2006 when Glenn Roeder (then the Youth Academy Director) took over as interim manager before being given the job on a permanent basis.
Graeme Souness when manager of Newcastle
This is what Graeme has written about the game for Sky Sports:
“The two teams are not playing with a great deal of confidence, but after beating Norwich 6-2, Newcastle will think they have turned the corner.”
“For the first time this year, their supporters enjoyed their weekend and the players emerged with credit.”
“Sunderland failed to get the bounce from a new manager at West Brom last week and will be hoping it starts this weekend.”
“With all of that in mind, I might sit on the fence on this one and call it a draw between two nervous teams,”
Graeme is sitting on the fence with that one – but we suppose both teams would be happy enough with a draw – we both have so few points after nine games played – only nine points in total between us.
We hope we can get our second win in a row on Sunday and at the very least break Sunderland’s five game winning streak – which is embarrassing to us.