Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer believes that last season’s Tyne/Wear derby was the pivotal moment in two managers’ careers, as he told the Sun.
Shearer felt that despite already being up against it, Steve Bruce’s fate was on the wall after their home defeat to arch rivals Newcastle last season, and todays clash could well end with the same fate.
“Last season Newcastle went to the Stadium of Light in the second match of the season,”
“Newcastle won 1-0 and the Sunderland fans never forgave Brucey.
“I genuinely believe he was already up against it at Sunderland purely because he was a Geordie.
“But after losing that derby he won only another two games up until his sacking in December.
“Conversely, the result provided a massive boost for Alan Pardew as Newcastle went on a 10-game unbeaten run laying the foundations for a fifth-placed finish in the league.
“That is what a result in this game can do for either club.
“Let’s not forget this fixture also proved the final act for Ruud Gullit at Newcastle in 1999 when he decided to leave me on the bench until late on and we got beat 2-1 at home.”