London - Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce insists there is
more pressure on him than Newcastle United counterpart Steve McClaren as he
prepares his side for the Wear-Tyne derby at the Stadium of Light on Sunday.
Sunderland are mired at the bottom of the table on three
points after nine games and are the only team yet to win in the league this
season. The poor start cost Dick Advocaat his job with Allardyce replacing the
Dutchman on Oct. 9.
Newcastle, who also sit in the relegation zone, have
themselves struggled this season and picked up their first win of the campaign
in Sunday's 6-2 drubbing of Norwich.
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Allardyce, who is the only man to take charge of both teams,
will be hoping the recent trend of results between the sides continues as
Sunderland have won their last five games against the Magpies.
"No. I've got to look after the reputation of
Sunderland. The pressure's on me, more than it's on Steve. We've won the last
five, so I don't want to be the one who doesn't win it," Allardyce told
the Sunderland Echo.
"But we'll wait and see on the players; only the
players can make everyone smile next week. They just have to carry on what they
have done five times before.
"They have been struggling but won the last five games
against Newcastle. They don't need me to coach them this week. Let's hope for
the same again," he added.For
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