Simon Jordan sends Eddie Howe warning ahead of Sunderland vs Newcastle United

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Eddie Howe is desperately in search of a Newcastle United victory ahead of the Tyne-Wear derby against Sunderland

Simon Jordan has suggested Eddie Howe will be cursing his luck at having to manage a Tyne-Wear derby.

Despite being the overwhelming bookmakers’ favourites, there is a sense of anxiety among Newcastle United fans ahead of their anticipated clash against Sunderland. Seven defeats in eight has halted the Magpies’ campaign, with the Magpies sliding to ninth in the Premier League and dropping out of two competitions.

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Combine that with no derby win in 12 years and it is easy to understand why Newcastle fans feel apprehensive before facing their bitter rivals. Sunderland also head into the clash unbeaten from their previous three outings.

Speaking to talkSPORT, former Crystal Palace owner Jordan believes Howe would have preferred not to face the Black Cats given the possible consequences should he lose. The 56-year-old referenced recent reports linking Newcastle with Girona manager Michel Sanchez.

“They’re not bad, Sunderland,” Jordan said when assessing their chances. “I was impressed with their front three (against Hull City). I was impressed with the setup and how structured they were because they shut Hull down.

“It’s not the kind of game I suspect Eddie Howe wants to deal with given the fact there is noise beginning to brew. People are starting to suggest the manager of Girona is potentially on Newcastle’s list.

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“All of a sudden, they’re looking in that direction. It’s a game Newcastle should win, let’s have it right.”

Ex-Arsenal defender Martin Keown backed the Magpies to win, highlighting the “gulf in class” between Championship clubs and the top flight. He responded: “There should be a gulf in class. These (Sunderland) are only sixth in the Championship and you look at the teams that came up.

“Burnley, Sheffield United, Luton, they have 12 wins between them. Newcastle should be far too good.”

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