Sunderland and Newcastle take step into unknown

Newcastle's Alan Pardew
Newcastle's Alan Pardew

ALAN Pardew and Steve Bruce will both take a step into the unknown at the Stadium of Light tomorrow.

That’s the verdict of Pardew ahead of the early-season derby on Wearside.

Both managers have rebuilt their teams to differing extents over the summer.

While Pardew’s rebuilding is far from over – the club are yet to sign a striker and left-back – a new ethos is taking shape in the wake of the departures of influential figures like Kevin Nolan and Jose Enriuqe.

Newcastle and Sunderland drew their opening day games – against Arsenal and Liverpool respectively – and Pardew says fans on Tyneside and Wearside are yet to see what their teams are made of this season.

“It’ll be interesting for me and Steve Bruce, because we both have new teams,” Pardew told SportMail.

“We both as yet don’t know how good they are. Neither of us has any form.

“We’ve only had pre-season friendlies and one Premier League game, in which we both got a draw.

“You can’t say we’re entering it in bad form, and I looked through their game against Liverpool, and Liverpool didn’t look right.

“Sunderland didn’t look right, and us or Arsenal didn’t look right either.

“That’s where we all are until it all settles down.”