Sunderland Manager Michael Beale Supports Eddie Howe’s Performance at Newcastle, Acknowledges Pressure on Both Managers in FA Cup Wear-Tyne Derby

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Michael Beale suspects Eddie Howe may have achieved too much too soon at Newcastle – but insists there is pressure on both managers ahead of this weekend’s Wear-Tyne derby.

Howe has lost seven of his last eight and, while there is patience given the job he has done at St James’ Park, defeat at the Stadium of Light in the FA Cup third round would be unpalatable for many supporters.

New Sunderland boss Beale has sought to defend Howe and rejects the notion, put forward by fans of his Championship club, that all of the pressure will be on his opposite number come Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off.

‘Eddie is everything that is good about British coaching,’ said the former Rangers head coach. ‘He has done a good job to this moment. Sometimes you can overachieve a little bit early.

‘Only he will know the pressure that he is under. But it’s a derby, so I’m sure both of us will get it in the neck if we lose!

Michael Beale believes Eddie Howe is ahead of schedule at Newcastle 

Beale and his Sunderland side host Newcastle in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday

Beale and his Sunderland side host Newcastle in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday

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‘The two clubs are in completely different places to when the last derby was played (in 2016). We’ve been down to League One and are now the youngest team in the Championship, possibly in the country.

‘They’ll be favourites, but I don’t think I’ll get a free hit and I’m not looking at it that way. I’m looking at it as a great opportunity for my young players to go and show their potential to play at that level.

‘We’re trying to mature and grow and they’ve got big ambitions to play in the Premier League and Champions League. 

‘They’re playing against a group who have done that this year, what an opportunity. It’s a great game to be involved in.’

Beating Paris Saint-Germain in October was the high point of Newcastle's season so far

Beating Paris Saint-Germain in October was the high point of Newcastle’s season so far

The Magpies have lost seven of their last eight games in all competitions

The Magpies have lost seven of their last eight games in all competitions 

Howe is under pressure for the first time since the Newcastle takeover went through

Howe is under pressure for the first time since the Newcastle takeover went through

Beale watched Newcastle’s 4-2 defeat at Liverpool on New Year’s Day and noted the ease with which some of the home team’s goals were scored.

‘You do get caught up in things, watching Liverpool the other night you think, “We could do some of that”,’ he said. ‘And then forget you don’t have Mo Salah!’

This will be only Beale’s fifth game in charge of the Black Cats, but fans have left him in doubt as to the magnitude of it.

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‘I’ve arrived at the club after the draw was made, but you can feel the anticipation building,’ he said. ‘We are really going to feel it around the city in the next few days.

‘It’s the first derby in seven years – far too long – and it’s the beauty of the FA Cup that’s brought them together. 

‘It’s a fixture that captivates everyone in the North-East, but the whole nation is looking forward to this. It’s the tie of the round. We’re the fortunate ones to be involved in it.’

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