Alan Pardew believes the next Sunderland manager will be a “lucky man”.
Pardew will face the fourth different Black Cats manager when the Tyne-Wear rivals come up against each other in October, which is remarkable considering the Newcastle manager has only been in his own job for under four years.
Although Pardew acknowledges he is not a popular man on Wearside, he still believes Sunderland are a “great club” and will happily welcome the next incumbent to a region he believes is one of the best in football. Pardew said: “He will be a lucky person because the warmth of the place binds you to the club.
“I have been a guest at Sunderland as a manager and treated very well, though not quite as well by their fans!
“That is the rivalry there is between two massive clubs.
“They are going to collide in three or four weeks and the new manager will have a springboard to his career if he wins or the opposite.
This will be my fourth manager I have played against and I have only been here three and a half years.
“I am not gloating in any shape of form by the way. I am just saying it is a fact t’s a tough job up here for Sunderland and Newcastle - but if the new manager can get that place moving, it’s a great club.”
Pardew ducked out of offering any opinion on the circumstances of Paolo Di Canio’s departure, which have come after a massive player rebellion against his hard-line rule.
He added: “I’m not going to throw any criticism at Paolo. He entered it with good faith, he did an honest job and he did what he thought was right. I’m sad to see him.”