Date: 20th March 2017 at 2:40pm
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Football pundit Tony Cascarino has claimed in his column for The Times that Sunderland should follow the model put in place by Newcastle United and Aston Villa.

Former Aston Villa man Tony Cascarino offered a scathing assessment of Premier League strugglers Sunderland and urged them to follow the financial model of Newcastle and Aston Villa.

Cascarino claimed:

“Players such as Jermain Defoe and young goalkeeper Jordan Pickford will move on and I can’t see too much substance to make me think they will compete in the Championship — they would probably only be mid-table even with their current team.

“The likes of Newcastle and Aston Villa have financial backing and a model that means they rejuvenated their squads to compete.

“But Sunderland, with owner Ellis Short looking for a buyer for the club, have no financial muscle just as manager David Moyes has complained about this season.”

His claim was controversial because Aston Villa have been widely criticised for spending money and not competing this year.

The Villains sit in mid-table whilst Newcastle are league leaders as we approach the end of the season.

Newcastle and Villa fans – what do you make of these comments? Do you agree with what Cascarino is saying about your financial backing? Let us know in the comments below…