Former Sunderland assistant boss Steve Cotterill says Sheffield Wednesday are ‘the biggest’ club in League One though said it was nip and tuck with the Black Cats.

Cotterill currently manages Shrewsbury Town who sit in the 21st spot in the division, and his side play Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday with a need to pick up points to move away from the relegation zone.

Ahead of Shrewsbury’s trip to Hillsborough, Cotterill described the Owls as the biggest club in League One.

Cotterill told YorkshireLive: "Sheffield Wednesday are a huge club, arguably the biggest in the division, those and Sunderland are nip and tuck.”

Cotterill was Howard Wilkinson’s assistant at Sunderland in 2003. The pair took over from Peter Reid, who was sacked, and they were tasked with keeping Sunderland in the top division.

However, they steered the club to only two wins in 27 games, leaving the Black Cats seven points adrift at the bottom of the table when they in turn were sacked.

With only nine games left to turn things around, Mick McCarthy took over, but Sunderland were relegated, having registered just 19 points.

Comparing the two clubs, Sunderland’s Stadium of Light has a capacity of 49,000. The team have won the FA Cup twice, the League Cup twice, and the top division six times, albeit the last time was in 1936.

Sheffield Wednesday play at the 34,000-capacity Hillsborough, have won the FA Cup three times, the League Cup once, and the top division four times, most recently in 1930.

Sunderland also have a higher attendance by several thousand in recent seasons.

Sheffield Wednesday currently sit 12th in table, while Sunderland hold the top spot.