Hodgson says neither team will be in relegation danger this season.
He said: “There is still room for experienced managers in football. We are experienced managers but we are also coaches as well.
“The way Rafa has turned Newcastle around is not just down to his managerial skills or his recruitment skills alone.
“I am sure it is also due to the fact he has worked hard with the players in training and tried to get them to understand his ideas on team play in the same way we have here.
“Experience can be an added bonus but it is not purely down to experience that they have done well.
“It is also down to them having a manager who works with the team and encourages them to play organised football, both when they have the ball and when they don't have it.
“That's where experience can be a help as you can maintain humility or don't get carried away or too despondent if a result doesn't go your way and you can hopefully see a bigger picture ahead.
“It is possible to win games even when the team is not doing very well or playing very well or you are getting a lot of luck on your side."