Kevin Keegan knows all about what the Tyne-Wear derbies mean to both sets of supporters.
Kevin Keegan – biggest game of the year
Keegan talked top the Newcastle Journal this morning
â€œThis is our biggest game of the year,â€ â€œIt is at home and it is against Sunderland. It is bigger than Man United, bigger than Chelsea, bigger than all of them.â€â€œThis is the big thing to get over to these players. Not to get them up-tight because you have to go out and play, but these games are different, these games are special.â€
â€œThere is something very special about this game. Derbies are special wherever you play, but this one is as big as any out there. I think, having played here and lived in the area, I know I was born in Yorkshire, but I understand more than most what they mean compared to people who have just come up here.â€
â€œThe most important thing we have to get through to the players is that, regardless of where we are in the division, regardless of which team is in the best form, this is a game we have to win.â€
Kevin will certainly have his players ready for the game tomorrow, and both teams have had all week to prepare for this game. So once the game gets under way the atmosphere will be red hot.
We’ll have another chance to see just how good this new Newcastle side is under Keegan. But anything but all 3 points will be a disappointment to the Newcastle faithful. A win will allow us to get closer to the teams above us, which is exactly how we want to finish the season, on a winning streak.
Then everything will be finely posed for the summer transfer season, which promises to be really exciting this time around.