Kevin Keegan talked today about how he hopes that Sunderland are successful and stay in the Premier league.
Kevin Keegan – where he loves to be – on the training pitch
Kevin talked again about the important game tomorrow:
â€œI donâ€™t know how many players Sunderland have who will be playing in their first derby match, but I know I have got some and unless they really set themselves up right for it, you can get a shock in these games.â€
â€œThe intensity, what they mean and the atmosphere.” Whatever the atmosphere is in another game, it goes up 100% for these. But I have quite an experienced squad, so most of my players should know that.â€
If the truth be told the intense rivalry between Newcastle and Sunderland is needed every single season, so it makes sense to have Sunderland in the Premier League.
We have made no secret of the fact of the fact we hope Sunderland stay up in the Premier league. How else can we humiliate them twice each season? 😀
We’ve often said we’d wish Sunderland all kinds of success, as long as we beat them twice every season, and finish above them in the Premier League. But itâ€™s great to have both teams in the Premier League, and very good for the region, and there are no better fans anywhere than support these two teams, that’s for sure.
We donâ€™t class Middlesbrough in the same way, since their fans are hardly fanatics, they donâ€™t even bother turning up for most of their home games, and attendance has always been a problem at the Riverside stadium. Not so at St. Jamesâ€™ Park or the Stadium of Light, where both teams are supported big time by their fanatical supporters.
Kevin Keegan also knows that both sets of supporters would rather see each other in the Premier League as he explained:
â€œYou know, the one thing you desperately need in the area and deep down, the fans will admit it, you want all three clubs in this area in the Premier League so you have got these games.â€
â€œI know some people say, â€˜Iâ€™d like to see them go downâ€™, but these games are very special. We do not need a strong Sunderland, just one we can beat every week, but we need them in the division.â€
We actually think Sunderland will improve under Roy Keane, and we know Newcastle are going to improve. So we look for both teams to be higher in the league next season, and not have any relegation worries, but rather be fighting at the other end of the table.
That’s where we belong.