Newcastle and Sunderland Both Need Success

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:

“I don’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.”

“The 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.”

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 it’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 don’t class Middlesbrough in the same way, since their fans are hardly fanatics, they don’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. James’ 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:

“You 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.”

“I know some people say, ‘I’d like to see them go down’, 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.”

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.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Cyprus Mag

    Apr 19, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #1

    Whatever relative success Sunderland manage eg 7th under monkeyheed, we know and they know it isn’t sustainable, they will eventually be relegated again and the unwashed will be booing them as usual.
    On the other hand Newcastle, while they have been inconsistent due to under-performing managers, everyone recognizes that long term we can and will be a force in the land. Tough Mackems, that’s just the way it is.

  • Bill F

    Apr 19, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #2

    Sunderland only need to stay in the premier league. We, need success i.e silverware.

    Boro are in Yorkshire so cares about them.

  • Leo

    Apr 19, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #3

    yeah ma mate who is a boro fan, when they are ahead of us he goes on like that they are the number 1 north east team, but now when we are ahead of them, he admits they are yorkshire haha…

    so funny

  • Hadrian

    Apr 19, 2008 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #4

    owen had a shitter then . or is that an old photo?

  • Hadrian

    Apr 19, 2008 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #5

    ohh , and i dont agree with kev , i like my derbys , but its also just as good to was sunderland go down and suffer ! .

  • ruud gullit greatest ever manager?(2-1)hahaha

    Apr 19, 2008 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #6

    most passionate fanatical supporters in the northeast in order of the best first,

    1. Sunderland ( no recent success still big crowds, yoyo team still big crowds)
    4.Barcodes newcastle utd (what crowds were you getting in the late 80s early 90s? 2 thousand)

  • ruud gullit greatest ever manager?(2-1)hahaha

    Apr 19, 2008 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #7

    sunderland are bigger than newcastle- we are trying to compete with man utd,liverpool,arsenal,chelsea not newcastle you have won nothing like us so why compete with you as we already are


    Apr 19, 2008 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #8

    Christ Lad are you still bleating on about that 14,000 san siro 03 need i say more

  • Reb

    Apr 19, 2008 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #9

    Hadrian — I think that’s an old picture. The training pics on the club website show Owen without the yellow t-shirt. In fact, none of them show who was wearing the t-shirt this week. Be interesting to know who got it.


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