The Newcastle and Sunderland derby has always reminded us a little of the Rangers-Celtic derby games – two massive clubs with some of the most passionate supporters in England, and the two sides will meet tomorrow afternoon at St. James’ Park.
Paolo Di Canio – we can catch Newcastle
It was building up to be a relegation 6 pointer, but with Newcastle’s last minute win last Sunday against Fulham last Sunday, Newcastle are 5 points ahead of Sunderland, and a win will take us well clear of our local rivals.
Di Canio talked a lot about Newcastle in his press conference on Friday:
“We can you overtake Newcastle,’ `Not now, but in the future? Yes. Absolutely, yes.” ‘The plan is amazing. But first we have to make sure we stay up. If we do, it will not happen in a week or a month, it will be one or two seasons.”
“Newcastle is a massive club, we know that, but Sunderland is a massive club. The problem is that this massive club has not been used in the right way, with the same value. You know what I mean?”
‘There are 40-50,000 followers every game. The facilities are amazing. It is not just a big club, it is an amazing club and a big name that has only then spent £1million on players, no. This club has spent big money to build the team too and it is not acceptable for the club to have been where it is for the last two years.”
‘If we stay up this year, it will be close no matter what happens and that is not acceptable in my opinion. But with the right organisation and plan and policy in the future, if we stay up, these things will change to give us a chance. We want to fight for something other than just avoiding relegation.”
‘It is very famous the way people in this area follow their club. Sunderland fans are amazing and that has made me and my staff feel even more responsibility. The luck for this club is that this manager has inner motivation, not outward motivation.”
‘I feel that responsibility, but I don’t feel pressure. I work so hard, my character doesn’t let me feel pressure because I’m not worried.” ‘It’s not just about trying, or hoping in your life. It is about doing things. If it doesn’t work, people say ‘Di Canio is a donkey – bye-bye’. But I’m sure that Di Canio is a stallion. And I will deliver.”
A win would be a great result for Newcastle tomorrow, and a loss would be unbearable – that just about sums it up,
A defeat for Sunderland could plunge them further into relegation trouble – but we want them to stay in the Premier League – it’s great for the region to have two of the best supported clubs in England in the Premier League.
And it’s good to be able to beat Sunderland twice each season – very good. 😀
Alan Pardew says that Sunderland have to be the slight favorites after our lads played on Thursday night, but we do hope the game is played in a good spirit and both sets of fans behave themselves, in what will be a white-hot atmosphere at St, Jame’s Park on Sunday.
Howay The Lads!!
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