Sunderland are in real difficulties, and if they get nothing out of their game tonight at Manchester City, then it’s very much looking like they will be relegated, because with just five games to go, they will still be 7 points from safety, and they then travel to Chelsea on Saturday.
Gus Poyet – unable to save Sunderland
When Sunderland lost 5-1 at Tottenham nine days ago they looked a beaten side and a dispirited side too, but they played well against Everton over the weekend and were a little unlucky not to get at least a point.
Gus Poyet has been talking a lot to the press lately, and he mentions the crisis Newcastle are currently in.
Newcastle are in 9th place in the league, and the lowest we can finish is probably in 10th place, since with 4 games to go, we are 9 points ahead of 11th placed West Ham.
This is what Gus said:
“Go across the river and go to Newcastle – they are in an unbelievable situation in the table and there is a nightmare.” “Can we change over? Because that is a great problem to have, to be ninth?”
“Why? Because it’s that drive to get better all the time and to be always on top and it doesn’t matter how many games you have won in the past because you need to win the next.”
“That part of football, I love it because it’s the best way to do it, to try to get better all the time.”
“In terms of mentality for me, it’s perfect, the north-east. It’s always better if you finish ninth instead of 10th, and I am like that.”
Of course Newcastle are in a terrible slump and like Sunderland, we have lost our last four games, and in those games Sunderland have conceded 10 and scored 3 goals, whereas Newcastle have scored one and conceded 12.
So even our record – at least over the last four games – is worse than Sunderland’s, but we suppose there’s something to be upbeat about at Newcastle – and yes – we know that comes as a big shock to some Newcastle fans.
We’ll have a chance next season to do a lot better in the Premier League than we’ve done this season, with or without Alan Pardew as the manager.
And it’s looking like that may not be the case at Sunderland.
And the other good news – they will not beat us twice in the league next season.