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Sunderland Could Finish Two Places Below Newcastle

9:56 pm, Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 49 Comments

Sunderland won their fourth game in a row tonight with a 2-0 easy win against West Brom, with goals in the first half from Jack Colback and Fabio Borini and that’s 13 points for the Black Cats from their last five games.

Jack Colback

Jack Colback – scored a good first goal for Black Cats tonight

So they have gained 10 points on Newcastle in that run, and now find themselves in 14th place on 38 points, but only two points behind West Ham,  who are at Manchester City on Sunday.

City beat Aston Villa 4-0 at the Etihad tonight, even though Villa parked three buses in their penalty area tonight, they obviously thought two was being too attack minded – and now City only have to draw their home game against the Hammers on Sunday to win the Premier League for the second time in three years.

And with Sunderland playing at home to Swansea, a win in that game could see them on 41 points and they could get up to 12th place in the league table if the Hammers are beaten at the Etihad.

If Stoke manage a win at West Brom on Sunday then Newcastle will finish in 10th place, otherwise we will finish in 9th, although we should point out that a win will see us definitely in 9th place.

Thought I’d just mention that – only because it’s technically accurate – and not because there is a high likelihood we can win another game.

But after the season we’ve had, to think that Sunderland can finish just two places below Newcastle is just amazing, to say the least.

And Sunderland fans will be celebrating if they can get a 5th straight win in their last match of the season at the Stadium of Light – and there wasn’t much celebrating  last Saturday in our final home game of the season at St. James’ Park – even though we won. 🙁

And having Sunderland so close is another thing that’s certainly not good about our total and complete collapse this year.

Comments welcome.

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49 responses so far ↓

  • 1 santonthenewmaldini // May 7, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Thank god the season will end could have seen them overtake us if there was another couple of games ….

  • 2 Toon Tang // May 7, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    tads, haha could make for a very, very exciting final day of the season – a 14-0, a 17-0 and Mancity drawing at home to big sams very own brand of 18th? century football.

    …and cheers Ian Toon, though it was something along the lines of slipping over, that’s gunna haunt him for the rest of his days I’m sure.

  • 3 BuckLuck // May 7, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    If Colback has half a brain he would reject us and stay with the scum and actually play football, even if he was a newcastle fan. There’s not one player that should join us with this clown running the show(or lack of it).

    Future players: Stay away!

  • 4 Laurent Robert 32 // May 7, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Poyet really has worked a miracle there with a poor set of players bar two or three.

    They’re even passing and moving now. No surprise there though. Coaching.

  • 5 Ancientcoptic // May 7, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    A sure sign of things to come.

    How much worse are things going to get, when other teams invest this extra t.v money on players this summer – whilst we lose more players than we recruit.

    It is a relegation battle next season, with nothing to look forward to or hope for. Oh yes, not forgetting Adam Armstrong and Adam Campbell, who if do prove to be good players, will be picked up by one of the bigger clubs in the league.

    Well done to Sunderland, they have an ambitious owner who isn’t afraid to take risks.

  • 6 the truth will out // May 7, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    we just have a greedy fat git and an incompetent dinosaur

  • 7 toonicle // May 7, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    And Colback keeps looking better and better! Wouldn’t mind having him here at all.

  • 8 Big Pappa Cissé // May 7, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    Not to mention they were leading 1-0 in a cup final as well .

    Still a bunch of Sad Mackem Bas*ards 🙂 .

  • 9 the_besty_show // May 7, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    FFS man. So what?

  • 10 JackButler // May 7, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Two places below us and yet Pardew will scurry off back to Mike’s dungeon of the great gimp with his bonus cheque.

    I love this club but right now I’m sickened by how it’s being run

  • 11 toonarmydownsouth // May 7, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    They could Ed, they could also finish a hell of a lot higher than us next season if we don’t address some major major issues this summer

  • 12 The next Mike Williamson // May 7, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    they play good football
    i’d rather come 11th playing nice football
    than 9th playing 80s football

  • 13 Jail for Ashley // May 7, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    Just got back from me hols and Look North was full of cheesy chip eaters full of them selves, if Pardew thinks he can ever come out of that dug out if he manages to lose four in a row.
    What’s all this about the French resistance, we’d all be Vichy France if it was down to him and he’d be the first to shoot any protesters.

  • 14 scout // May 7, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Can’t finish above us end of story

  • 15 jordijohnty // May 7, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    check out the empty seats at citeh’s ground. And they are going for the title!

  • 16 manxpie // May 7, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    gus poyets ego will sky rocket now tho and isn’t that wat happened at brighton?

    he might have learnt from it but we’ll see

  • 17 Black and White with an army lol // May 7, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    players going out, none brought in, P45DUE still in charge, MA still here, I can see us in the top 8 the season after next season, yes that’s right guys CHAMPIONSHIP season.

    saying that I think I’m over ambitious at being in the top 8 better make that 15th 🙂

  • 18 Black and White with an army lol // May 7, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    is it true that Poyet is leaving Scumberland regardless what position they finish in?

    maybe MA has had talks with him to come here because lets face it MA wanted him here last season or was it the beginning of this season?

  • 19 Laurent Robert 32 // May 7, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    Jail, back from your cruise where wifi was £60 a day?

  • 20 manxpie // May 7, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    mieler shows he ain’t all sweet and lightness i see

  • 21 tino's furcoat // May 7, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    Scum staying up and got to Wembley? Anyone else jealous?

  • 22 RonVanDam // May 7, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    Those wanting Pardew out and Moyes can keep hoping. Pardew earns 1.5m per year. Moyes was on 4m at Everton. Do you think he will take a massive pay cut to come here while he’s still in demand?

    If we do get a new coach, it will be one which is out of contract and will accept MA’s Terms and Conditions and pay packet or a championship coach (Uwe Rösler looks promising right now)

  • 23 jimmysmith // May 8, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    That poll is an irritating oversimplification Ed.

    His boss is an asshole, and who better, and granted there are likely many, would work for Ashley as things stand anyway.

    Why just Pardew? Why not Ashley, Carver, Stone, half the back stabbing gutless first team and maybe even Carr while you’re about it – considering he recommended the likes of Luuk De Jong among other notable duds, Jesus.

  • 24 manxpie // May 8, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    ronvandam ya hav to include no new coaching team in that too

    and i seen today again someone saying de boer lol but this time with bergkamp as assistant!!!

    and these are the people who wan’t pardew gone the most!

    are they not aware that ashley is in charge and his record with managers??

  • 25 manxpie // May 8, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    jimmy don’t be silly a new manager will change everything from top to bottom!

    david o’leary will bring back the days of fantastic football and big money exciting signings and we will be top 4 again season on season infact challenging for the title!

  • 26 jimmysmith // May 8, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    Pardew claims he’ll be here next year. That is ripe isn’t it. He’s surely just saying if they want rid they’ll have to sack him and you’re talking about an owner who gave a verbal agreement to Shearer to continue as manager with the money to rebuild and then just never spoke to him again, til finally the greatest player in the history of the club came to his senses and realized it was a steaming pile of horseshit. Charming fellow.

  • 27 RonVanDam // May 8, 2014 at 12:53 AM


    MA should know by now that having a mediocre coach will only yield mediocre results. If we do go after De Boer that thats a step in the right direct as we are going after a coaching team with a winning mentality and have been winners in their playing careers and coaching and could help improve our academy. De Boer recently mentioned in his that he would like to manage Newcastle and referred to us as a “sleeping giant” so at this point who knows. If MA is indeed a gambling man, he should take a chance with him

  • 28 manxpie // May 8, 2014 at 1:00 AM

    ronvandam have ya got a link to that de boer statement mate?

    ashley only has interests in the numbers and unfortunately its not prem placings or squad size his gambling is solely based on spending the least amount as possible and seeing where we end up

    are you from holland btw?

  • 29 beermonkey // May 8, 2014 at 1:05 AM

    idont expect pardew quit
    there are not many managers that would quit if they didn’t think they were up to the job the only one I can of was the little dancing bloke that was at palace before pulis cant think of his name

  • 30 manxpie // May 8, 2014 at 1:09 AM

    beermonkey ian hollaway but tbf he was probably on peanuts at that time even less than pards

  • 31 RonVanDam // May 8, 2014 at 1:21 AM


    Its in the 7th paragraph

  • 32 Mister Tuff // May 8, 2014 at 1:36 AM

    manx -I posted about de Boer last week -you need to keep up to speed with Toon related information.

  • 33 manxpie // May 8, 2014 at 1:55 AM

    vandam cheers but really he only mentioned us in selling himself to spurs

    but the thing is ashley would never hire him even if he was on the cheap because he’d have to trust him personally

    i missed that tuff at least mine was only a week tho 🙂

  • 34 Mister Tuff // May 8, 2014 at 1:58 AM

    manx -de Boers’ remark was interesting but probably we will not see someone of his class at SJP for many years.

  • 35 manxpie // May 8, 2014 at 2:07 AM

    tuff aye well atleast till ashley has gone i just found it funny that pardews harshest critics actually think de boer was an option lol

    it does seem tho over the years that many players,people n managers seem to use nufc for that reason which is annoying!

  • 36 Blofal // May 8, 2014 at 3:08 AM

    De Boer is my preference. Would make a lot of sense for Ashley since the Ajax academy is so renown and Ashley clearly is trying to develop our Academy in that light.

  • 37 RonVanDam // May 8, 2014 at 3:53 AM


    Since the season comes to a close this weekend, who has been your standout player(s) for newcastle this season?

  • 38 Go toon gooooo // May 8, 2014 at 5:55 AM

    Roberto Martinez saved Wigan Athletic in a similar way and next season they were relegated.We will see next season.But first BRASIL 2014.

  • 39 Jail for Ashley // May 8, 2014 at 6:30 AM

    60 quid for four hours mate, I used 3G when we were in port and cafes when possible, hard to do some decent blogging on holiday, last one I go on.

  • 40 one Tony Green // May 8, 2014 at 6:42 AM

    I thought this was a NUFC site not a SMB appreciation site Ed. I know news now insist you have to submit 5 articles a day to use their service but any self respecting Mag does not give a shit about SMB.

  • 41 Jail for Ashley // May 8, 2014 at 6:59 AM

    I think he’s just emphasising how alsrming our slump has been that that shower have came so close.

  • 42 lesh // May 8, 2014 at 7:35 AM


    Getting De Boer would make a lot of sense for Ashley since the Ajax academy is so renown and Ashley clearly is trying to develop our Academy in that light?

    If Ashley behaved like a forward-thinking and ambitious owner, your suggestion might make a lot of sense.

    But, where it fails is that Ashley’s track record so far suggests otherwise!

  • 43 Jail for Ashley // May 8, 2014 at 7:42 AM

    We’d love one of these forward thinking young coaches who can work on a budget but they’d want assurances before singing up, Mashers has learnt the hard way with KK that giving a principled manager a set of promises and then doing the polar opposite doesn’t work out too well, the only way his plan works is by having a snivelling Patsy like Pardew carrying out the dirty work. Even in Pardews case we now know that under the guidelines they’ve both agreed on that the fifth place finish was a one off, if it hadn’t have been for that season Pardew would have been hiding in his dug out a lot sooner than now.

  • 44 Marty-Toon // May 8, 2014 at 7:44 AM

    Anyone else take the NUST questionnaire?
    I wonder how many can come together and seriously throw in 500 quid.
    Can we buy the club or buy a stake in it?
    Could we deliver what the fans want if we take over the club or would it be left in huge debt after a few years?

  • 45 Jail for Ashley // May 8, 2014 at 7:50 AM

    I take it you’ve joined up then, I wonder how many key board warriors have on here.

  • 46 Shot Bru // May 8, 2014 at 8:13 AM

    Oscar Garcia of Brighton and former Barca player would be a realistic target for Ashley if he was gonna sack Pardew

    He wouldn’t cost the earth and would introduce a more entertaining style of football working on a budget…

  • 47 Jail for Ashley // May 8, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    Shot Bru,
    It is not lost on the rest of the footballing world the way Pardew has been treat yet still manages to tow the line, Mrs Doubtfire dedicated a win to his chairman after he bought him two strikers, Pardew done the same after being sh@t on after two barren windows, any manager coming in will know the circus we have become, people were willing to work under Shepherd and his trigger happy finger because they knew they’d have money to spend, footballers operate in tight circles they will all know what Mike Ashley is about.

  • 48 Rotonda heights // May 8, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    What Poyet has done is quite remarkable.
    8 points adrift when he arrived with a c–p squad he gets them playing football, reaches a final, a quarter final and still has time to escape relegation ! Could you imagine Pardew pulling that off.

    The muppets (they know who they are) who trashed Poyet and Martinez should be feeling pretty stupid now.

    Couldn’t imagine them calling Pellegrini, a manager on another planet to the glazier, a f—–g c—t and head butting a player either.
    Pardew and Ashley = zero class.

  • 49 Shot Bru // May 8, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    True Jail for Ashley…that’s why I mentioned Oscar…

    Remember we are an attractive club to manage and especially for a coach looking for a way into the EPL…

    Bit of a risk but a great stepping stone for someone like Garcia…It’ would be a tempting offer for many coaches to manage NUFC…

    The bottom line is Ashley needs to sell up..

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