Tables Have Turned Dramatically At Newcastle And Sunderland


We were relegated from the Premier League when Sunderland hammered Everton 3-0 rather easily on May 11th at the Stadium of Light and that was it – even Rafa Benitez couldn’t save us after the woeful Steve McClaren had dug a hole too deep to get out of.

Steve McClaren got just 24 points from 28 games and although Rafa got 13 points in the remaining 10 games and 12 of those points in the final 6 games – even if he couldn’t save us.

And Sunderland fans certainly rubbed it in just as much as they could – in every way imaginable – and proved the adage that Newcastle and Sunderland fans have one thing in common – they are both obsessed with Newcastle.

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Rafa Benitez – Newcastle’s world-class manager

In less than 6 months Newcastle are top of the Championship – clear by 3 points – and have won 13 of our  last 15 games after surprisingly losing the first two.

Our goal difference of +19 is the best in the football league and we have 10 clean sheets in 17 games.

As a contrast, Sunderland have yet to win in the Premier League and have only two draws after 9 games.

They are fighting relegation for the umpteenth time in a row and maybe this season they will finally take the drop they have avoided so many times in the recent past.

Former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore has a great article out in the Mirror today (we have a link to it at the bottom ) and he has brilliantly reviewed the current ironic situation.

Here’s some of what Stan has said in the his column in the Mirror;

“Newcastle took their medicine and now look invigorated, hungry and bound for promotion. Little wonder no-one on Wearside is laughing at Newcastle now.”

“In Rafa Benitez Newcastle have a manager who has taken control of their destiny in a way Sunderland can only dream about.”

“Rafa loves control and in Mike Ashley and Newcastle he’s found the perfect combination – a club and owner desperate to be led out of the wilderness.”

“Having won the Champions League with Liverpool and just managed Real Madrid, Benitez offered a powerful argument of why Ashley should break with tradition and give him the working conditions he demanded.”

“Rafa knew only at a place desperate for success like Newcastle could he get the kind of control a top six Premier league club just wouldn’t sanction.”

“Now he’s revelling in that autonomy – and with his team on top of the Championship and facing an EFL Cup quarter-final at Hull, no wonder there’s a buzz on Tyneside.”

“Summer signings Dwight Gayle, Matt Ritchie, Ciaran Clark and Grant Hanley have all been early successes – especially Gayle who has scored 11 in 13 games so far.”

“But Newcastle need a lot more quality than they’ve got if they want to make a splash when they get back in the Premier League.”

“But Rafa will have a plan for that and his first priority is to manage the crazy Championship schedule which he appears to be doing just nicely.”

“A few miles down the road and the contrast couldn’t be more stark.”

“Moyes looks a beaten man already and listening to him he sounds like he’s not had his finger on the pulse of today’s football for a while.”

“But whatever it is he sounds like, he’s out of today’s football loop and needs a refresher course in management to remind him of what he was and where he came from.”

“During the summer Rafa went into Newcastle and swept away the stench of failure with a cleverly executed shake-down.”

“But Moyes is still carrying deadwood, has-been players and right now you can’t see it turning around.”

“Newcastle finally look to have got it right Sunderland are a million miles away.”

Here’s a link to Stan’s full article in the Mirror – it’s very long and worth a read.

Maybe a chance for Sunderland is to get big Sam Allardyce in again to try to save them – he did simply great for the Black Cats last season – but maybe it’s a long shot this time around?

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29 comments so far

  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 27, 2016 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #1

    And the answer is…………………………

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  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 27, 2016 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #2

    Ashley Cole.

    Ha ha ha

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  • WWSBRD

    Oct 27, 2016 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #3

    Why is Ashley Cole a funny answer for Ronaldo to give?

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  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 27, 2016 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #4

    WWSBRD

    Ronaldo has said Cole was his toughest ever opponent, really?

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  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Oct 27, 2016 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #5

    The club is putting sides out on the pitch that will give the crowd something to cheer about, and when they do it’s like having the extra man.

    The opposite of course is also true, and has more often than not been the case, thus we have the notorious “heavy shirt” of Newcastle.

    Rafa and his new broom have done the trick, but it can only continue if Ashley can find the money to keep him on board.

    He tends to stay on for two to three seasons, but he will know he can do something special here long term. We can only hope the owner sees it too.

    Where is the owner by the way? He should be in the ground at every home game so his nervous system can recognise exactly what the possibilities are.

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  • WWSBRD

    Oct 27, 2016 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #6

    firebug
    From previous
    Aye mate Id much rather be us rather than them right now though who knows maybe relegation would do them the world of good but I reckon a change of owner would be better for them, Ive seen the odd bits on their finances that TrueFaith has put out and its not pretty

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  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 27, 2016 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #7

    Ronaldo has been up against the most toughest players in the world much tougher than Ashley Cole that’s why i find that a little bit bizarre.

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  • WWSBRD

    Oct 27, 2016 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #8

    Ashley Cole was a world class LB

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  • cyprus

    Oct 27, 2016 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #9

    Stan is very good at his current job, was erratic in his previous one. May have been moved on by Rafa if he had played for him 🙂

    Anyway, he was capable. And he puts out some good points. Is this Moyes last job? The guy is slipping fast.

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  • JamesToon

    Oct 27, 2016 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #10

    Jimmy, im just gonna say it now, providing he does well in the prem, i cant see rafa staying longer than 3 years, especially if a job like Spain came up. If he gets us a trophy, and gets a top 7/8 finish within 3 years, i’d like to think he would stay on longer term to consoldiate us as a top club (thats if we do get there) but say we achieved those two objectives, that could be his work done and his legacy imprinted in our club for years to come. Do you not think?

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  • JamesToon

    Oct 27, 2016 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #11

    Jesus i hate thinking about rafa leaving, just so attached to him hahaha, and the players absolutely love our squad atm

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  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 27, 2016 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #12

    I know he was world class, but he’s not the toughest.

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  • WWSBRD

    Oct 27, 2016 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #13

    welsh
    I think the question means hardest to play against rather than physically toughest mate

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  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 27, 2016 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #14

    JamesToon

    I thought about it a month ago, Newcastle have raised the bar so high with Benitez if he did go in the future then we couldn’t go back to the likes of our previous managers, I don’t think he go, he loves the fans, stadium and the city he would be mad to leave.

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  • WWSBRD

    Oct 27, 2016 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #15

    JamesToon
    I reckon if things go well and its working Rafa will be with us for a long time, not much reason for him to leave if thats the case

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  • firebug666

    Oct 27, 2016 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #16

    Let’s face it, if Rafa get’s what he want’s from the club, if he gives us success and a trophy, what possible reason would there be for him to leave.

    A better job offer maybe, but I think he has his plan, He knows what he want’s and I think he can get all of that right here with Newcastle.

    He is only just into his new three year contract, and has a long way to go before we start worrying about him leaving.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 27, 2016 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #17

    Talking about Rafa leaving, why not talk about my dog being run over, I haven’t got a dog yet but what happens if I get one and he runs out of the front garden?

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  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Oct 27, 2016 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #18

    James, I think Ashley needs to continue to give Rafa the autonomy and backing to keep the club moving forward and then we might hold onto him longer term.

    This current success is impressive, in that he has changed the club so radically and to such immediate effect. Each subsequent success will likely need to be harder won, but we now seem to have everything in place to realistically go after it. It’s on.

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  • WWSBRD

    Oct 27, 2016 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #19

    Personally I dont think Rafa signs up to a club without him thinking said club can take aim at the title and if he took on NUFC he knows that’ll take time so no I dont think he will be eyeing up moving on

    In fact I think he will sign a contract extension when we are back in the PL

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  • Tsunki

    Oct 27, 2016 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #20

    it’s good that young collymore has made a go of punditry as a career. Beats having to find a spot with no puddles in a dark lay by.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Oct 27, 2016 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #21

    Ashley Cole was a top class fullback when in his prime. Great going forward and solid defensively.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 27, 2016 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #22

    WWSBRD

    Perhaps you are right about Cole.

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  • firebug666

    Oct 27, 2016 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #23

    beer

    If you are still about I have sent an email to Ed, so we shall see, anyway if he agrees as I emailed him you can have the first story. 😀

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  • beermonkey

    Oct 27, 2016 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #24

    firebug

    thanks
    i wouldnt know where to start

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  • firebug666

    Oct 27, 2016 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #25

    beer

    Dear Ed: LMAO!

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  • firebug666

    Oct 27, 2016 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #26

    Anyway, time I was off to bed, Just wanna say thanks lads it’s been a great blog tonight, enjoyed every minute, have a good night all.

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  • Munster Mag

    Oct 27, 2016 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #27

    I reckon Rafa will stay for ages and Newcastle will be his second last club before retiring with a club in Spain. If Sam comes back he will save Sunderland again. He is a very powerful influential man. And a total tool.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 28, 2016 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #28

    OK here’s my audition article.

    Once upon a time there was an evil ogre who had lots of money who came upon a shepherd who had lost his way.

    Oh woe cried the shepherd, my flock no longer follow me, if only some one would give me a load of money to buy my fertile pastures.

    The ogre thought what a wonderful idea and gave the shepherd loads of money and was a little confused as he ran off into the night cackling manically.

    Now he thought the best way to manage my sheep is to buy a young virile buck let it spread a bit of it’s seed and then sell it for a massive profit.

    Using a succession of new sheepherders this plan had limited success as non of them really knew what they were doing.

    This made the Ogre very angry and the sheep very upset, as his great plans slowly fell apart, and his flock began to look second rate.

    In desperation the Ogre sought out a famous shepherd to try and save his flock and after a disheartening set back he began to succeed.

    The ogre was so happy with this he allowed the great Shephard freedom to practice his own special magical powers and the flock became the best in the land and everyone lived happily ever after.

    The end.

    Or is it?

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 28, 2016 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #29

    I’ll probably need to repost that as everyone has gone to bed.

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