Newcastle Are On The Up – But Not Sunderland

Things are looking up at Newcastle, and our next game is at Leicester City on Saturday and a draw there would be a decent result, but Rafa will want to win that game – like he does every game.

But things don’t look good for Sunderland, and with Birmingham winning yesterday they are now 8 points from 4th bottom Birmingham with only 6 games to go.

That’s a massive change from two years ago when we were relegated, and they stayed up.

But losing Sam Allardyce to England was key to their continued decline in the summer of 2016.

Chris Coleman – Sunderland manager

I had lunch with my friend Peter last Friday – Peter was born and bred in Sunderland – and we joined IBM back in 1970 just a week apart, and we’re ended up in Raleigh, NC.

He’s stopped watching the games – the 4-1 win at Derby was great last Friday, but then they lost again on Monday at home.

Sunderland should be in the Premier League, and we’ll not heap any more criticism on their long-suffering fans.

If it was Newcastle, I would be devastated.

Oh well – such is life, and it has its ups and downs: it’s also good to have a little compassion – just in case it happens to you.

We are lucky to have Rafa Benitez at the club, and it’s that man alone who has seemingly done everything right since the start of last season.

There are reports that Real Sociedad are after him, but we doubt he wants to go back to Spain with his family very settled in Liverpool.

We could all be smiling in the summer if Ashley gives Rafa some big money to spend.

I probably hold a contrarian view, but I hope Sunderland can get back to the Premier League soon:  but they need a new owner to do that.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Apr 4, 2018 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed, your slip is showing. We’ll put it down to a weak moment shall we.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 4, 2018 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #2

    Thanks for your impartiality this morning in pulling me up on my debating skills while Jib calls me a pleb. Bravo.

  • hibbit

    Apr 4, 2018 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #3

    Sunderland as a club have never had an ounce of sympathy for us, they have enjoyed every minute of our demise under Ashley and made sure we knew they were enjoying it
    well what goes around comes around

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 4, 2018 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #4

    True dat.

  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 4, 2018 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #5

    Dat is true, however for the good of the North East economically and with world-wide exposure it would be better if Us, them and the smoggies were all in the Premier League, and not scrapping for survival.

  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 4, 2018 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #6

    I got slaughtered by most, just a couple agreed with me when I said that on one of the fb pages btw.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Apr 4, 2018 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #7

    Think it privately if you must, but surely you can find the decency to keep such a treasonous view to yourself.

  • G

    Apr 4, 2018 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #8

    To be honest, I’m with Ed on this one. Lots of friends support the unwashed, and looking at their pain, and realising but for Rafa this could have been us last season, its hard not to feel a pang of sympathy. I would like to see both them and the boro back in the top flight with us, albeit with us at the top of the 3 as it should be.

  • ArtyH

    Apr 4, 2018 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #9

    Fully agree with the article! Its not just about football, its about our region, we are stronger together and that includes the Burra and Carlisle too. When only one of our teams is in the top division it is easier to overlook us as an area, and as a culture, we are looked on as the poor Northerners out on a limb. That is the bigger picture, but some cannot see the reality that we are weaker individually in this circumstance, we become isolated and easier looked over. Together we are much stronger, after all we all have friends and workmates who support one of the two clubs. We need Sunderland to survive with the hope they can get back to the EPL ASAP so we can show them we are better than them, at the moment that scenario looks a distant reality. We need to play them again in the EPL to wipe out the memory of their last wins over us, they still have that historical fact on the record, it needs to be wiped out.
    Also, we could have been in the same position as they find themselves in now if it had not been for Rafa and his crew, so IMHO a little sympathy here is needed. Look at the support those down the road gave us when we lost our supporters a few years ago, and similarly the sympathy our fans showed for young Bradly….We are mostly supporters of a football team, workmates,friends or what ever, we are not enemies, we just want to see our team beat the opposing team, thats all. To be vindictive and gloat over the destruction of the other team IMHO is a tragic selfish example of childish behaviour, cutting the legs off, shouting and standing victorious over your rival is a pathetic example of low self esteem reserved for the cave man. Just sayin………

  • G

    Apr 4, 2018 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #10

    Eloquently put ArtyH

  • tommotoon

    Apr 4, 2018 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #11

    You would think we were wishing the mackems harm and you have gone a little over the top, we are just enjoying the moment nothing more, we are all to aware how quickly things can change in football

  • TheJimBelow

    Apr 4, 2018 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #12

    Couldn’t disagree more.
    Not gonna fall out with a fellow Mag over it, but I will never forget and never forgive the plane banner stunt amongst various other antics.
    They had several opportunities to show/allow/feel any sympathy or empathy or any possibility of a mutual respect and not only didn’t do it, but relished in not doing it.
    We can’t be expected to turn the other cheek 4,5,6 times then when fortunes are reversed show pity and pretend nothing ever happened.
    Same region or not, I am not one bit sorry for that lot and I never will be…
    Now, let’s do a Leicester to Leicester this Saturday and have a lovely weekend lads!!


  • TheJimBelow

    Apr 4, 2018 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #13

    * not saying for one second I wish any of them any physical harm etc.
    The sympathy for Liam and John being murdered was genuine from them and fair play, as was the unification for poor young Bradley.
    But in terms of football and them as a club and fanbase, nope….

  • Sherlock

    Apr 4, 2018 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #14

    I’m with Jim on this. As a region yes would like to see us all prosper. In footie terms no way. Yes it could all be different and we could be in their position god forbid but we’re not. We don’t have to boost but nothing wrong with a sly smile and feeling of smugness.You better believe if it was the other way around we would certainly be aware of it and they would let us know at every single opportunity.

  • wynsleap

    Apr 4, 2018 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #15

    I understand the sympathetic feelings of some of our fans but I for one would be happy to see the Mackems in The Vanarama North playing Blyth Spartans and Spennymoor. After 60 years of watching the Toon and rubbing shoulders with Cats’ fans it goes without saying that they would expect and want the same for us …..and rightly so. Don’t let’s get soft over this. It’s football. It’s rivalry. It’s war.
    (Having said all that I’d just quietly laugh if they go down – no banners or overhead planes with taunting trailing messages etc. We’re Toon supporters – and we’re too good and classy for that pathetic rubbish).

  • Phil K

    Apr 4, 2018 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #16

    Yeah some of my mates are Sunderland fans and I’m not going to be petty about their nosedive. In fact when we were out Saturday John said “Whats the point ? They’ll get beat again at home Monday anyways Thats what they keep doing” And guess what ?
    Theres several teams I’d love to have disastrous seasons like this rather than the makems to be honest. Aston Villa for one.Hope THOSE bastards lose out in the play offs
    By the way – Talk Shite radio at it again spitefully having a baffling dig at Newcastle (Bob Mills a cockney dickhead) when he was pulled up about it full of “I’m not going to apologize” – mystifies me. this peabrained mentality that the team with attendances in the top 4 believe their team should be top half. Yet the same shitbags like Mills have mountains of sympathy for Aston Villa and praise their fans to ridiculous and undeserved levels, and they apparently AREN’T “delusional” to think THEY should be top half……yet question them and no answer. Just more sneers and spite. No evidence or proof


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