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.