Sunderland fans might not have been able to fill the stadium last night but those that did turn up, obviously were loving the occasion.

Who wouldn’t, surviving in your last home game of the season and at the same time relegating Norwich City…..oh and Newcastle United.

Am I bothered?

No, not really.

The mackems celebrating like they had won a lifetime’s supply of cheesy chips and blue pop, what else did you expect?

It is the nature of bitter rivalry, the Sunderland fans are having their day and I’m not upset by it.

We would have done the same if they had gone down and that is what happens when your local rivals suffer because it matters.

That is what the Villa fans didn’t get last Saturday or indeed seven years ago, when misfortune hits a club 200 miles away who you have no connection with, it is just sad and embarrassing if you go out of your way to celebrate their demise.

Last night was 19 years to the day since I was inside St James Park watching Newcastle beat Nottingham Forest 5-0.

Then confirmed over the tannoy that other results meant Newcastle had finished runners up in the Premier League for the second time running and qualified for the Champions League.

Then confirmed Middlesbrough had been relegated!

And then…confirmed Sunderland had gone down as well!!

Newcastle into the Champions League, Sunderland and Boro go down, now that was some day (and night!!!).

Yes Sunderland fans have seen Newcastle go down and themselves survive (yet again due to the points Newcastle have donated to them) but they are surely doomed to facing yet another relegation battle next season, as per the last however many.

Sunderland fans are of course who many of us argue with on a daily/weekly basis,  maybe play football with, work with, or drink with, or possibly just ‘connect’ with via social media BUT…

To wind yourself up because of some Mackem ‘banter’ and get all upset and angry, is just wasted energy.

You should gather up all of that negative energy and anger, then focus it at the people who have dragged us down to this state, yet again.

Mike Ashley, he is the one who has orchestrated this mess and don’t let anybody tell you that he isn’t the one to take most of the blame for this shambles of a club which we currently have.

Ashley has also employed a supporting cast, including Steve McClaren, Keith Bishop, Alan Pardew, John Carver, Lee Charnley, Graham Carr, Bobby Moncur, Derek Llambias, Joe Kinnear, the players…., not to mention any number of journalists who have been happy to tow the line and divert criticism away from the club owner for reasons only they know.

Wasting time on the mackems is also letting Mike Ashley off the hook, instead time to focus all of your energies on whether you really want to keep giving him your money & implicit support and how best to encourage him to sell Newcastle United at the earliest opportunity.