One Sunderland journalist gave Newcastle fans some light relief after defeat at Craven Cottage on Friday night.
Formerly employed by the Sunderland Echo and now freelance, Graeme Anderson has covered the mackems for over 25 years.
If you thought the local media covering Newcastle United was a bit ropey, then you should have a look at the plight of it on Wearside.
The journalists all seem to accept/believe that they have to write as fans – but not in a good way.
Indeed you only have to look at some of the embarrassing headline stories in the past in the Sunderland Echo to sum up how embarrassing they are at celebrating any misfortune for Newcastle United.
Last night, Graeme Anderson said that Sunderland fans would be celebrating Newcastle losing because the ‘Rafalution hysteria has been ridiculous’. It simply sums up the small town thinking of the mackems overall, instead of bothering about their own team they are getting all uptight because Newcastle fans are optimistic at last because they have a decent manager – the relegation seen as a small price to pay if it means the club will now be run properly.
Anderson then goes on to attack Rafa Benitez himself, saying that the Spaniard took Newcastle down and ‘why would you want him to stay?’. Simply too childish for words – if this was just a normal Sunderland fan saying it, it would be a bit pathetic but when it is one of their respected journalists…
No doubt if you looked back seven years you would see similar comments from the likes of Graeme Anderson and the Sunderland Echo wanting to blame Alan Shearer for the relegation when he had only eight games to turn it around, a similar scenario to Rafa’s 10 game mission.
It gets worse…with Anderson saying he is ‘wearied/staggered’ at Newcastle fans who ‘expect tp walk Championship…and then be Champions League’. How funny is this, which Newcastle fans do you know who talk like that?
Yes there is a lot of enthusiasm and we do aspire to those type of things (Champions League) because we have been there before and know it could one day be possible – but that is a million miles away from thinking we will automatically go up and move on to the Champions League. This is the problem with Anderson and so many other mackems, they are so wrapped up in Newcastle United and hoping we fail, they forget to have their own dreams.
Leicester City won the Premier League and qualified for the Champions League only two years after promotion and one year after escaping relegation with an unbelievable run – why shouldn’t you dream of that happening to you?
Graeme Anderson the sums up really why he is biting so badly, saying that Sunderland has to ‘share the same air-space, news-space, TV-space’ with their rivals and ‘can’t believe the NUFC hype’.
What this shows it is really about, is that just like Newcastle will attract more fans than Sunderland despite the relegation, Newcastle United will still be bigger news than the Mackems despite being in the Championship.
They hate the fact that Newcastle United will always be a bigger story and that the NUFC fans refuse to let a small thing such as relegation or losing the first match of the Championship to dampen the enthusiasm.
We believe in and support Rafa Benitez and what he plans to do with our club, so maybe Sunderland fans (and journalists…) should concentrate a little more on their club and new manager, before he also deserts them and follows Fat Sam out of the door when he is offered a better job elsewhere…
Graeme Anderson via Twitter:
‘#SAFC fans will rejoice in #NUFC’s loss tonight – not because they’re bitter but because this Rafalution hysteria has been ridiculous.’
‘Still don’t get it. Why would you want him to stay? He took you down. And he’s never managed in the Championship. #risky’’
‘Just wearied/staggered by #nufc fans who expect to walk Championship under Rafa and then be Champions League.’
‘#safc has to share the same air-space, news-space, TV-space with you and can’t believe the #nufc hype.’