Sunderland fans have their big derby match to look forward to on Wednesday night.
It is the big one – the two very worst teams in the Premier League fighting it out for 19th and 20th place.
The battle to be this season’s ‘North East Top Dog’ has faded into insignificance though as Sunderland fans have been forced to watch the rise of Rafa Benitez and his team back to the Premier League.
The perfect outcome will see all three North East clubs swap divisions and sanity to return.
So how have the Mackems taken it?
Safe to say, not too well…
Comments from Sunderland fans via their top message board Ready To Go :
‘Looking forward to next season. I live for seeing Newcastle get beat.’
‘Back where they belong, apparently.’
‘We have a derby match tomorrow, it may not mean much as usual and it may not be against our biggest rivals, but its a derby match and a chance to have something to relatively be happy about.
However, all i’m seeing is posts about the mags. And we say they are obsessed with us :oops:
Haway the lads, lets show the smogs that we are the top dogs in the north east at least until next season haha.’
‘No N.E team will ever manage 3 consecutive seasons in the PL again.’
‘Got in the car to drive to work, Talksport was on the radio. Heard 2 bars of Mick Quinn’s voice and immediately switched stations.’
‘Already seen a Newcastle shirt being paraded in Kent….
Can of fosters in hand at around 7am.’
‘They will love staying up for the next 2-3 years but after that? They will want something more..something better. And if and when they don’t get it? They are too good to go down but aren’t good enough to do anything better.
Who is going to get the heat? Who do you think? The Patron Saint of Mags himself – Rafa Benitez.’
I work in Gateshead and there was one of them waiting for me this morning to tell me the delightful news!
Funny thing is i’ve been here six months and didnt know until this morning they were mags.
Straight out of the woodwork!’
‘Did they get promoted?
Must have missed that one. It’s not been mentioned on any media for at least 5 minutes.’
‘Back where they belong.’
No one belongs or deserves to be in the PL, even Man Ure, you have to earn the right.
They did however ‘deserve’ to get relegated as they were one of the 3 worst teams end of last season.’
‘Picked the Sun up this morning, thought it was the chronicle. Splashed all over front and back same as the mirror. Can’t remember them doing that for Brighton.’
‘Regional version. That won’t be on a copy of the sun in Plymouth for example.’
‘The game last night wasnt even a sell out.’
‘You certainly cant knock their attendances this season… clutchin at straws and all that.’
‘I don’t even rate Mitrovic as a Championship player. Terrible player.
Maybe if he spent more time on shooting practise rather than trimming his hair with a bowl on top of his head he would be a player.’
‘The way he split open that terrific Barcelona defence though.’
‘Holds the ball up,has a good touch and batters defenders for 90 mins. The same people claiming what a miss anichebe has been for doing less than that seem to ignore this simply because he plays for the mags.’
‘Will probably get about 6 goals if he plays the full 38 games next season.
The mags need to find a very good striker or 2 next season otherwise they won’t score enough to keep themselves up.
Gayle’s always injured and Perez is rubbish. Murphy is probably their best chance of goals next season which is both mental and funny at the same time.’
Despite the fact they had to shell out an absolute wedge on existing players like Shelvey and Mitrovic, and players they’ve sold to fund this seasons signings in Wijnaldum, Sissoko (not as much) and Townsend.
Its not like they’ve sold academy players to fund it.’
‘I’d say anyone who finishes in the play offs will be stronger than us. Plus both other relegated teams.
It’s a poor league imo but there are teams in it who have been slowly building to get out of it. We will be starting from scratch with dour Dave.
It just fills me with dread. We won’t be back for at least 5 years and that’s being optimistic.’
‘Not worrying at all, our squad at present is far better than anything in the championship.’
‘Put the glue down.’
‘The mags had to sell there 4 best players. Plus they were a better side than our current lot. Unrealistic expect to keep the same squad.’
‘Newcastle had the luxury of buying promotion and they did it at the 1st attempt. We won’t have that luxury.’