Newcastle and Sunderland fans don’t agree on much but next month a double header derby takes place, which most fans of the two clubs will agree, shows an awful lot of what is wrong with modern football.

In August, Shanghai SIPG play Shenhua in both the league and cup, big derby matches for both in Chinese football.

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In the black and white corner we have Demba Ba, Shenhua’s new signing.

Forcing a move from Newcastle to more than double his wages at Chelsea, Ba has then chased the money in Turkey and now China, where despite the poor standard of football he is earning more cash than ever before.

Whilst emerging from the red and white corner grabbing as many notes as he can, is former Sunderland player Asamoah Gyan.

The Mackems paid a hefty £11m for the striker in 2010, only for him to disappear into the desert for more money in the Arabian Gulf League after only 23 starts for Sunderland.

Gyan was only 25 when he gave up any thought s of competitive football and it was an expensive lesson for our Wearside friends, who banked only half their money back when he signed for Al Ain.

Even though he is now 29, Gyan has moved to Shanghai SIPG for a staggering £15m, so you can only wonder how much he is personally getting.

The financial muscle of the big Chinese clubs now attracting a small number of very good, but greedy, players who know the football will be low grade but the pay more than compensates for giving up on playing at a decent standard.

Despite this, Asamoah Gyan has spoken of how much big derby matches have meant to him in his career:

“I have experienced derby matches in many places, the derby for professional players is a very wonderful experience and scoring in the derby feels great.

“I cannot wait to be playing in next month’s two derbies.”

In January 2011, Gyan scored a really jammy injury time equaliser for Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, Kevin Nolan having given Newcastle the lead.



  • mrkgw

    Good riddance to them. Both of our clubs deserve better.

  • RaySte

    Surprised this isn’t Ashley’s fault

  • desree

    its disgraceful that a player turns up in one of the biggest sh!tholes on earth and leaves for a warmer and more pleasant club where he works nowhere near as hard and gets double the cash.

  • desree

    why is that then?

  • NUFC9

    Ba and NUFC both agreed to a contract with a release clause of £X million.  When Chelsea met this he was contractually free to leave.  I don’t think it’s fair to say he forced a move or imply he did anything wrong.  It’s a shame we lost him but I don’t have a problem with the way he went. 
    We got him on a free so he had a strong hand when negotiating his contract.  For this reason the club probably can’t be blamed too much for allowing the release clause.
    What I DO have a problem with is that we only just replaced him last week – two and a half years late.

  • Wallwalker

    Is what’s “wrong in modern football” the fact that many players are concerned about their long term financial solvency?  If so, then I’d definitely be part of the problem if I were playing.

  • Jezza_NUFC

    Very poor article I’m afraid. You think Demba Ba left Newcastle purely and simply to double is salary. Did you not consider that there might have been other reasons for his departure such as him being too good a player to be languishing n a relegation battle, too good to be at a club with so little ambition that they hadn’t signed a single player in the previous summer transfer window and certainly far too good a player to be working with a clown of a manager like Pardew. 

    Do you really expect a guy from another country with no emotional or family connection to NUFC to turn down a move to the then Champions League holders to stay loyal to a seriously unambitious club in a relegation scrap?