Paul Simpson has been talking about Sunday’s derby and says that players should dream about playing in local derbies, rather than fearing them.
The Newcastle first team coach claims that previous results will have no bearing on this latest derby, though he does accept the pain and suffering that those of a black and white persuasion have had to go through in the last three years.
Looking back at his own career, Paul Simpson has reminisced about his great derby memories: Manchester, East Midlands (Derby v Forest), Carlisle v Darlington and Carlisle v Morecambe…
Despite the games meaning so much to the fans, Simpson says that the management just have to treat it as another game they can hopefully get three points from.
After the disaster zone of Pardew and Carver’s time in the derbies, a point would almost be welcomed, though many supporters will be looking for payback and a chance to make the most recent results against Sunderland more of a distant memory.
Paul Simpson talking to the club’s official tv channel:
“It (Sunderland on Sunday) is a new game, what happened last year won’t have any reflection on this game.
“It is a horrible record that anybody associated with Newcastle has to live with and has had to deal with in the last few seasons.
“We dream about playing in local derbies.
“I have been fortunate to have been involved in a Manchester derby, an East Midlands derby.
“As stupid as it sounds, I have been in derby games between Carlisle United and Darlington, Carlisle United and Morecambe…
“They mean so much to the supporters. To us, without belittling it, it is the next game of football.