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Alan Shearer says ‘it’s a shame’ Newcastle are going to swap places with Sunderland

4 years ago
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Alan Shearer has been looking at the likely outcomes for the north east rivals this season and let’s hope his crystal ball is on form.

The Newcastle legend thinks that Sunderland are heading for the Championship, the mackems currently sitting in the relegation zone still, despite a lucky win at Bournemouth followed by victory in the relegation six pointer against Hull.

Alan Shearer reckons that Newcastle United are on the way up, victory at Leeds meant eight Championship wins in a row and now nine points clear of third with a better goal difference, it looks good for anybody of a black and white persuasion.

Despite being a lifelong United fan, Alan Shearer claims that it would be ‘a shame’ if it was a case of Newcastle passing Sunderland heading in the opposite direction.

The Newcastle legend saying that the derbies are ‘great games’ and ‘great occasions’.

Obviously they were, more often or not, ‘great’ days when Alan Shearer was turning out for Newcastle against Sunderland and of course his final act was to score in a 4-1 win on Wearside.

However, more recent times have seen the greatness significantly lacking.

Yes we have a manager at Newcastle at last but personally, I’d be more than happy for Sunderland to take our place in the second tier and for that to be a permanent arrangement. The stress levels leading up to the games aren’t good for anybody and the matches can only ever be enjoyed afterwards – if you have won, during the games it is an absolute nightmare.

Even when you have an overwhelmingly better team/manager, things can still go very wrong in derbies – so more than happy for them to be consigned to history, even if Alan thinks it would be a real ‘shame’.

Alan Shearer talking to BBC Sport:

“I think Sunderland will struggle.

“They will do well to get out of the position that they are in and I do think that Newcastle might just swap places with them.

“Which is a shame because for players and fans, they are great games.

“They are great occasions…but I do fear for Sunderland.”

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