Mick Quinn thinks it could be a long time before Newcastle United experience the delights of a derby game.
Sunderland and Middlesbrough are now guaranteed to go down in last and second last place respectively and neither look likely to come straight back up.
After takings seven seasons to get back up, Boro have looked relegation certainties for some time, whilst Sunderland have proved to be one of the all-time worst Premier League teams.
The final 13 matches have seen the Mackems score in only two of the games and win only one, losing 10 and drawing two.
David Moyes even having to agree with Alan Shearer this week, that his players weren’t trying against Swansea on Saturday.
Mick Quinn was looking forward to the possibility of derbies next season but thinks Sunderland are now a club in ‘a complete mess’ and that even if Moyes stays ‘he is on a hiding to nothing’.
The Sunderland fans clearly don’t won’t the Manager to stay and whether he stays or not, Mick Quinn thinks there won’t be the right backing for any Sunderland boss this summer.
Rafa Benitez performed his magic last summer, creating a Championship winning team/squad but at the same time delivering a £40m transfer profit.
However, with the exception of their goalkeeper, the Mackems look to have very few, if any, saleable assets.
Personally, I can live without derby matches (that is games against Sunderland by the way, Middlesbrough don’t count!) for a few years but eventually I wouldn’t mind them coming back to the top tier, especially if Rafa Benitez has been allowed the time, freedom and money to get on with his Newcastle United ‘project’.
Derby matches are great BUT only in the aftermath AND if you have won!
Mick Quinn talking to the Chronicle:
“As a player I always wanted to beat the Mackems. I wanted to hammer them…but I didn’t want to do it just once – I wanted to do it over and over again.
“I wanted to keep beating them, I wanted that rivalry to continue.
“North East football needs three clubs in the Premier League, but worryingly though, I don’t see any of the three teams going down coming back up.
“Boro have the best chance, but they’ll need to get rid of Steve Agnew – because he isn’t the answer.
“If David Moyes stays at Sunderland I’ll take my hat off to him and give him credit…but I think he’s on a hiding to nothing.
“That club is in a complete mess and I can’t see them backing him like he needs.
“Unfortunately, I fear we won’t see any North East derbies for a while, it’s a good job Newcastle are flying the flag for the region.”