Sunderland fans have reacted to Mike Ashley’s announcement on Monday that he has (allegedly) put Newcastle United up for sale.
With a hated owner, claims that there were only around 18,000 fans who actually bothered to turn up on Saturday v QPR, and second bottom of the Championship…fair to say that the mackems are also fancying a change of ownership.
Amusing to see some of these comments from Sunderland fans below, claiming that any potential buyers out there, would find Sunderland a much better investment than Newcastle United…
Sunderland fans comment via their Ready To Go (into oblivion) message board:
‘We have a better ground, state of the art training facility which is all paid for. We will be cheaper by around £200 million and have similar levels of debt.’
‘We are cheaper, the Stadium of Light is fully owned by the club and the Academy of Light is a decent training set-up.’
‘In terms of fanbase both are similar and any threat of success and both stadiums would be sold out each week.
Sunderland is primed and ready for a revolution and for somebody to make themselves an absolute legend as an owner…..
Newcastle is on a hiding to nothing unless you have the really big money to throw at it like the Arabs as massive spending in the Prem will buy you mid table these days.’
‘I would say our stadium is better and can be extended easily, I think they would struggle to make theirs bigger, hence they were trying to move to the town moor not so long back. I seem to remember signing a petition against it.
We have won more league titles and therefore have the greater history.
I think they main problem for them is that fat mike is trying to jump ship as the vat man is after him. I really think they could be in bother over that and any buyer might be scared off.
Both clubs are having the same problem of getting in players as it’s not in the south east.
I reckon because of this vat thing we have more chance of being bought.’
‘As an investment, sunderland is by far the best bet, mainly due to a very possible doubling of the crowd, far less will need to be spent to improve the club’s standing.
Once in the premier for a few seasons then the asking price will rocket…the SoL has the potential to increase to a 60k capacity.’
‘Newcastle have more fans but you cant get more into 52K than 52k .
We have a better atmosphere when things are going well – but a new buyer would not fall for that like Ellis did with Quinny.’
‘Leaving the actual clubs aside for a moment, you have to also consider that Sunderland as a place is an absolute monstrosity.
It is a stagnant, decaying mess. The general depression that hangs over the place will hardly be pursuasive in tempting somebody to part with millions.’
‘In the modern day the mags have already realised their potential under hall and keegan and blew it.
The closest we’ve come was under reid when we didn’t capitalise.
If an owner wants to make a profit then we are a better bet than them lot up the road. they can’t get many more fans in, can’t sell many more tops and can’t get much more exposure than they get at the minute. the tag of everybody’s favourite second team has been and gone.’
‘The SOL is better because it’s not lopsided and the capacity can be increased.’
‘We having a swimming pool next to the ground, the toon don’t.’