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Why Sunderland fans must take major share of blame for their embarrassment of a club

10 months ago
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Lets all laugh at Sunderland… again and again and again and again.

*WARNING*

For any Newcastle fans out there who are bored of hearing about Sunderland, or ‘miss the derby’, then this is click away now time.

Sunderland have just been relegated to the third division of English football. So drink it in.

I have no sympathy for what is happening at Sunderland. This is a club that has been run into the ground over the past 10 years just as much as Mike Ashley has tried his best to do the same at Newcastle United.

Except there’s a difference.

The ‘take Sunderland into footballing and financial obscurity’ job wasn’t just masterminded by Ellis Short, which is what most Sunderland fans will argue. Sunderland fans will also argue that a club like theirs doesn’t deserve to be in League One next season, and to an extent they are correct.

Sunderland would be lucky enough to deserve a place in League Two if I am being honest. Their beautiful demise has been contributed as much by their own fans as it was by their American owner.

Where do we start?

This is a fan base who supported a known sex offender, got behind a self-confessed fascist as their manager, they chose entitlement, they based the success of their entire football club on beating Newcastle United in two one-off games every season, they have walked away from Sunderland FC, they have done nothing to support their club – instead standing by idly as their club dies before their eyes.

Now that I think about it, I don’t know whether it is funny or sad that Sunderland fans, like most other commentators, pundits and fans in the North East, have seen the obvious problems at the club coming for a long time. Yet they chose to do absolutely nothing as their club slowly died.

Of course there is the argument from some sections that it is good to have Sunderland in the Premier League, it is good for the region, good for Newcastle, and most importantly, good for jobs. Except, it’s just not true.

Newcastle don’t need Sunderland to exist in order to be a football club, in order to enjoy supporting our team. The region doesn’t need Sunderland football club to exist. Lets face it, give it another 10 years and I guarantee you that the kids and grandkids of those Sunderland fans now, will be Newcastle fans.

Anyway, if you really miss playing Sunderland, I will cross my fingers for you that our youth team gets to play their first team in the Checkatrade Trophy next season.

I agree with the jobs argument – however, maybe if Sunderland looked up the road to Tyneside, they would have seen what can happen when a support base gets behind their team. Perhaps if those fans could be bothered to go to the game, then they might have kept the top tier open at the SOL next season and jobs would be kept, or they might have just picked up a few more points to keep them safe. The apathy is incredible… or maybe they just didn’t care.

Maybe they just couldn’t get their hands on tickets to come and see Newcastle. They will likely argue otherwise…but they’re not to be trusted. After all, this is a club that has been in denial for a long long time.

What we are witnessing here is nothing of the unexpected, simply it is the result of when a Sunderland side is forced to live within their means just like every other club.

Ironically, beating Newcastle six times in a row probably contributed to their downfall as what the so-called famous ‘’6 in a row FTM” did, was for a short period during the middle and at the end of each season, was hide the embarrassment and disgrace that their football team was.

There is nowhere to hide for Sunderland.

The shame of the North East.
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