The reaction of Sunderland fans to Newcastle’s start to the season has been just a little bit embarrassing.

Yes Rafa Benitez and his team have found it tough with Mike Ashley refusing to allow proper investment in the squad and that being compounded by injuries and problems caused by making signings so late, meaning no pre-season with their new teammates.

However, when you are a League One club, maybe you should have a little more self-awareness.

Especially when even dropping to the third tier they aren’t exactly running away with it, yes they have settled down now and got into second place, but it is still looking a competitive league to get out of. Especially with the likes of Accrington Stanley and Luton to try and get the better of…

The Mackems are loving their new owners and of course when you are winning matches everybody is happy, even at such a  low level…

Being honest though, it would have been difficult for even a club who had finished rock bottom two seasons in a row, not to be competitive, when they have a turnover so many times higher than pretty much all of their competitors.

The new owners have also told Sunderland fans everything they wanted to hear to get them onside, even sinking to a truly embarrassing low of claiming they’d always hated Newcastle United and didn’t like their supporters. It is laughable just how many Sunderland fans swallowed that PR line without questioning it.

Thanks to Newcastle finding it tough as they faced Man City, Man Utd, Chelsea etc early doors and Sunderland picking up a few wins, bizarrely you had Sunderland fans actually laughing at Newcastle, believing Geordies might be jealous of the respective positions.

Yes, we might be in our 12th year under a total tyrant who has no ambition beyond what he can benefit from but then why would Oxford supporters be interested in anything else when taking over Sunderland?

No sensible Newcastle fan, only the lunatic fringes, will be getting too carried away with these victories over Watford and Bournemouth. It has given a massive lift of course but with the lack of backing on transfers, we all know that every single fight will have to be fought for, at least until Rafa Benitez is given any kind of realistic support.

Sunderland fans need to appreciate just what a disaster has struck them, they have found their level in League One and if promoted, would have a massive challenge of even surviving in the Championship.

The popular view amongst Mackems was that going up as champions of the second tier wasn’t a triumph for Rafa Benitez because he should have done it by a bigger margin, whilst this season they were claiming it as ‘proof’ that (Champions League, Europa League, La Liga winning) Rafa was a poor manager due to the rubbish early season results.

Wake up and smell the coffee and mind the 32 place gap that separates the two clubs – Newcastle 14th in the Premier League and Sunderland 2nd in League One.

Also, I only found yesterday that the Mackems are experiencing the romance of the FA Cup already (playing today in the first round), fully two months before Newcastle get the chance to exit ASAP, as usual.

Newcastle supporters might be going through tough times but jealous of Sunderland fans? I don’t think so.

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 2 Bournemouth 1


Newcastle : Rondon 7, 40

Bournemouth: Lerma 45+6

Possession was Bournemouth 61% Newcastle 39%

Total shots were  Bournemouth 14 Newcastle 18

Shots on target were Bournemouth 4 Newcastle 6

Corners were  Bournemouth 10 Newcastle 7

Referee: Lee Probert

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Schar, Fernandez, Dummett, Ritchie (Hayden 74), Diame (Atsu 80), Ki , Kenedy (Clark 78), Rondon, Perez

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Joselu, Manquillo, Longstaff

Crowd: 49,266 (Bournemouth approx 600)

(Alan Shearer Match of The Day comments HERE)

(Salomon Rondon rates it ‘The Perfect Saturday’ – Read HERE)

(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to beating Bournemouth HERE)

(Paul Merson covered Newcastle 2 Bournemouth 1 for Sky Sports – Had plenty to say afterwards HERE)

(Match ratings of all NUFC players HERE)

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  • Paul Patterson

    And the point of this is?
    Just ignore them and they’ll go away.

    • Toontaff

      I wish they would! Far, far away!

  • Mirandinha9

    I’d prefer their owner who appears to have sincere emotional investment into the club

    • Geordiegiants

      Same here even if they haven’t got any money.

  • relaxed

    IMHO we have just had the best game of the season and you are posting about Sunderland, they are not even in the same league FFS.

  • David2211

    Ahhh. Two wins on the bounce and everything’s looking rosy again. Take the p*ss out of Sunderland. Next article about how it’s “better the devil you know” and MA is alright after all?

    • Steven05

      Please tell me I’m not the only one who found this article embarrassingly cringe worthy?

      • Leazes.

        That’s why I keep saying the full time write here isn’t a United fan….. he or she writes to a brief….

        ….incorporating some sort of fierce local rivalry…. to me this is on par with whoever writes under the name of Smithfield and Porter…..

        ….and is of as much interest as the Betvictor adformercials…. Merson Owen, Wright….who cares…. its nothing to do with us.

        • Benmagpie

          Shouldn’t it be writer? Not write?

          • East Durham Mag

            Only if you are being pedantic.

          • Ram Kishore

            Stupid article ffs

      • Toon Arnie

        All you’re doing here is dragging it out. Mackem’s slate us, we slate them. It happens so move on and stop labouring the point.

    • Wor Lass

      My thoughts exactly.

      • Toon Arnie

        Some people on here seem to think that regardless of results ?

  • Ryan Mccann

    As if benitez would ever even consider managing blunderland that made me chuckle haha thanks.

  • Proppaboots

    Pathetic article……..playground stuff, my Dads bigger than your Dad!!

  • GeordieZebra

    They’re an irrelevance. Stop the articles on the unwashed.

  • Wor Lass

    ” … of course when you are winning matches everybody is happy ….” to start taking the pi$$ out of the unwashed again? It had all gone a bit quiet during our record-breaking losing/at-least-not-winning streak but after two wins on the bounce we can be brave again. As several other people have already said, it`s embarrassing.

    • Toon Arnie

      If the Mackem’s have a dig we have a dig back and vice versa. It’s local rivalry, the PC brigade will never stop that. People seem to want to make a big deal out of this not being a big deal ?

      • Wor Lass

        Nothing wrong with taking the mick – I`ve got mackem neighbours out here and I`ve been loving it. All I mean is that it needn`t actually be small-minded and nasty, which it sometimes is on here and some people only come out when we`re winning.

  • Toon

    Embarrassing, Mackems were laughing at the The Mag on twitter yesterday, wonder why?

    • Toon Arnie

      Why were they talking about us AGAIN ? This seems to be a one way street ?

  • Rich Lawson

    Who exactly has said we are jealous ? Click bate b######s.

  • Geordiegiants

    I personally would do anything to be cured of the cancer that is consuming our club.
    If it meant going down to where they are and be rid of it, I would happily take it now.
    The inbreds have their ground, their training ground, their badge. They don’t have the spectators anymore and they don’t have money. I would happily take that for a bit of hope. Their chairmen seem to involve them in everything from replacing seats to community projects, they communicate with them and they now have rid of the premier league leeches.
    If we could somehow gain some control while down there buying a share in the club somehow, we could easily build our club again.

    • kingfisher

      Totally agree Geordie.Sunderland is their club.They feel part of it and more importantly believe their owner has their best interests at heart.Newcastle is not our club anymore and we all know where Ashleys best interests lie.

      • Toon Arnie

        I agree with most of your post as I would take relegation if it guaranteed getting rid of this poisonous Fat Parasite. However I don’t agree with all of this stuff about Sunderland fans feeling part of it. They dropped the club like a stone when they went down, the first time, and while their crowds now are pretty good for the third tier it’ll be interesting to see if they abandon ship again when the novelty winning run stops.

        • kingfisher

          I take your point Arnie. I suppose it’s getting a balance between supporting your team through the bad times which every club goes through, and then realizing there’s a time to stop blindly supporting them when the owner doesn’t care about either the club or the supporters.

  • Albert Stubbins

    I wouldn’t be jealous of that shower if they had Fergie as manager, had middle East money propping them up and had just won the champions league four times on the spin. How could you possibly be jealous of a collective fanbase that pronounces the term roundabout as roundiibout, when discussing waste refuge refer to the whaylee byn and a traditional Sunday roast is replaced by a bowl of cheeeyse cheyps? I mean howay!!

  • toonterrier

    Not a lot of people know this but the devil was a mackem and went to hell for a better life.

  • Paul Leadbeater

    We absolutely killed you lot with the six wins in a row and it’s hilarious how you’re trying to cling onto the slightest little thing 🤣😂😂🤣🤣😂😂

    • Ba ba.

      😂 Ya daft cxnt your in the third tier of the football league ffs… Who ya got next Morecombe or somone . Smb .. Keep on kidding ya self kidda 😂 😂 😂

    • Toon Arnie

      A League 1 team talking about the good old days of derby victories before successive relegations …. ironic given the body of your post maybe ?

    • gallowgate26

      This blog is about 2018, not 5+ years ago……clinging on to the past much? 🤣😂

  • Mike D

    We need to get our own house in order first.