Sunderland fans are flying high at the minute, at least relatively so.

After consecutive seasons where they finished rock bottom of the Premier League and Championship, little wonder they are enjoying things a little bit more at the minute.

The past two seasons saw the Mackems win only 13 of the 84 league games they played, already with nine this season it puts them up to the heady heights of third in League One.

Behind Portsmouth and Peterborough, just ahead of their other top big rivals Accrington Stanley, Luton and Barnsley.

However, not only are they relieved that they are at last winning a few games and scoring goals at this lowly level, Sunderland fans actually believe Newcastle supporters are jealous of them.

We haven’t actually had the pleasure of watching our team play in the third tier in NUFC’s 127 year history, so we will just have to take the word of Sunderland fans as to how great it is.

Interesting though that they are still so carried away with their new owners in this honeymoon period.

The much derided Ellis Short propped up their club for years and simply made the mistake of backing the wrong manager after manager with transfer funds. It ended up with him in a position that due to FFP (Financial Fair Play) rules, Short couldn’t have spent any more on transfers even if he had wanted to.

A far cry from what we have at Newcastle United with Mike Ashley.

Ellis Short in the end handed the club over for a pittance to Stewart Donald and Charlie Methven, even letting them pay by instalments as they couldn’t afford the £40m Ellis Short wanted to cover the small part of the debts that he wasn’t writing off.

Newcastle fans are desperate to get rid of Mike Ashley, it is not exactly a secret.

However, there is a big difference between that and being jealous of Sunderland fans with the couple of chancers that have come along and told them everything they wanted to hear. Including, very embarrassingly, slagging off Newcastle United and their fans on a number of occasions.

Whilst we wait to see what further mess Mike Ashley drags our club into, we desperately hope that ambitious owners can be found who will run the club properly.

Sunderland fans can enjoy their moment of glory in League One with the ‘upper hand’ (still 28 places below Newcastle United currently) but I don’t think and Newcastle supporters would be wanting to swap circumstances just yet with the Mackems.

Sunderland Director Charlie Methven in one of his interviews:

“I’ve always had a slight soft spot for Sunderland because I’ve always found Newcastle to be a rather arrogant club. They seem to think that they’re special…

“From an outsider’s perspective I feel that from the North East clubs, at Sunderland and Middlesbrough there’s much mutual appreciation from other clubs, but at Newcastle there’s little appreciation for or from other clubs.”

A letter sent to Sunderland fans website Roker Report:

Dear Roker Report,

I just wanted to write and commend you for the fantastic Podcast that you recorded with Stewart Donald this week.

I think it was probably Stewart’s best appearance on your show yet and I could listen to him talk forever, he’s such a genuine and honest guy.

I heard him talking on BBC Newcastle last night also and I couldn’t help but think that the Mags listening must be very jealous of the fact we have such amazing owners.

I know I’d be jealous if the roles were reversed.

They hate their current owner and want him out, whilst we’re enjoying the new era and all that comes with it – albeit from a lower league.

Not that being in League One bothers us, we’re loving watching our team win games, score goals and play an attractive style of football.

When you hear Stewart talking so passionately and being so open to supporters you can’t help but feel admiration for him and I just wonder if that is intensifying the hunger from Newcastle supporters to be rid of Mike Ashley.

Please keep the Podcasts with Stewart coming, you are my go to place for Podcasts and I listen to them all, but its always a nice treat when the owner drops by.

Amy Nixon

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  • Leazes.

    You should run a poll…

    Would you rather have…..

    A. a Millionaire who puts in time effort and money, and communicates.
    B. a Billionaire who asset strips, takes money out, and hides.

    tricky choice….

    • Paul Patterson

      C. A rich owner who wants to see the club be the best it can be.

      • Leazes.

        The choice was between Donald and Ashley.

        • Billmag

          Difficult choice that, one is fat and ugly, the other is clean shaven smarmy and skint.

          • Leazes.

            Couldn’t care how they look…. its what they do.

          • Billmag

            I was being sarcastic.

          • Phill Turton

            Skint? Brilliant. Look up our other owner, Juan Satori. Then come back and chat about how skint we are :-D

          • Billmag

            Ha ha ha ha ha 😀😀😀😀😀

    • GToon

      Or an owner who lets the club generate its own money and spend what it makes from the TV money, commercial revenue etc etc. Our club could be amazing and generate its own money. We don’t need Ashley or a rich owner. We just need to be run properly.

      • Phill Turton

        So when you look at it Ashley is actually doing a brilliant job :-D

        • GToon

          Apart from the bit where the money that the club generates disappears.

  • Rich Lawson

    Didn’t the ”amazing owners” still have to go into considerable hock to purchase the club from the previous desperate owner ? I don’t care about them,can we stop giving them space on here unless there is another laughable disaster,and get rid of that picture at the top for ever please ?

    • Leazes.

      Owners recuperate their ‘purchase’ by getting the fans to pay for it for them…. everyone’s a winner…. except the fans.

      • Rich Lawson

        I’d like to say Quietly Cynical,but regrettably the answer is Quantatively Correct.

        • Leazes.

          🗹 Correct

    • Phill Turton

      You do know the name Juan Satori right? Google it, then come talk about how little money our club has :-D

  • Gallowgate1982

    Couldn’t give a flying F**k about the mackems or sh#t articles like this

    • Peaky

      Couldn’t have put it better myself…

  • Peaky

    There we go….I only asked the question on the Mitro post earlier….thought it was a long time since we have seen the three headed monster from the Wear…..just a Nile Ranger post now and we’ve had the Mag royal flush…..Mitro,Mackems,Ranger.

    • Leazes.

      I get the feeling that 50% of articles are put up by someone who is firstly a media journalist and they don’t quite understand football and they probably work for half a dozen fan sites posting repeated claim and counterclaim as it fits in with ‘rivalry’ aspect of fandom.

      Click baiting…… I don’t know if Sam is a real person or not…. but Smithfield and Porter don’t exist in the real world…..

      ….this is the modern media…. insincere false, fake…. money and advertising orientated.

      • wheyayeman

        Loads of the sites are a few of the most generalised lines of text with a copy and paste of a line from a tweet surrounded by 500 ads and another 25 pop ups to close!

  • Themoscow72

    Basically Sunderland have not got a penny to rub to their name and their season tickets work out at what Sunderland and South Shields supporters are paying.
    They are equivalent to our under 23 reserve team who comfortably beat Doncaster Rovers one of their rivals. With the money they have if they go up it is likely they would go straight back down again as they have no money to sign better players.
    If they go up it will be straight back down.

    • Steven05

      50 – 60% of South Shields are Newcastle supporters

      • Themoscow72

        There was a typo and was meant to say Sunderland are charging their season ticket holders the same as South Shields supporters and Gateshead do to get in so the money will dry up. Yes when I took my family to South Shields fare used to count the tops and Newcastle always came out well up.

  • Jonas

    I see their results, maybe, the day after in the paper, like all the other teams from all over Europe. How can you be jealous of something that is so insignificant, the very thought of them is boring, I turn the radio off when they talk about them (local radio obviously because they don’t get mentioned nationally) because on top of not being interested in the first place, they are a third tier club with no impact on us whatsoever.
    I wanted to see who Gateshead got in the FAC R1 so hoyed the red button on and the three pages summarising the draw didn’t even mention them.
    You have to think Leeds and Man City would have been the first draw mentioned when they were down there.
    I just think this site should take the same line
    at least until such time as a FL Trophy draw
    they are looking far too deeply into things though, all that’s happened is they’ve found their level – like when we win in the championship, it doesn’t mean MA is a good owner.

    • Phill Turton

      And yet you write article after article about Sunderland, you are even commenting on an article about us and ever week both home and away your fans are sitting in the stands with our opponents. Obviously these are the actions of people who see SAFC as insignificant :-D

  • Carverlier football

    Relatively speaking I’m jealous about most clubs’ owners, I don’t specifically think about Sunderland’s… In fact, Sunderland even lose the jealousy derby because I think Steve Gibson is a much better owner than theirs!

    • Phill Turton

      Gibson is a fantastic owner and the envy of most clubs in the country and rightly so.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    Once their new owners asked the fans to volunteer to change “The Pink Seats”, They showed their hand imo, Proving they are in fact potless !
    A noble task to do on the face of it to get fans involved at the club but in reality showed them up to be skint as…

    Ashley is the proverbial “Sack Of…”, But there is no way I would want to be in their position of third tier football.
    Although there is still time for “The Calorie Challenged One” to deliver that level of football to this club !

    • Leazes.

      That isn’t the question…. which owner would you prefer, not which league do you want to be in.

  • wheyayeman

    No-one likes Sunderland here but they are at least free to rebuild and find a better future. Frankly we ignore the plight in front of us and embarras ourselves by laughing at them in these times and under this parasitic owner.

  • HarryHype59

    That Charlie Methven, reminds me of ‘Tim nice but dim” off Harry Enfield and friends.

    It is nice to know Sunlun have found their level in the third tier.

    • LeftoverStu

      Aye, it must be nice being a millionaire. Bitter, bitter mags.

      • JohnCornwell’sHair

        Bitter about what exactly?
        Beating Southend, drawing with Fleetwood, losing to Burton (even we beat them)? not having pink seats any more? Not being top of the 3rd tier after 15 games, having less points than the mighty Peterborough?
        Not bitter one bit, much bigger fish to fry i’m afraid.
        You all just have a lovely time, buh bye….buh bye!

      • HarryHype59

        Is your chest puffing with pride at being near the top of third division? Pathetic!

  • CaptainCaveman

    They have an ambitious owner who cares. We don’t.

  • Toon

    This is click bait rubbish which makes NUFC fans look stupid – well done Sam, go to the top of the class at The Mag

  • Mxpx

    We’re going to be in their position soon

  • kingfisher

    Their fans are happy, ours are not. Surely that’s what football is all about, it doesn’t matter what League your team is in if they are playing well, winning games and everyone is happy.
    A new brush sweeps clean and they are starting to rebuild again from the bottom. They have a head start on us because that’s where we are heading and any one who thinks different is living in cloud cuckoo land!

    • wheyayeman

      Indeed, what exactly are we gloating over ? We are the permanent whipping boys of the Prem! Bank balance champions? We need to do a Sunderland in order to get our club back I’m afraid.

      • Steven05

        That’ssomething that puzzles me. The Ashley camp keep saying how great he is for sorting our finances out, and yet, we have no money to spend…. 🤔

        • wheyayeman

          Commercial revenues down, fanbase down, debt up. He’s destroyed the lot

      • TheFatController

        Agreed other than with debt of over £100m we’d not win any balance sheet championships anywhere …

  • Realist

    Port vale away that’ll be tasty

  • Ba ba.

    Division one champs… They should be so proud .
    My neighbour tries to convince me its great but the mackem at work who goes home and away says it’s dreadful football in a dreadful league … Yes there winning and flying high but he would give his left arm to see the likes of man u, City, Liverpool etc.
    We are suffering because of one man, poor investment and greed.. . He goes we’ll be fine but its the getting rid is the problem.
    On a side note I even forget the mackems are playing on a Saturday which j makes me chuckle.

  • X2

    I’m not jealous of Sunderland but I’d take non-league with Ashley gone (and no toxic legacy contracts as Rangers have) and an ownership who genuinely wanted the club to be the best it can be.

  • BiffaBeercan

    You OK Hun?

  • Blackburn1066

    I love Sunderland F C there just so not near us.

  • London_Mag

    My sister lives in Barcelona and her 9 year old boy says “are you from Sunderland” when anyone says anything stupid. Also when he sees anyone scruffy, ugly or tramp-ish he says they must be a Mackem. I don’t think he will ever get the chance to watch them at football as i don’t think Sunderland will be threatening champions league any time soon lol.
    Mackems get over your minging city you shouldn’t have supported the Scots during the Civil War and helped starve us out in Newcastle.
    Looking forward to seeing you sneaking back down to the Sunderland exit at Monument Metro at Xmas with your shopping bought in the toon.
    Even your Poundland is closing. Your granny gives you cheesey chips and blue wicked when you visit as a treat. Mackem Ming-errrrrrrrs

    • Realist

      He needs some educating. Sounds like he’s judging people by what they look like. Never judge a book by the cover. I found your post about as funny as a joke out of a Christmas cracker.

      • London_Mag

        Busted Realist i think you are a Mackem in disguise. How do i know? Because you can’t handle a bit of banter.which is a typical Mackem trait.

        • Realist

          Banter is good, I just think yours in this post is way below average.

          • London_Mag

            I suppose it would be a dull world if we all had the same opinions.