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.