Newcastle United set to still be top of the North-East garbage pile…
With the CAT’s anti-competition hearing set to commence with arbitration soon to follow and the Euros and some of the England fans’ ridiculous shenanigans gladly behind us…
I thought I would look locally yesterday for an alternative footballing perspective.
First up was Hartlepool United and Jamie Sterry penning a new two year deal. Jamie came through the ranks at Newcastle United and he was explaining why he had spurned Sunderland’s potential advances to commit himself to Pools for the sake of happiness. Sounds good to me and there was also the added bonus of his reckoning that Sunderland were only a division higher than where he was already at…Happy days.
Next up, was a headline of Sunderland capturing a Championship star.
All their supporters were commenting that the signing of one Corry Evans from Blackburn Rovers was a shrewd bit of business, until one of them asked them all if any of them had ever seen him play….none of them had. Hilarious!
Some of the Mackems you-tubers were also in general despondent mood and were predicting a sixth place finish at best, in what will be their fourth season on the trot in the third tier. They have as much faith in current manager Lee Johnson as they had in their previous boss Phil Parkinson.
I must admit that I afforded myself a wry smile at their current predicament and no one enjoys their current demise more than yours truly.
It has been interesting to see that another former Toon player Sammy Ameobi has rejoined Boro. We loaned him out to them a few years ago and apparently our old boss Chris Hughton has decided Sammy was surplus to requirements at Nottingham Forest. What this says as to the current standard at Middlesbrough is another matter entirely.
So as things stand, as we head into the pre-season friendlies, I do not think any of the three main North-East clubs are set to make any kind of impression next season in their respective divisions.
Takeover or not, Newcastle United are set for another disappointing bottom half finish.
Boro will be mid-table in the Championship and I don’t think Neil Warnock will see the season out.
And last and most certainly least, Sunderland will ultimately be condemned to a fifth straight season in League One under another new manager.
At least Newcastle United will still be top of the garbage pile…
If you would like to feature on The Mag, submit your article to [email protected]