Well, as meagre and miserable as it might sound, local bragging rights mean a lot. Especially in a city like Newcastle where the club is so closely connected to the people’s hearts and minds. If Sunderland go down, it may be a long time before they come back up and then we will lose two of our most eagerly-anticipated fixtures of the season.
There would have been far more validity if they’d brought up the ‘hate’ factor when Steve Bruce and Roy Keane were appointed on Wearside, both despised by many United fans long before they arrived to help bring Sunderland to its knees.
We will still bring you the odd transfer ‘story’ if we think it is worthy of some attention, otherwise you can just rely on our daily service bringing you a round-up of all the rubbish transfer rumours.
Brighton have released a statement on their website saying Poyet had been ‘informed by the club’s internal disciplinary panel’ that he was no longer the manager of Brighton. There is definitely something strange going on but could Mike Ashley be interested in a close friend of Dennis Wise’s as our next manager…?