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Savage Takes: I don’t want Sunderland’s fans

The truth must be told. And it has been spoken.

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Editor’s Note: Every Saturday (or Sunday depending on the match day) we will be running a feature where we will talk about issues facing the club and football in general in an upfront manner. Political correctness and sugarcoats have no place here. Don’t @ me.

Sunderland’s vestigial fanbase is shrinking. Compare that to the uptick in Newcastle United fans who remained loyal throughout the relegation period, and the Championship title campaign that transpired after. Says a lot about Sunderland’s fans in general.

There’s only one good team left in the North East, and that’s Newcastle United. You heard it here first, and you’ll hear it tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day. Funny how Sunderland was so quick to boast about their safety and our relegation two seasons ago, only to have one of the worst seasons in the history of the Premier League afterwards. The only difference is, our fanbase has always been there.

Sunderland’s is shrinking. And the only good team for them to support now would be Newcastle. It would take some balls for some of them to make the switch. But let me make the message clear:

We don’t want you.

Newcastle United fans are among the most passionate, loyal, and I believe friendly fanbases. Yeah, things get heated, but we didn’t fly a banner over Sunderland’s last match to gloat about their woes. We just sat and laughed hysterically at home because let’s face it: it’s hilarious.

Newcastle United fans are known for loyalty. And while I’m all for attracting new fans to the club to grow the base, and in general, Newcastle’s revenues, it has to be said:

Just not from Sunderland.