According to Sunderland’s new Executive Director Charlie Methven, Newcastle are an ‘arrogant club’ who ‘seem to think they are special’.
This comes after his appearance on a Sunderland fanzine this week, not long on from him playing a big part in Stewart Donald’s £40m takeover on Wearside – and this seems like an attempt to get the Mackems on his side from the off.
Here is what he said:
“For some reason I’ve always had an antipathy towards Newcastle.
“I mean that wasn’t a determining factor in this, but it does mean 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, and they don’t understand that every club is special.”
Relegation to League 1, a non-league owner and hiring Ross County’s manager would make you think Sunderland would lie low for a while and focus on rebuilding the total mess they find themselves in.
But, as always, they like to focus on Newcastle – it just seems odd to do it when we have just finished in the top half of the Premier League and on the back of their own problems.
It lacks a bit of class and if the shoe was on the other foot I wouldn’t want Newcastle owners focusing on Sunderland in their press conference. Get your own house in order before you try and sling some mud our way and, in the meantime, I am sure there are some glamorous away days to enjoy next year.
As they revelled in our relegation, football has a funny way of coming back to bite you.