After claims that a ‘significant number’ of Newcastle fans tried to enter the Stadium of Light on Tuesday night, Chris Coleman reckons plenty Mags actually want to see Sunderland back in the top flight – claiming it’s an ‘unsavoury percentage’ of us who are trying to celebrate their potential relegation to League One.
Prior to their 1-1 draw with Norwich on Tuesday night, it was confirmed that they would NOT be operating cash turnstiles for the game (even though they reduced tickets to £1 in a bid to get more Mackems into the SoL), with Sunderland FC fearing that Newcastle fans may turn up to celebrate their impending relegation to League One.
A significant number of Newcastle fans were stopped from entering The Stadium of Light at the club ticket office on Tuesday night. We understand Police issued a number of ‘orders to leave’ to individuals prior to kick off.
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) April 12, 2018
Sky Sports’ Keith Downie has since confirmed that a several NUFC fans did make attempts to go to the game on Tuesday in a bid to mock our rivals down the road, and Coleman has since responded to the idea of us rubbing another relegation in their faces:
“Don’t get me wrong, I want to the see the stadium with as many Sunderland people in there as we can fit, but I get why the club have come to that decision.
“You’re always going to get one team laughing at another, especially if it’s two derby teams.
“All the proper Newcastle fans I’ve spoken to since I moved here have been fantastic with me.
“In any industry there’s a small, unsavoury percentage. The ones I’ve spoken to want to see us back up there because they want to play against us.”
Interesting. So it seems he believes all the ‘proper’ Newcastle fans want to see Sunderland back in the top flight so we can see Tyne and Wear Derby’s again each season?
He makes a valid point (to an extent), but he’s got it badly wrong if he doesn’t think there’ll be more than an ‘unsavoury percentage’ happy to laugh at Sunderland’s demise and imminent drop down into League One.