With Derby County losing today to Crystal Palace 2-0 that means that both Birmingham and Sunderland claim the automatic promotion spots to the Premiership.
It’s just great that the Newcastle – Sunderland derbies will be back again next season — there are no bigger derbies anywhere.
It wouldn’t be at all surprising if Sunderland do well next year in the Premiership — since it seems likely that Quinn and Keane will look to improve their squad with multiple signings during the summer — so that not only do they survive in the Premiership — but they actually make a push for a high placing — and why not?
Hopefully, as Newcastle fans we have to hope that will spur Newcastle onto bigger and better things — starting with some quality signings in the summer.
There’s no reason why both Newcastle and Sunderland cannot be successful — it will be excellent for the north-east region — and hopefully this will spur Shepherd and Roeder on – to ensure we get in the right top quality players in the summer – to take Newcastle back up the league — where they belong.
The two of them certainly failed miserably to bring in the right players last summer — that must not happen this time around — we have to assume it will not.
Ed Harrison writes on the Newcastle United blog.