Sunderland Fans' Comments Back In 2016 Come Back To Haunt Them
Sunderland supporters have been made to eat their words in a big way.
Back in 2016, when Newcastle were relegated to the Championship after finishing just two points behind their noisy neighbours in the Premier League, their rivals taunted them by reminding them they'd be playing Burton Albion away.
But there's been a role reversal of sorts and it's Newcastle who have earned the right to do the trolling thanks to the mess that Sunderland currently find themselves in.
Sunderland fans in 2016: "Bye Newcastle! Enjoy Burton away"- ODDSbible (@ODDSbible) April 17, 2018
2018: Sunderland fans will be travelling to Accrington Stanley away pic.twitter.com/S5dWBh8mC9
After finally suffering relegation to the second tier under David Moyes in 2016/17, it's been a huge downwards spiral for the Black Cats.
Simon Grayson, appointed as manager in the summer, was sacked after 18 games. Chris Coleman came in as his replacement but the task at hand has been too much for him.
The former Wales boss has won just five games out of a possible 27 and the Black Cats are now pretty much destined for a second relegation on the bounce.
The Wearside club are rock bottom of the Championship, six points from safety with three games to play.
Last season Sunderland were a league above Newcastle.- Shawn (@PashunMerchant_) April 15, 2018
Next season Newcastle will be two leagues above Sunderland. That's mad
While they could well get three points on the board against 23rd placed Burton in their next fixture, the general consensus is that, with games against Wolves and Fulham, they are set for a trip to Accrington Stanley next season.
Newcastle fans:- Football Chants (@FootyFansChants) April 9, 2018
"Sunderland's going down but the Mags are staying up!" pic.twitter.com/E2CpJKZvyL
To make matters worse, Newcastle are looking good for a top half finish and will no doubt be rubbing salt in the wounds.
In fact, Sunderland have been forced to cancel a number of tickets in the away end for the visit of Wolves on the final day of the season after some Newcastle fans apparently ended up getting wind of tickets.
Sunderland have cancelled a number of tickets in the away end for their final game of the season against Wolves after information suggested they had fallen into the hands of Newcastle supporters.- Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) April 18, 2018
It's really not a good time to be a Mackem at the moment...