Less than a month ago, the second season of Sunderland ‘Til I Die came out and we bring a Newcastle United perspective of the action.
While a joke could be made about the second season of Sunderland ‘Til I Die dropping on April Fool’s Day, the fact that the Black Cats are still in League One is funny enough. Today, rather than roast Sunderland for losing out in the final moments of their playoff battle for promotion, I will be taking a look at the recent episodes from a Newcastle United perspective regarding ownership changes.
Outside of the obvious focus on frustrated and hopeful supporters, this season of the show was largely focused on two things: new ownership and trying to get promoted out of the third division. Newcastle United have never found themselves that deep on the table, but they have dealt with similar challenges after relegation.
The latest movement in the potential takeover at Newcastle United tied perfectly into this season of the show. Stewart Donald took over for Ellis Short as the owner of the club and that sparked some excitement and optimism from Sunderland supporters. With the potential end of the Mike Ashley era coming soon at Newcastle, the Toon Army would have similar positive thoughts towards Amanda Staveley and the new ownership group.
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Donald tried to be very transparent with the Sunderland community, something that Mike Ashley certainly has not been. One would guess that Staveley would be more open with the public regarding the state of the Magpies and her future ambitions for the club.
Unfortunately, Donald is already looking to sell the club. If the Newcastle takeover comes to fruition, it’s fair to suspect that the new ownership group will not have such a short tenure.
The new ownership group at Sunderland also had to hire a new manager to lead the club in League One. Any new owner at Newcastle United will have to decide on Steve Bruce’s future when they take control as well.
We’ve mentioned here in the past that it is unfortunate that Sunderland is where they are at. It robs Newcastle of their chief rival in the top flight and you never want to see a club struggle that is similar to your own. Of course, we do not want the Black Cats to be better than our Magpies, but we certainly don’t want them to be this far down the English soccer pyramid.