By Callum McFadden – @FootballCFB
This article was inspired by Tony Sharkey and the Football Transfer Forum. Follow them on twitter @TransferForum5 and on LinkedIn here – https://www.linkedin.com/in/tonysharkey1
There is no doubting the passion that football fans have in the north east when it comes to their clubs. However, I’d like to take a step back and look at where the clubs in the area were 10 years ago compared to now.
Darlington – Bottom League 2 / 11th National League North
Gateshead – 20th National league / 8th National League North
Hartlepool Utd – 20th League 1 / 9th National League
Middlesbrough – 11th Championship / 17th Championship
Newcastle Utd – 1st Championship / 13th Premier League
Sunderland – 13th Premier League / 8th League 1
Only Newcastle Utd have improved their position whilst Darlington, Hartlepool Utd and Sunderland have drastically declined.
Indeed with all the takeover talk swirling around St James’ Park, for me it is Sunderland AFC that are in desperate need of a takeover. Their fall from grace, ironically filmed in front of a netflix audience, has been a sobering tale of how to not to run a football club.