Newcastle against Sunderland is traditionally one of the most fiercely contested derby games in the England so it may come as little surprise that instead of congratulating Sunderland on a well won victory last weekend, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has opted to aim a subtle swipe at his club’s fiercest rivals as reported by The
Newcastle had the chance to progress to the semi-finals of the Europa League if they were able to overturn a first leg defeat to Benfica, and Pardew took a risk in fielding a strong team only three days before his side were due to play their local rivals in a season where both are battling against relegation; a risk which didn’t pay off as not only did Newcastle fail to progress in Europe, they also suffered a humiliating 3-0 loss at home to Sunderland.
However, Pardew remained adamant that competing in Europe at all means that Newcastle are still the top team in the North-East despite the recent loss.
Pardew said: “It was a great day for Sunderland, and it was, for us, a tough day. But I would rather play and give it a good go in the quarter-final of the Europa League, and they can only dream of that.”
“Next year, there’s always another game – and you know, in these games and in a managerial career, you get setbacks that are really not nice that you have to carry.”
“For us, it’s done, it’s history. We have to always carry it, like they have all the defeats we have put on them, so we will move on.”
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