Newcastle United midfielder Isaac Hayden has questioned the loyalty of Sunderland fans after the Black Cats were relegated from the Premier League, finishing in last position on the standings.
While the Magpies are preparing for a return to the top tier of English football, their Tyneside rivals Sunderland will have to prepare for life in the Championship after a ten year stay in the Premier League.
Despite Newcastle having been relegated last season, their supporters continued to turn out in high numbers to watch them in action in the Championship this season.
Therefore, Hayden doubted that Sunderland fans would do the same, saying, “We have an average attendance of 51,000 for a second division team.
“I don’t believe anybody who gets relegated would get that.Look at Sunderland — would they have that loyalty? Even in the Premier League, when you watched [them at the Stadium of Light] there were red seats everywhere.”