Alan Shearer has warned Newcastle United fans that Sunderland's relegation to the Championship may not be a good thing, because Tyne-Wear derbies will still not be played, reports the Sunderland Echo.
It has been a disastrous campaign for the Black Cats, whose relegation was sealed after their 1-0 defeat against Bournemouth at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.
Shearer said that it is a great shame that there will be no Tyne-Wear derbies next season after Newcastle's promotion and Sunderland's relegation: " I fear for them (Sunderland). It's been a desperately poor season for them."
He also blamed chairman Ellis Short for Sunderland's demise: " When there’s disinterest from the top, at the very top, then I think that’s transferred itself down onto the pitch. I know fans in the region, well come of them, will be gloating because Sunderland have gone down but in reality they (derbies) are great games for fans to be involved in, and certainly great games for players to be involved in."
"But Sunderland have had it coming to them for the last few years, haven't they? They’ve flirted with relegation for the last three or four years and had a few miracles out there but it was always going to happen because of the situation that they find themselves in."