Leeds and Wednesday are two of the biggest clubs of England, but they have been stuck in the Championship for a number of years now.
Newcastle and Sunderland have been struggling in the Premier League for a few years now, and both are currently in the relegation zone.
“We’ve seen the demise of Premier League clubs in Yorkshire, with Hull going down last year, and Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday becoming marginalised,” the former England international wrote in The Telegraph.
“When I was growing up, trips to Elland Road and Hillsborough were among the biggest. They were FA Cup semi-final venues. They had a big club feel, as did Middlesbrough, Newcastle and Sunderland.”
“Children today wouldn’t think of Leeds United as a great football club,” added Neville. “Or Sheffield Wednesday.
“Current trends suggest Newcastle and Sunderland may be heading in that direction. In 10 years' time their great histories may seem irrelevant.”
Many Newcastle and Sunderland fans will disagree with Neville’s dark forecast, but is it that impossible to think in the coming years these two great clubs could become ‘irrelevant’?
Not so long ago Leeds were playing in the Champions League; now they are an also-ran in the Championship.
Even Newcastle enjoyed European football during the Premier League era; now they are struggling for survival in the English top flight.