Paul Merson has told TalkSPORT that he believes Newcastle United would now rather play at the Stadium of Light than at home.
Newcastle’s own supporters have become increasingly frustrated with their side’s failure to move away from the relegation zone, and the atmosphere at St. James’ Park is now toxic.
Steve McClaren is having to face the brunt of supporters’ criticism, but the players have hardly been protected from the anger on Tyneside.
Newcastle supporters were audibly angry at their side, as they fell to a 3-1 Bournemouth last weekend.
And Merson claims that Newcastle would now prefer to play at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light than at their own ground.
“I watched Newcastle’s game on Soccer Saturday, and I just can’t see how they can stay up,” Merson said. “I think it’s impossible. Sunderland will be licking their lips about going there. I think Newcastle would much rather play at the Stadium of Light than at home.
“Newcastle fans seem to think whatever McClaren does isn’t right. He took off Dummett after 15 minutes, and he was injured, and the crowd went mad. They went mental. You knew it had to be made, but the crowd went mad - I mean, absolutely ballistic.”
Newcastle supporters’ frustration has been growing for a number of years, but it is threatening to spill over this season.
McClaren’s future at the club is up in the air, but at the moment the former England boss remains in charge.
Newcastle’s next match comes against top of the table Leicester City, and they will be required to improve considerably if they are to get any points at the King Power Stadium.