Liverpool legend Phil Thompson outlined on the Gillette Soccer Saturday show on Sky Sports News HQ on Saturday afternoon (broadcast from 12pm, April 16) a key difference between fans of Norwich City and those of Newcastle United and Sunderland.
Norwich, Newcastle and Sunderland are all in danger of getting relegated from the Premier League at the end of the season.
With Aston Villa having already gone down to the Championship, it is very likely that two of the three aforementioned clubs will find themselves in the second tier of English football next season.
Former Liverpool centre-back Thompson believes that Norwich fans are more supportive of their players than those of North East duo Newcastle and Sunderland.
“You look at Sunderland, you look at Newcastle, at home with the passion, the bigger grounds that they have, it’s enormous pressure on them all the time, I feel,” said the former England international on the Gillette Soccer Saturday show on Sky Sports News HQ on Saturday afternoon (broadcast from 12pm, April 16).
“With Norwich fans, I think they are a bit more supportive, they don’t seem to get on the backs as quickly as what sort of Newcastle and Sunderland fans do.”
Perhaps Thompson is right, but can anyone blame the Newcastle and Sunderland supporters for getting on the backs of players?
Norwich are a big club as well, but they got promoted from the Championship only at the end of last season.
If the Canaries go back down, then the fans will understand, as the current squad is not very good.