A false dawn for Sunderland and rebirth of Newcastle United?

England XI's manager Sam Allardyce celebrates winning the match

The mood at the two clubs is very different.

Sunderland fans celebrate after the gameSunderland fans celebrate after the game

There was elation at Sunderland at the end of the season as they earned survival in the Premier League at the expense of their rivals Newcastle United.

It was a victory for Sam Allardyce and a chastening experience for Rafa Benitez, who was brought in with 10 games to go to try and save the Toon.

Yet in mid July the mood at the two clubs is very different, with Newcastle being the club with the feelgood factor.

Newcastle manager Rafael BenitezNewcastle manager Rafael Benitez

Newcastle managed to hold onto Benitez, and have been active in the transfer market, beginning their rebuild. New faces arriving have lifted the support, and created a situation where if so-called star players leave, they will simply cash the cheque and move on without bother.

At Sunderland it is very different, with Sam Allardyce expressing his frustration at the lack of deals.

The club have not signed a single player all summer, and Allardyce told the club's official website: "Hopefully the fans will be a little bit patient, but I have to admit myself that my patience is wearing thin - very, very thin indeed.”

In the background, Allardyce has been strongly linked with taking the vacant England manager's job, a role he has been connected to with repeatedly over the past decade, but this could be his last chance, with The Guardian reporting he is set to be interviewed this week.

England XI's manager Sam Allardyce celebrates winning the matchEngland XI's manager Sam Allardyce celebrates winning the match

Allardyce taking the England job and walking out on Sunderland would be a disaster for the Black Cats, who finally saw the promise of stability and a chance to move forward, rather than the merry-go-round of coaches which have come and gone through recent years with continuous relegation battles.

Yet Sunderland are not doing much to keep him around in terms of their transfer activity. And meanwhile fellow north-east side Middlesbrough have need snapping up players left right and centre, with big name arrivals Victor Valdes, Maarten de Roon, and potentially Alvaro Negredo incoming.

Sunderland fansSunderland fans

Newcastle may be on the outside looking in from the Championship, but if they can rebuild this summer then they could be in a better place than Sunderland in a year's time, especially if Allardyce leaves.

This is just a moment in time, and everything could change quickly, but the feelgood factor is very much alive at Newcastle.

Sunderland need a pick me up, whether that be new signings or Allardyce committing his future, otherwise their stay in the Premier League last season could prove to be a false dawn of hope.

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