Sunderland fans react on Twitter as Newcastle name new number nine

Sunderland fans celebrate after the game

Newcastle have named their new number nine and Sunderland fans were quick to mock their rivals.

Sunderland fans celebrate after the game

Newcastle have announced their squad numbers for the upcoming season and Sunderland have been quick to mock their local rivals.

The number nine shirt is very prestigious on Tyneside, with many Newcastle greats donning the jersey. However, Sunderland fans do not see the black-and-white nine in a similar light and have instead used it as another chance to poke fun at their neighbours.

Newcastle United's Jamaal Lascelles in action with Sunderland's Jermain Defoe

Sunderland have had it much their own way in the North East in recent years, their latest triumph coming last season where their victory against Everton confirmed their Premier League status and condemned Newcastle to relegation to the Championship.

In what has been a difficult summer for Sunderland, with the only arrival being that of new manager David Moyes, fans on Wearside have had very little to shout about in the build up to the new Premier League season, ahead of taking on Manchester City on the opening day.

Sunderland manager David Moyes before the match

Newcastle begin their Championship season a week earlier, taking on Fulham in the opening game of this season's Football League. A day before the big kick-off, the Magpies announced that Jamaal Lascelles would be the new club captain, as well as releasing the squad numbers for the season ahead. 

The biggest talking point was the number nine shirt, which was given to new signing Dwight Gayle after it became available when Papiss Cisse departed for China.

Dwight Gayle celebrates after scoring the second goal for Crystal Palace

While Newcastle fans sent messages of support to their new number nine using the hashtag #GayleForce9, the red-and-white faithful took to Twitter to mock their neighbours' obsession with a number.

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