Although Magpies fans have suffered under their own owner, they are delighting in developments down the road on Wearside.
Sunderland are desperate for points, but their manager sees Saturday's clash as any other game, as it is not their derby match.
The Italian has started to find his form at the San Siro.
Chris Coleman says that teams like Sunderland can stay in the Championship this season with fewer than 50 points.
Jeremain Lens was hardly complementary about Championship strugglers Sunderland when fighting to secure a move away from the Stadium of Light.
Championship bottom side Sunderland loaned defender Tom Beadling out to Scottish second tier side Dunfermline Athletic in the January transfer window.
Sunderland are set to take on Middlesbrough on Saturday.
Former Sunderland favourite Jan Kirchhoff looks set to sign for Bolton Wanderers - after the Black Cats' Championship defeat at the Macron.
The last thing Sunderland need is a player of proven quality joining a relegation rival - particularly one who last turned out in their own colours.
Bolton Wanderers delivered a huge blow to Sunderland's Championship survival hopes with a Ben Alnwick inspired 1-0 win at the Macron Stadium.
Sunderland desperately needed to add to their squad to boost their survival hopes.
Sunderland supporters were not impressed with James Vaughan's performance against Sheffield United.
This weekend Chris Coleman's Sunderland pulled off a shocking result when they drew with table-topping Wolves. Now that's done, the real work can begin.