Video: Sunderland fans on relegation and the rise of Newcastle

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez

Sunderland are struggling in the Premier League while Newcastle United are flying in the Championship (notwithstanding Saturday's home defeat against Blackburn).

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez

There has been a complete turnaround at St James' Park since Newcastle United were relegated from the Premier League last season,while their rivals Sunderland maintained their top flight status.

The Magpies are flying high under Rafael Benitez, with the Spaniard guiding them to the top of the Championship. Over on Wearside, manager David Moyes has struggled to steady the Sunderland ship, picking up just two wins from his opening 13 games in charge, leaving the Black Cats bottom of the Premier League.

Relegation has allowed Newcastle to regroup and possibly return to the Premier League stronger - but could it do the same for Sunderland?

HITC went to see what the fans on Wearside think:

Fan responses were fairly mixed, with some thinking relegation might actually be good for the club as it would give them a chance to rebuild its foundations. However, some were concerned that relegation would not have the same affect on Sunderland as it has Newcastle.

Moussa Sissoko celebrates scoring the second goal for NewcastleMoussa Sissoko celebrates scoring the second goal for Newcastle

Over the summer, Newcastle sold Moussa Sissoko, Georginio Wijnaldum and Andros Townsend for big fees, which gave Benitez a lot of money to spend on players that could get them out of the Championship. If Sunderland were to go down, they don't currently have players worth that much money, and therefore might not have enough funds to make the same sort of wholesale changes that Newcastle have made.

No Sunderland fan wants to see the Black Cats relegated, but there some supporters who think it could have its benefits in the long run.

Sunderland manager David MoyesSunderland manager David Moyes

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