Though the summer window has proved rather frustrating for the Newcastle United fans in the Transfer Tavern, the Magpies propping up the bar have been in hysterics today.
That’s because bitter rivals Sunderland are reportedly closing in on the appointment of Preston North End boss Simon Grayson as their new boss, as they prepare for life in the Championship.
Now, that’s not to do the former Leeds United chief a disservice, but it’s fair to say the notion of his arrival at the Stadium of Light is somewhat underwhelming. Especially considering the fact the Toon Army have a certain Rafa Benitez at the helm in the build-up to the Premier League campaign.
With the Toon Army resoundingly beating Grayson’s Preston side three last times last season, it’s fair to say the idea of him taking over the Black Cats has gone down very well on Tyneside.
Considering all of this, here’s a look at how Twitter reacted.
Rafa Benathus they said and now they're gonna get Simon Grayson. Hahaahaha
— CM (@CraigyMul) June 29, 2017
Is Simon Grayson just a Steve McClaren with the tufty island shaved off?
— Geoff Turner (@guffsafc73) June 29, 2017
Sunderland clearly have a long-term plan in mind with Simon Grayson, a manager renowned for getting sides promoted from League One.
— Dan Robinson (@DanWRobinson) June 29, 2017
He's no Simon Grayson that's for sure…. https://t.co/XcHarLuGwD
— Joe (@JoeD_Nufc) June 29, 2017
We kept Rafa Benitez in the championship… Mcinnes turned Sunderland down so they after grayson… Sunluns a massive club #nufc
— Jonny (@Jonathangeldar1) June 29, 2017
— Rob M (@GeordieRobM) June 29, 2017
— Luke Johnson (@Ljonter) June 29, 2017