ALAN Pardew is braced for a long wait for the chance of derby redemption with Newcastle United’s fans.
The club’s recent Tyne-Wear record makes for dismal reading on Tyneside.
Supporters angrily turned on Newcastle manager Pardew after February’s 3-0 home defeat to Sunderland.
It was the first time the club had lost a three successive derby games since 1924.
And Pardew knows a fourth defeat to Sunderland would be a disaster for him.
The Premier League last week published its fixture list, and Magpies supporters who had been hoping for an early crack at Sunderland will have been disappointed.
The first derby will be at St James’s Park on December 20.
The game comes after Premier League fixtures against Chelsea and Arsenal for the Magpies.
“The derby obviously has great importance for us and our fans, but there’s a long wait for the first game,” Pardew said.
“It’s a key game for us, we know that, but there’s a lot of games before then. It comes on the back of a tough run.”
Sunderland host their rivals at the Stadium of Light on April 4, though both fixtures could be move for live broadcast.
Pardew’s immediate concern is the club’s ongoing search for striking reinforcements.
Former target Bafetimbi Gomis was last night on the brink of joining Swansea City on a free transfer from Lyon after undergoing a medical with the club.
Gomis has been offered a lucrative three-year contract at the Liberty Stadium.
Newcastle didn’t renew their interest in the 28-year-old because of his wage demands and the fees payable to those involved in the deal.
United’s recent efforts have been centred around Hertha Berlin’s Pierre-Michel Lasogga.
The 22-year-old striker is understood to favour a move to Hamburg, where he spent last season on loan.