Black Cats lack an inch of self respect, Toons were better value
SUNDERLAND are the most pointless club in football. What a complete waste of a Premier League place they are.
In fact, the sport would have been better served if Sunderland had been relegated last season and Newcastle had stayed up instead.
It appears from the outside that they make no effort to stay in the Premier League, let alone bother to try to do anything in the actual thing. Jermain Defoe – the club’s best player by a country mile – must be crying his eyes out every night at the sheer misery of it all. Because that is what it is with Sunderland; complete unadulterated misery. There is not one jot of joy within their DNA.
And before fans get all precious and start whining that you are a big club etc etc and no one appreciates or loves football like those in the north-east, it is you we all feel sorry for. This season alone Sunderland’s average attendance is 41,845. That is the sixth highest in the Premier League.
Tell me why those who run this sad excuse for an organisation deserve such unconditional love, such unrelenting support? It is quite unfathomable.
And how much longer can David Moyes continue as manager? While the dog’s dinner of the Black Cats is hardly his fault, surely he is one of the most overrated managers in existence? Why go for him after Sam Allardyce? What could possibly have been on his CV that stood out? Won nothing with Everton. Sacked when found out of his depth early on at Manchester United. Sacked at Real Sociedad.
You can imagine the Sunderland hierarchy rubbing their hands together at such mediocrity: ‘I know – let’s appoint him’. What goes on in that Sunderland b o a r d r o o m? What standards are they setting t hemselves? What goals? Because from the outside looking in, there does not appear to be anything resembling ambition whatsoever.
They are bottom of the Premier League. They have two points from their 10 games – almost a third of the season – courtesy of two draws against Southampton and West Brom.
Following their 4-1 thrashing by Arsenal on Saturday, book- ies were keen to dish out odds on them to finish the season with less than the record lowest points total of 11, set by Derby in the 2007-08 season. Moyes described that as ‘damning’. Damning? The biggest dose of reality there ever was more like.
You just cannot see where their first victory is going to come from. They face Bournemouth away on Saturday, then Hull. With Mike Phelan’s struggles since taking the job permanently, that might be their best chance of notching a win before next year; their matches after that are Leicester, Swansea, Chelsea, Watford, Manchester United and Burnley.
But let’s be honest, their perennial struggle has become boring. That drab story of will they won’t they survive is tired and stale. No more re-runs please. It must come to an end.
Ne w c a s t l e would at least have competed. Rafa Benitez would have caused a few surprises. But Sunderland?
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