FANS TELL CATS: STICK YOUR CASH
ODEGAARD’S KOP DREAM
GUS POYET’S shamed Black Cats are ready to fork out £61,000 to say sorry to fans.
But they could face fresh humiliation, with supporters set to tell them to stick their money.
The Sunderland squad will stay good to their promise to refund stunned followers who witnessed Saturday’s 8-0 mauling at Southampton.
But they will only shell-out for the cost of match tickets – and are set to stop short of contributing towards travel costs incurred by the 2,559 die-hards who made the 700mile round trip.
At £24 a ticket, that works out at £61,416 – or £3,412 per player from Saturday’s 18-man squad, less than a day’s pay for the majority of Poyet’s (right) highly-rewarded stars.
Any cash not claimed will be donated to a local charity. Sunderland are a laughing-stock after throwing in the towel on one of the darkest days in their history as they slumped to their worst ever Premier League loss.
But a growing number of fans have called on Poyet’s men to keep their hands in their pockets and make amends with a win over Arsenal on Saturday.
Luke Bowley of fans website The Roker Report said: “The supporters were superb from start to finish and some are demanding a refund. But giving fans their money back doesn’t begin to make up for Saturday.
“It hardly takes away the humiliation that supporters felt.
“The way to make it up to fans is for the players and Gus to learn from their mistakes and go out and give Arsenal a good game.” LIVERPOOL are in the box seat to land Norwegian wonderkid Martin Odegaard.
The 15-year-old midfielder has been linked with Europe’s top clubs after breaking into the Stromsgodset first team this season.
Dubbed the “new Lionel Messi”, the youngster has already been capped twice by Norway.
Odegaard grew up a Liverpool supporter and sources close to the player claim he has his heart set on a move to Anfield.
Kop scouts have been monitoring his progress and saw him score twice in a 2-1 win over Lillestrom.