FANS TELL CATS: STICK YOUR CASH

ODE­GAARD’S KOP DREAM

Midweek Sport - - SPORTS - By JA­SON MEL­LOR

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.

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