‘Pun­dits’ don’ even less app

Sunderland Echo - - The Roar! -

There is an adage that suc­cess has many fa­thers while fail­ure is an or­phan. The say­ing is prob­a­bly at­trib­uted to some­one clever who died yonks ago. I can’t be both­ered to find out whom. This is a footy col­umn.

Fur­ther­more it isn’t even true. Fail­ure has as many an­tecedents as suc­cess.

Fail­ure at Sun­der­land has an in­or­di­nate num­ber of fa­thers – and a min­i­mum of one mother – and you might think it rea­son­able to at­tach at least some cul­pa­bil­ity to the play­ers.

Not so, said the eas­ily con­fused Bolton de­fender, Karl Henry who, straight up, blames the sup­port­ers.

Af­ter his side’s re­cent draw on Wear­side, he bur­bled: “It’s a toxic at­mos­phere for the home team. I wouldn’t want to be a player here with those fans.”

There are chil­dren in this world who may well live through two Christ­mases be­fore one Sun­der­land home win. Karl seems to have trou­ble grasp­ing the fact that this sort of statis­tic tends to leave pay­ing cus­tomers feel­ing just a mite cheesed off.

But don’t worry Karl. I’ve watched you a few times and you can be as­sured that the glad­ness you feel at not play­ing for Sun­der­land is re­cip­ro­cated.

How­ever, apart from the play­ers, who else is not to blame? Ap­par­ently, the last-bu­tone man­ager.

We would pre­fer to for­get about David Moyes and his spec­tac­u­larly in­com­pe­tent stint at Sun­der­land. But we aren’t al­lowed even that small plea­sure.

If his ap­point­ment at West Ham last week seems in­ex­pli­ca­ble, his ac­com­pa­ny­ing belly­ach­ing about how ter­ri­ble Sun­der­land were to him was com­pletely pre­dictable.

He says he “had a great year” at Real So­ciedad be­fore they ... er ... gave him his cards for poor

For­mer man­ager David Moyes.

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