Paying up is food for thought
The Black Cats may have been living in the lap of luxury these last few seasons – but it seems their paws are now firmly back on the ground.
The revelation by new SAFC’smanager Jack Ross that the first team squad now pay for their own meals at the club’s Academy of Light training base is indicative of the changes, not just financial, sweeping what was once a bloated Premier League club.
Sunderland have had to cut costs across the board following successive relegations but Ross said he was keen to bring in this change as it was common practice at his previous clubs and boosted morale.
And the manager insists there were no complaints when the changes were made following his summer appointment, with the first team also happy to help cover the cost of their younger academy team-mates.
“It is is fairly common place at most clubs, certainly has been at the clubs I have worked at – both as a player and as a manager.
“We tweaked that this year [at Sunderland] and there were no complaints, if you eat in a restaurant then you understand why. You get value for money in that sense.
“The players took that on board no problem and the fact they have helped out the younger lads, the U18s with some of that cost, is good.
“Sometimes it is something people don’t always see – players aren’t all that bad, honestly!”
It may be a small item to highlight but it is refreshing to see a down-to-earth approach at an institution that over the last few years had obviously lost touch with reality.
Of course success on the field is ultimately what matters, but it is still nice to read about players who regard it as an honour to play for a club with a massive fanbase, great stadium and first-class facilities rather than the other way round.