HONEY’S STICKY SEASON ENDS IN DESPAIR
HOMEGROWN midfielder George Honeyman admits Sunderland’s calamitous relegation to League One will linger in his thoughts for a long time.
Sunderland became just the third team in the last 25 years to suffer back-toback relegations from the Premier League to the third tier as a result of their 2-1 loss at home to Burton last week.
The Black Cats had won only six times in the league going into Friday night’s match at Fulham.
After taking over from Simon Grayson last November, manager Chris Coleman has been unable to stop the rot at the Stadium of Light and his club faces third-tier football for the first time in 30 years.
Honeyman said: “For me to play my first full season for Sunderland and be in a team that’s been relegated from the Championship is something that’s always going to live with me.
“I was desperate for it not to happen, but I obviously wasn’t good enough and we all haven’t been good enough.
“Obviously we’ve got to learn from it, but it feels all too late for that.
“I didn’t see the banner at the (Burton) game saying that we’re the worst team in the club’s history, but that sort of stuff is going to linger with me for the rest of my life.”
It’s certainly not how Honeyman would have wanted to remember what has been a breakthrough year for the 23-year-old, who has featured in all but two of Sunderland’s league games.
He is now desperate to be part of a team the club’s fans can be proud of, saying: “If you’re putting in a good performance and playing well, they’re better than any set of fans.
“If you’re not playing well then it’s a tough place to play, but if you can’t handle it, don’t be here.”
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