Scott Sellars played for Newcastle and the great Kevin Keegan for a couple of years from 1993 and he was part of Newcastle’s successful Division One winning side of 1992-1993 when we amassed 96 points in the 46 games and won the league by 8 points from West Ham United.
That was the first season of the Premier League and Division One was the second division in England – now called the Championship.
In that season 24 years ago we won 29 games of the 46 games and lost 9 and finished with a goal difference of +54.
Scott Sellars – while at Newcastle
In that same season Sunderland finished fourth bottom on 50 points and missed relegation by just two points.
Scott, now 50, was asked various questions in the Chronicle including how he thought we would fare this season.
This is how he answered that particular question:
“Ultimately, they have a really good proven manager in place with a proven record,”
“He knows English football and he has worked out a lot about the Championship. I think the Championship is one of the toughest leagues there are, and the toughest I ever played in.”
“There are a lot of games, two or three a week. It’s tough and nobody gives you any respect no matter what you have done.”
“They will be coming at you and you have to be ready for it.” “The acquisitions will help them cope with that.”
“But they have a man at the top who is top class and will prove to be like that.”
Rafa does seem to be quickly working out what’s required to be successful in this very tough league – maybe the toughest league he’s ever managed in.
Scott is now on the Wolves coaching staff and he spent five years as an Academy coach at Manchester City from 2009 before leaving two years ago after a disagreement over the number of young players coming through the Youth Academy at City – not many.