Concerns About Sunderland’s Future After Years Of Miracle Escapes

When Newcastle were relegated last May, once Rafa Benitez said he would stay on May 25th the fans were tremendously upbeat because at least we would have a world-class manager helping us back to the Premier League.

Rafa did a great job in the summer last year with the help of Managing Director Lee Charnley and built a new team to get us out of the Championship.

And Rafa has accomplished that quite brilliantly, as the other two relegated sides – Aston Villa and Norwich didn’t even make the playoffs.

Alan Shearer – concerns about the future of Sunderland AFC

Rafa has pointed out that it’s only the second time in the last six years that a team relegated from the Premier League has gained pontoon in  an automatic promotion slot.

That’s when you get promotion without having too many heart attacks in your fan basis – it eliminates any very high pressure playoff games.

The Championship these days has improved immensely since we were last down below seven years ago with clubs very  keen to get promoted to the Premier League and all that money available to them via the massive TV rights deal of £5.1B over three years.

Villa were in disarray in the summer as Rafa carefully and calmly planned his assault on the Championship by bringing in experienced second division players like Matt Ritchie, Dwight Gayle, Isaac Hayden, Mo Diame and Grant Hanley.

But the Black Cats are more like Aston Villa were a year ago and Sunderland, like Villa will also be rock bottom of the Premier League and will likely appoint a new manager in the summer.

This is what Newcastle icon Alan Shearer told BBC Five Live.

“I fear for them Sunderland.” “It’s been a desperately poor season for them.” “When there’s disinterest from the top, at the very top, then I think that’s transferred itself down onto the pitch.”

“I know fans in the region, well come of them, will be gloating because Sunderland have gone down but in reality the derbies are great games for fans to be involved in.”

“And certainly great games for players to be involved in. “But Sunderland have had it coming to them for the last few years, haven’t they?”

“They’ve flirted with relegation for the last three or four years and had a few miracles out there, but it was always going to happen because of the situation that they find themselves in.”

If the Black Cats are to have any chance of promotion next season it’s very important those at the top leading the club get their act together quickly – something they havent managed to do over the last five years or so.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 30, 2017 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #1


  • ShirebrookToon

    Apr 30, 2017 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #2

    Oh poor Sunderland. I’m sorry but I don’t care one bit about the sorry shitty demise. The shite they threw at us on the last day of last season and now we’re expected to feel sorry for them!! Get fcuked. Enjoy life wallowing in the bottom half of the champo ya bunch of 4 fingered hill Billy’s

  • Grafton83

    Apr 30, 2017 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #3

    Don’t care, just happy we seem to have sorted most our problems out

  • catchy in norway

    Apr 30, 2017 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #4

    i’m sorry for them to go down, i love the fortnight around the fixture, and to be honest, next season with DM there it was an easy six points

  • Jib

    Apr 30, 2017 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #5
  • Ron Knee

    Apr 30, 2017 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #6

    CONFIRMED: Sky will NOT show NUFC v Barnsley.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 30, 2017 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #7

    Good riddance!

  • north east lincs toon

    Apr 30, 2017 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #8

    Who cares about Sunlun they rubbed it our faces last year and they will be no where the play offs fcuk em

  • north east lincs toon

    Apr 30, 2017 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #9

    Ron knee says who?

  • lesh

    Apr 30, 2017 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #10

    Ron Knee

    So which games are Sky showing next week?

    Anyway, that awful Radio Newcastle coverage’s available I suppose – or maybe one of the Radio 5s

  • lesh

    Apr 30, 2017 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #11

    Let’s hope that Ashley reads Shearer’s comments. Sunderland’s fate is the result of owner disinterest in building the club and very much following Ashley’s indifference.

    However, Sunlun are skint, have few players of any value to fund rebuilding and look set to languish in the Championship for a few years.

    We were fortunate in that Ashley funded Rafa’s appointment and we have to hope that the two of them have constructive discussions to help Rafa’s rebuilding plans. Let’s hope that he keeps in touch with Rafa and cuts out any dialogue with Carr and clarifies his reporting structure by having him report directly to Rafa. If, that is, Carr remains at the Club.

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 30, 2017 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #12

    Shirebrook I love the description 🙂

  • AncientC

    Apr 30, 2017 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #13

    Craig Bellamy was talking a load of guff on Bein Sports.

    ‘And when asked if the crowd expected too much, Bellamy replied: “You have to embrace it, there’s nothing wrong with that.

    “Is it realistic? Of course it isn’t. They will go up not thinking about relegation or mid-table, they should be a Champions League club – they honestly believe that up there.’

    So Newcastle fans are thinking about qualifying for the Champions League next season. I knew Bellamy had a bit of a reputation, but I didn’t realise he was so dense that he had to make things up to compensate for it.

  • magpie6699

    May 1, 2017 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #14

    Face – hovered?

  • magpie6699

    May 1, 2017 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #15

    predictive text – Bovvered!


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