He kept us up. Anyone who achieved that, given the state we were in under the man we desperately wanted to succeed, deserves credit.
At a guess, I’d say PDC has by now won over most supporters of Sunderland. I have been slagged off for raising my own reservations about his appointment and I have been slagged off for reaching a compromise personal position after his “I am not a fascist” statement.
But now I look forward to seeing what he will make of the start of what we trust will be a full season in charge. One of two players we’d rather like to have stayed will probably be gone by the time of the big kickoff, at home to Fulham, in mid-August. Mignolet already has. We can all hope a few others will be politely shown the door, too.
Who lines up for us in the opening game in anyone’s guess. The transfer market has a long way to go.
Jake’s gallery – the first we have published at Salut! Sunderland – sums up the spirit of revolution and recognises that the jury, or part of it, is still out.