I’m getting a bit tired of the title (and Monsieur Salut should apologise to any reader lured here by thoughts it was a poll on religion; the word inexplicably replaced relegation in the headline when published and still appeared some time later at the newsnow.co.uk site) .
But just because we have some decent players, led by one of the Premier League’s most experienced managers and backed by a tremendous crowd, we can’t assume we’re safe.
Our record is not good. We’ve been one of the survivors for too many seasons and we can’t take anything for granted. Even now there will be some fans somewhere rubbing their hands as they look at the fixtures and thinking ‘Sunderland, that’s an easy three points’.
| For my part I’m finding it difficult to predict who will go down, now that Aston Villa have departed and Mr Ashley has relocated some of his better-paid employees.
History says there will be a newly promoted team relegated, and the smart money will no doubt be on Hull, who I did say two years ago could be destined to be the Premier League’s next yo-yo club.
Some pundits will pick Watford or Bornemouth, on the grounds that second season syndrome is due to strike. That’s an interesting proposition, given that Watford have changed managers and Bournemouth went on a slide, managing only one win (against a hapless Aston Villa) at the end of last season.
Others will look at Crystal Palace and West Brom, clubs who didn’t set the league alight, and wonder if it’s their year to be found out.
And of course some will look at us.
But what about you? What do you think?
There are no prizes for getting it right but you’re welcome to tell us what you think. You can complete the poll on the left (you can choose up to three teams), and feel free leave a comment at the bottom of the page. If you’re new to the site your comment will be held for moderation but it will be published as long as it doesn’t breach normal rules of decency, libel etc.
If you’re a fan of Hull, ‘Boro or Burnley your views will be most welcome.
I’ll close the poll at the start of the transfer window and probably reopen it just before the season starts.
The results will give me some half-dozen clubs to track by some as yet unidentified method (I know what it will be but I’m keeping it to myself for now) over the season.
Over to you