For Paul Summerside, the time is right to wish a happy 2018 to all at Salut! Sunderland and its Facebook page – and to reflect on “Groundhog Day. 2017 revisited”. It’s hardly an open letter to Ellis Short, more a quick reminder that if we set aside changes in personnel, what is needed now if Sunderland are to avoid a humiliating drop into the third tier is pretty much what was needed a year ago …
Different year … same SAFC.
* our chairman was told in the summer our relegated squad needed an experienced old school manager. So Simon Grayson was appointed, but with a negligible budget
* our chairman was told by Grayson that we have a top six squad getting bottom six results
* our chairman was told that the players mustn’t be trying for the manager. So the inevitable sacking happened
* our chairman was told to invest in a young manager, used to playing a style of football which suits the squad, a style with no style but one that gets results. So smash and grab expert Chris Coleman was appointed
* our chairman is being told we have improved as a result of this
In fact, under Coleman we are only marginally better than under Grayson. We remain a bottom six relegation-threatened side [rock bottom after Birmingham’s win at Reading – Ed]
The common denominators are:
1 the squad
2 what the chairman is being told by his closest advisor
Well I’m telling you this, Ellis, your squad is paper thin and riddled with 5/10 players who occasionally get a 7/10.
Chris Coleman has hope, belief and crowd support but desperately needs financial support in January.
My advice for 2018 is identical to that of 2017….
1 stop listening to Martin Bain
2 invest in CC and give him the four players he needs
….or relegation beckons
And for a few moments of distraction, whu not have a go at guessing the score in Saturday’s early kickoff, the FA Cup third round at Boro? There’s a prize as usual for the winner …