Ken Gambles makes a welcome return to writing action with some thoughts he wish he didn’t feel the need to express …
Following Saturday’s abject defeat with yet two more worthy entries for the Bumper Book of Comic Defending, a number of questions raised themselves.
* what is the point of going to watch Sunderland at present? Performances and results are all too predictable and it’s difficult to see where improvement will come from. The press and message boards, even our own stalwart, Pete Sixsmith, are on the verge of finding something preferable to do with their time
* from my own point of view, I’ll no doubt carry on as I admit I’m locked into it and at 68 feel I might as well keep attending. I can’t however criticise anyone who feels the situation at the club has reached such a point that not attending becomes the favoured option
* what exactly are Ellis Short’s intentions for the club? Plenty of speculation is taking place but from the man himself and his placeman Bain, silence. We all know the debt is huge but how another relegation can ease the position is hard to see and yet with zero money spent on transfers (loans excluded) it would appear that this is what is being accepted.
* The esoteric world of finance is real Alice in Wonderland stuff and I wouldn’t presume to say I fully grasp all the ramifications, but if say the debt is £65m, is it such a huge difference if it were £68 m, which would at least have given Chris Coleman (our only hope) more of a fighting chance than relying on loans of inexperienced players?
* (something we were forewarned about), why is the refereeing in the Championship so abysmal? I’ve seen 22 league games this season and in the overwhelming majority the referees have been poor, very inconsistent in decision-making and often losing authority. They have been so bad that they almost (yes, almost) make Kevin Friend look competent. Who knows what to expect in Division One?
* can we do anything to please the gods of football? Would it be worth praying or paying homage as for the past 15 years they have inflicted on us 19 and 15 point seasons, constant relegation struggles, four home wins in the last 30 or so games and now the prospect of successive demotions.
Please, please give us a break.
* I could go on but just one last question: Billy Jones? [come back tomorrow morning, Ken, and you’ll see our Billy lauded by the Bristol City “Who are You?” interviewee.