As the international break meanders on, three things are on Sunderland supporters’ minds: the hope that Adam Johnson’s injury has no effect in his availability, the even stronger hope that we get our first Premier win of the season at home to Liverpool on Saturday and the James McClean tweet saga (of which more, indirectly, later) …
Before further discussion of any of that, there is unfinished business.
We offered five free tickets for the Liverpool game – sorry, but as presented to us it was for home fans only – and simply asked readers to give us their thoughts on Martin O’Neill’s dealings in the transfer window.
A few good replies followed, from which I have chosen …
* David Robinson’s long and entertaining response which included his thoughts on Johnson’s signing:
I was also able to now go and buy an England shirt with a Sunderland player’s name on the back, something that would look incredibly tacky, but would grant me additional ‘smug points’ whilst prancing around town
* Ian Park for summing up Monsieur Salut’s view in two words
* Scott for amplifying Ian’s answer:
I was pleased with the Fletcher signing and over the moon when I saw AJ holding up the shirt for the first time but for me the signing of the summer was Sess signing his contract extension. It shows that we now mean business and aren’t just going to let our best players go as easy as we used to. All summer I was waiting for the inevitable “Sess sold” story so when Iheard he had committed to new deal I was ecstatic.
The first two contributions – from David and Ian – win two tickets apiece and Scott gets one, though he deserved two as well.
Click here to read Colin Randall at ESPN Soccernet’s Sunderland pages
The tickets were offered our way by Leslie Dodd,a Sunderland exile in the deep south (Surrey) and result from his friendship with a top dog at Betbutler powered by Worldlink, Worldlink being the official betting and gaming partner for SAFC.
Salut! Sunderland needs to put the winners in touch with Leslie as the intermediary – once again stressing that it bears no responsibiltiy for the arrangements that ensue – and will therefore be emailing them and him.
And James McClean?
M Salut’s view of the duty of respect footballers owe their managers and clubs is well known. Stephen Goldsmith’s excellent analysis of the infamous tweet after McClean played no part in the World Cup game (a wrong-headed omission in itself), and the lively debate that followed, inspired this open letter, to young James himself, at the Sunderland pages of the ESPN FC Football blog … http://soccernet.espn.go.com/blog/_/name/sunderland?cc=5739
feel free to comment on my take, here or there.