Another opening day looms and, by the skin of our teeth, Sunderland kick off a 10th successive season in the Premier League.
The new manager’s post-match e-mails will be given the title of Moyes on the Boys, a clear winner in the recent poll and suggested by a reader signing himself as JEL.
Will it be the Boys minus King Kone? As I write, it is looking grim but inconclusive. I tweeted that SAFC supporters had a right to expect our new manager to be fighting tooth and nail to keep him but if this Northern Echo report is to be believed, that may not be the case.
If we do lose perhaps the best centre back seen in Sunderland colours since Dave Watson, it will be a huge setback and the so far elusive inward business had better be good (though we must hope Moyes has found a gem in Papy Djilobodji).
— Colin Randall (@salutsunderland) August 10, 2016
As for the match at City, we’ll start with a prize Guess the Score – the usual mug, design to suit the allegiance of the winner (in other words, City fans are welcome to enter).
Few neutrals, and perhaps not that many SAFC fans, would give us much chance of upsetting Pep Guardiola on his Premier League debut. But who knows? We have had a good preseason despite the wretched disruption caused by the FA’s long drawn-out pursuit Big Sam and, er, Citeh might just need time to click.
Have a go whatever you feel. Unless we find a sponsor, prize editions of Guess the Score will be rare but it seemed right to dig into the piggy bank for the opener.
Ha’way the Lads …