Andrew Pink, from the Square in the Air sports marketing firm, was trying to make me feel better.
He’d sent something about Betway cutting the odds on West Ham finishing in the top six from 18/1 to 14/1 after the appointment of Slaven Bilic as team boss. So where, I wondered, did Dick Advocaat’s return leave us? I told him I’d almost bet on them having us down for the drop anyway, on the basis that betting analysts would reckon we cannot keep getting away with it.
“It’s not all bad news,” came Andrew’s response once he’d lowered his eyes to the prognosis for that far down the table. “Sunderland are 4th favourites to go down….”
So poor old Dick has another relegation scrap on his hands if the bookies are to be believed.
But if we feel a sense of déjà vu at being written off as anything much more than the Fingertips Men – named in honour of what we’re always hanging on by – spare a thought for the newly promoted clubs. Betway has them as the top three for bottom three if you see what I mean.
It runs like this:
9/2 West Brom
Our own supporters, plus fans of the other clubs even higher in the running order, may have something to say about that. Andrew’s list as sent stopped there and being in France means I cannot access certain betting sites. So I am unable to explore deeper and say where our friends up the road are placed in the relegation stakes.
But since I will have drawn in a few supporters of the Championship top three, let me make the annual appeal to those who consider themselves warm, witty or wise – one out of three will do – to volunteer for the Who are You? slots for their teams for next season.
— Andy (@SAFCsource) June 8, 2015
* In other news … thanks to Andy at Twitter for sending me a link to a Romanian site, encouraging me to summon all my linguistic powers (with on of those dodgy Google trandlations) and challenge the pipsqueaks complaining there that Costel Pantilimon needed to be at a “better club”.
This is how I and Google put it:
Pot exista echipe care sunt mai mari decât Sunderland. Pot s? v? asigur c? foarte pu?ine cluburi sunt mai mari. Aminti?i-v?: noi vindem mai multe bilete decât Chelsea. Dac? am început vreodat? câ?tig?toare, am avea nevoie de dou? Podul Stamford a ob?ine toat? lumea în?untru. Pantilimon joac? pentru un club mare! Scuza?i-m? pentru meu Google Român? . Sunte?i bineveni?i s? vizita?i salutsunderland