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For our Who Are You? feature, Salut! Sunderland asks the same question of fans of clubs we’re due to play: who will finish in top four, in order, and who will be relegated (the unwritten instruction is “any order” but lots of people make 18/19/20 choices)?
No one so far has suggested Sunderland.
Portsmouth, Hull and Wolves probably get most votes – one day soon I will do the calculations – and there are mentions for West Ham and Bolton.
I used to loathe exclamation marks. Years of working with younger people, and decades of supporting Sunderland, have changed my mind. I now use them all the time. So if asked “can we go down?”, the answer is: “Of course we bloody can! Look at the Premier table! Consider our history!”
A Sunderland-supporting football reporter at a very respectable national newspaper has privately – and publicly, for all I know – expressed concerns. He expects us to drop a few places all too soon and is convinced we are “simply not very good”.
I am torn between thinking we are good or goodish but pretending to be bad, and – yes- admitting that we are “not very good”. I need reassurance. It is unlikely to come on Saturday and that is no disgrace provided we give Chelsea a decent fight.
If we can give them a fight and get one or three points, I’ll be happy enough on Saturday night, but the days of SuperKev and SuperThenDon leading us to 4-2 away at the Bridge are a distant memory.
All that said, I am not mentally equipped for another relegation scrap. Wins against a few of the teams coming up – Everton (a), Portsmouth (a), Wigan (h) and so on – would be grand, and we’ve done it, in the past, versus each of those clubs with weaker sides than we can field now.
Ha’way the Lads, as once explained to a gentleman of the London press by our own Bill Taylor – see comments on the posting before this, about the 1973 FA Cup final.