Tim Cahill been shunted off to New York. Howard Webb is demoted to pub league football, or whatever is deemed his punishment for stopping Sunderland being four-up at half time against Newcastle, and no other referee in the world will surely, ever again, fall for the Leon Osman penalty trick.
That still leaves the small matter of how we actually win when playing Everton.
Over to the Salut! Sunderland jury, members of which may be supporters of either side or neither, to have a stab at the right score in SAFC v Everton, PDC’s home venue as head coach.
Be the first to get it right before kickoff and a prize will be heading your way. It will be £1m or a Salut! mug, depending on the site’s revenue between now and Saturday.
So be a mug. Guess the score …
* And see the Everton ‘Who are You?’: https://safc.blog/2013/04/sunderland-v-everton-who-are-you-reidy-was-my-boyhood-hero/
See also: M Salut previews the match a ESPN: http://espnfc.com/blog/_/name/sunderland/id/1429?cc=5739
My forecasting skills are zero, so no predicted scoreline I offered would carry much authority. I would simply say that if PDC can keep the players’ spirits high as they approach kickoff, and consolidate the post-Martin O’Neill belief that defending does not always need to be done so deep that attacks become laboured and rare, Sunderland could take one more important step towards safety.