Are the cigars out? It’s a testament to how far the club has progressed in recent years that this season is deemed a huge failure, writes Stephen Goldsmith. A failure of sorts, anyway. Sucessful survival campaigns have been celebrated in my era of growing up supporting Sunderland, and I much prefer it that we’re at a place where heavy investment seems regular and Premier League football is the minimum of expectations. There’ll be a final podcast of the season next week, where our investigation of the crap we’ve witnessed (for what that’s worth) will get underway.
For now though, we concentrate loosely on the crapness we witnessed last Sunday, as the players failed to grab three points that would have saved us all from watching the Arsenal game and hyperventerlating every time Wigan got their foothold on the game. Poor Wigan, there’s a side that didn’t deserve to go down. Even Michael Owen tweeted as much. God help us listening to him co-commentate next season, it may even make us wish for more of Andy Townsend. Ok, I take that back. God knows who is the less of the two evils in that particular match up. It doesn’t bear thinking about.
Wigan didn’t deserve to stay up, by the way. We have more points and beat them twice. Anyway, I’ve gone off on one. On this week’s podcast:
- Former Sunderland player Martin Smith makes comparisons between the job Di Canio had to do and that of when Peter Reid first arrived.
- We hear from Paolo Di Canio
- As always, we have the ramblings of Gareth Barker to cope with.
- We’re joined by Alan Fisher, creator of Tottenham on my mind blog ( http://tottenhamonmymind.wordpress.com/ who gives us the Spurs perspective of this Sunday’s game. It’s still important to them, remember.
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