We are quite sure Steve Bruce is thoroughly fed up with having to send, or have someone send, the weekly e-mail lauding a good performance but more often explaining a bad one. Salut! Sunderland shares his ennui. But we’ve started, so we’ll finish. How often have we had to preface his remarks by negative thoughts? How often has he seemed to be offering the same excuse as last time? And yet after all that, we get the top 10 finish – just, but it counts – that we wanted. It may make some of the end-of-season verdicts look a little different …
We got there and I’m delighted for everyone. It’s our third-best finish in 55 years and that was our aim at the start.
Let’s all enjoy the next week or so but after that it’s back to work and the question is – can we improve again?
That’s what we’ve got to try and achieve – getting the squad bigger and better.
I’m delighted for everyone, especially the travelling fans who came in their thousands despite it being £46 a ticket.
Fair play to them. I’m delighted they’ve seen their team put in an excellent performance and finish the season in 10th.
Bolo came up with a great goal and Stephane has been in really good form.
We have to patient and give him time to settle and he’ll be a big hit for us next year, I’m convinced of that.
Now we need to sit down, bang a few heads together and see how we’re going to go forward because we have to keep improving.
Four years in at the top level, we’ve made steady progress but the next step is always the hardest.
We need to bring new players in, strengthen the squad and build on what we’ve achieved.
I want to sign off by saying thank you to all our supporters for your magnificent support this season.
You have been truly fantastic and everyone at the club is grateful for that.
All the best,