A third season for Sunderland in League One seems unthinkable. If failure to win promotion last season was a failure, as the owners and then manager Jack Ross admitted would be the case, another stumble would be hard to bear.
Phil Parkinson, working with his inherited squad, has had a patchy start as Ross’s successor, three away defeats mitigated by three home wins, cup ties included. The league part of that short record – two wins, two defeats – is not the stuff of automatic promotion. Without significant improvement, we will remain playoff contenders.
So do we regard tonight’s Leasing.com Trophy (or, put in less ugly form, EFL Trophy) group stage game against Leicester Under 21s and Saturday’s FA Cup first round tie versus Gillingham, both at home, as useful opportunities for Parky to experiment with fringe players – or distractions from the serious task of getting out of this division?
As usual, Monsieur Salut wants Sunderland to win every game played. If it can be achieved without injuries or card accumulation, so much the better.
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Ha’way the Lads.