It is an inquest that will run and run. Salut! Sunderland repeats, without further, unnecessary comment of its own, the statements emanating from SAFC following the Nightmare of St James’ Park:
Niall Quinn, chairman, at the club site …
“It is entirely appropriate that we apologise to our fans.
Whilst acknowledging the hurt that this defeat has caused, I would like to emphasise that everyone at this club will face the music together.
Last night the owner and myself sat and reflected on the day’s events and we are as defiant as ever that this club is going to make progress.
While everybody here is suffering, the players’ hurt must be galvanized into a big performance on Saturday.
I’m not asking anyone to have sympathy for us but we are confident that the solution will be found within the walls of our dressing room. We may have to spend a long time apologising but this entire football club knows that it owes its people right now and for me that is the priority. “
Darren Bent, via Twitter …
“Just wanna apologise to all the fans who went to the game and watched else where. Didn’t go the way we wanted. We are hurting too. We promise too put this right. Starting with stoke next week.”
Steve Bruce. To me (yeah, OK, and to one or two others) …
We’ve got a group of people who will have to apologise.
No excuses. We were beaten well and truly. We were naïve and didn’t handle the occasion at all.
I know it will take a lot to win the fans back over. We’ve let ourselves down and it couldn’t have happened at a worse place.
It was the worst performance since I’ve been in charge.
To come and let that happen at Newcastle is very disappointing for us all. The whole thing accumulated into a terrible afternoon for us.
My message to you is – we apologise.
To witness that is difficult to take and there’ll be a few – me included – who have a repair job and rightly so.
All the best,
Steve Bruce “