Paul Summerside is in grumpy mood

How many of the 26,000 fans who turned up for another rotten Sunderland display will be back for the Bristol City and Bolton matches at the end of the month? A good win at Brentford would do wonders for everyone’s morale. Would it placate Paul Summerside? Sorry to be negative but what reason do we have to be otherwise, however improbably it is to think Paul’s wish for four new players in January will be fulfilled, except by spreading very thinly the crumbs Grayson might be allowed from the cut-price sales of Kone and/or Ndong? What follows is short and not very sweet … …

Pete Sixsmith
was absolutely spot on in his appraisal of what an afternoon at the Stadium of Light has now become.

I see no way forward other than removing the tactically inept Grayson (once he’s had his 15 games to appease people who think he’s actually capable, and not at fault in any of this mess).

Next move is to ensure (by whatever means possible) the next manager is allowed to buy four experienced championship players in January.

A combination of the above should provide an upturn in results, feeding into an upturn in returning fans, feeding into support for the players, feeding into confidence, feeding into performance, feeding into results.

Like a fast breeder nuclear reactor, the once buoyant mood at Sunderland CAN be resurrected.

But only if Short-Bain make changes now, and there Ladies and Gentlemen is the problem.

Failure to change the current set up WILL lead to Sunderland being relegated to League one in front of 10,000 fans.

The clock is ticking….

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  1. Drummer October 16, 2017 at 4:54 pm #

    This is probably my lowest point as a Sunderland fan and yes , I remember the Mackemenemy era . A disinterested owner, a useless manager ,inept playing squad, a punch drunk fan base and we’re free falling into Div 1.I now hear the mags are up for sale and there’s no smoke without fire. Absolutely gutted at all of it .

  2. Jeff Bell October 16, 2017 at 5:02 pm #

    The problem is I can’t hear the clock ticking, it just is and we all know it. As last year when we left the Premier League with barely a wimper we are doing the same in the Championship.
    Grayson is a lovely guy but he’s just not getting anything out of these players who should be good enough to get at least mid table and there is no evidence to suggest he has any technical naunce at all.
    PDC, come back and put some backbone back into the team…….please.

    • Neil October 17, 2017 at 6:45 pm #


  3. Mel October 16, 2017 at 6:38 pm #

    The eternal optimist I have been watching since 1958 and when it’s in the blood it’s there to stay we started well and Grayson did well with who he brought in in the summer for the money he had to spend unfortunately just like the beginning of last season we have been unlucky with injuries but the positive is Grayson is a fighter and with the return of grabban, McNair,Maja ,whatmore, and the fact mcgeady is scoring we just need the likes of kone, ndong, catts,to step it up and Reuter back between the sticks coupled with honeyman, Williams,O’Shea, mcnannaman we have a good squad to eat this league a few more additions in January and Mark my words we will not be far away

  4. AJM6730 October 16, 2017 at 8:42 pm #

    Wish I shared your optimism, Mel.
    Quarter of the season gone and in the bottom three. Hardly look like scoring other than McGeady and how long before he picks up another injury. Sold two decent keepers in the summer and neither replacement instills confidence.
    Grayson seems to disappoint with every match day team selection, though can’t help injuries. But he could set a team up to attack. Always seems to be defend,defend and hope to get lucky. Constantly playing catch-up.
    I too have been going for 50 yrs and this is more depressing even than the late 80’s.
    Short has managed in less than 10 years to bring to its knees a club that has been going since 1879.
    The fans are punch drunk and absolutely sick of it.
    Watch attendances dwindle even further when those season card holders like me, who decided to give it one more go in the Championship, finally throw in the towel.

  5. 23 Cornwell Street October 16, 2017 at 9:42 pm #

    This is getting serious,this team has no idea on where its going,the players are just not good enough to win matches home or away,the news is that the club has talked to Alladyce and he will be given enough money in January to get us out of this mess,but i’m confident that at least we will be playing better football than Graysons tactics.3 good signings,a goalkeeper,attacking midfielder and a big strong centre forward.As for the deadwood,lets have a good bonfire night and burn our rubbish….. Keep the Faith

    • Drummer October 17, 2017 at 4:35 am #

      I hope your Allardyce rumour is true,but I’d be amazed if he or any competent manager would want to work under the current regime. The only way we stop the rot is under new ownership and that’s a gamble in itself.

      • William C October 17, 2017 at 10:27 am #

        Radio 5 Live Sportsweek played an interview with Sam last Sunday morning and he didn’t give any hint of an approach from any club. He did however, rule himself out of the Scotland Manager job [ he backed Moyes? ] and did say that he might at some point want to get back into club management – if the situation was right for him.

        I must confess that I am very worried about our present position, and I think we could find our selves in free fall if we don’t start getting some points on the board soon.
        The Championship is a very tough league to compete in, and our present squad don’t show much evidence that they are up for a battle.

        We need a Brian Clough!

  6. Charlie the bee October 17, 2017 at 11:26 am #

    I don’t know what’s wrong at Sunderland but something is rotten at the core of the club if you can’t beat that rubbish qpr good luck after Saturday you need it ???

  7. david miller October 17, 2017 at 11:39 am #

    Allardyce will probably go to Everton. More money, more kudos.

    If he didn’t, by several accounts, intend staying with us because funds weren’t forthcoming, and despite having a team of world beaters compared to this lot, then he will not return.

    And, given the chain of events he started, I wouldn’t welcome him back.

    • david miller October 17, 2017 at 6:31 pm #

      Look maybe he’ll take the Leicester job.

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