John McCormick:

John McCormick. reading the past, looking to the future

I’m getting a bit tired of the title (and Monsieur Salut should apologise to any reader lured here by thoughts it was a poll on religion; the word inexplicably replaced relegation in the headline when published and still appeared some time later at the site) .

But just because we have some decent players, led by one of the Premier League’s most experienced managers and backed by a tremendous crowd, we can’t assume we’re safe.

Our record is not good. We’ve been one of the survivors for too many seasons and we can’t take anything for granted. Even now there will be some fans somewhere rubbing their hands as they look at the fixtures and thinking ‘Sunderland, that’s an easy three points’.



And to see how last season’s poll went click here


 For my part I’m finding it difficult to predict who will go down, now that Aston Villa have departed and Mr Ashley has relocated some of his better-paid employees.

History says there will be a newly promoted team relegated, and the smart money will no doubt be on Hull, who I did say two years ago could be destined to be the Premier League’s next yo-yo club.

Some pundits will pick Watford or Bornemouth, on the grounds that second season syndrome is due to strike. That’s an interesting proposition, given that Watford have changed managers and Bournemouth went on a slide, managing only one win (against  a hapless Aston Villa) at the end of last season.

Others will look at Crystal Palace and West Brom, clubs who didn’t set the league alight, and wonder if it’s their year to be found out.

And of course some will look at us.

But what about you? What do you think?

There are no prizes for getting it right but you’re welcome to tell us what you think. You can complete the poll on the left (you can choose up to three teams), and feel free leave a comment at the bottom of the page. If you’re new to the site your comment will be held for moderation but it will be published as long as it doesn’t breach normal rules of decency, libel etc.

If you’re a fan of Hull, ‘Boro or Burnley your views will be most welcome.

I’ll close the poll at the start of the transfer window and probably reopen it just before the season starts.

The results will give me some half-dozen clubs to track by some as yet unidentified method (I know what it will be but I’m keeping it to myself for now) over the season.

Over to you

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13 Responses to “Relegation poll: Middlesbrough, Hull or Sunderland? Arsenal and Manchester Utd? Vote now” Subscribe

  1. David June 13, 2016 at 9:13 am #

    Newsnow had their link as ‘Religion poll’
    Wondered what was going on with salute.

    • salutsunderland June 13, 2016 at 9:35 am #

      Have faith! I spotted that, too, just after posting it, and quickly corrected it. How it happened, the Lord only knows, though it must have been an editing error (ie mine)

  2. David June 13, 2016 at 9:14 am #


  3. Phil D June 13, 2016 at 9:56 am #

    It seems like a religion, at times.

  4. John June 13, 2016 at 11:37 am #

    As a Hull fan who backed my team to be relegated successfully season before last ( winnings helped pay for season ticket in Championship ) I can’t say if Hull will be relegated and no one else can. Reasons being, 1 we don’t know who our manager will be, 2 we don’t know who our owners will be and the consequences of that 3 who our team will be as several have not had contracts renewed. On the basis of the above 3 it don’t look too good, but who knows what will / might happen between now and the season start. Last season I backed Villa, Newcastle and Sunderland to go down ( indivually not as a treble ) and nearly got it right.

  5. Dave June 13, 2016 at 8:13 pm #

    Gone for Boro, Bournemouth and West Brom (heart not head on the last as they are appalling to watch). Last year, mixed results. Predicted Pearson would be sacked early (and he was 1 week later) but that would mean that Leicester would go down, which wasn’t quite so accurate.

    • John Mac June 13, 2016 at 9:14 pm #

      WBA still have Tony Pulis

  6. Eric012 June 14, 2016 at 2:29 pm #

    Without a good first half of the season and plenty of Ighalo goals WATFORD would have slid into the Champs. HULL, like ourselves, will always struggle to attract real quality and start a bit behind everyone else due to the playoffs. It will be a brief flirtation with the Wear Tees derby as MIDDLESBORING will surely struggle. Sorry Smogboy. So there you are: Middlesbrough, Watford, Hull. Ourselves? 14th ish.

  7. smoggie June 14, 2016 at 2:57 pm #

    Middlesboring, by thats clever ericboy, did your mam help you with that one lol Far too soon to start talking about who might do what but I do think Leicester might find theirselves struggling a bit this season, no more breaking eggs with a stick

    • Eric012 June 15, 2016 at 1:41 pm #

      Fixture list does neither any favours Smogster. Far too early for derby days.

  8. smoggie June 15, 2016 at 3:55 pm #

    I dont see where it makes much difference who we play when ericster, we have them all to play sooner or later and it’ll be a grand derby when we come up your place, we might even give you a surprise lol

  9. Peter Sixsmith June 16, 2016 at 9:48 am #

    You might even bring some supporters, Smoggie.

  10. Rob June 18, 2016 at 7:24 am #

    Never had faith in Pardew as a manager. However, recently he seems to have improved. But, the back end of the season would give Crystal Palace cause for concern.
    I think they will be in the mix, as will Watford.
    Allardyce had us playing wonderful at the end of last season, and I see Sunderland having a successful season, and perhaps gaining a top ten position.
    I fear for Boro, and Hull. Not so much Boro, as they have some stability. but Hull are in a transition status.
    Certainly, looking at the votes, Crystal Palace are the team I would add to the mix.

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