Sack it off & go support Hartlepool next week instead? Sunderland in total disarray; but what now?

There's anger in the air again this evening as the fall-out from Sunderland's latest humiliation con

by Brandon_Rawlin Saturday, 13 January 2018 05:25 PM Comments
There's anger in the air again this evening as the fall-out from Sunderland's latest humiliation continues. Is there really any chance of avoiding relegation to League One? And should we all club together and stay away in protest next weekend?


Men against boys - and boys who can't stop embarrassing themselves; this time for the nation to witness as Sunderland humiliated themselves in Wales live on Sky Sports this afternoon. The time for naval gazing and blaming the mistakes of the last 10 years is surely over. Someone needs to pick this club up and fix it. 

Chris Coleman would ordinarily have a chance of arresting Sunderland's desperate plummet towards League One, but without an injection of cash, an overnight change in squad mentality and a healthy dose of luck, the Championship's bottom side will not be playing in this division next season. 

Because this is a club where the usual rules simply don't apply. Affording your want-away record-signing the opportunity to put himself in the shop window and attract a suitor live on TV would ordinarily have made sense. But not so for Sunderland, and not so for Didier Ndong. 

One of those who haven't wanted to be here for months, Ndong could possibly count himself a little unlucky to receive his marching orders against Cardiff today - if he really cares enough to dwell on it. A lengthy call to his agent with a 'get me out of here' plea is more likely occupying his mind on the trip back north this weekend. 

There's an engulfing feeling of hopelessness amongst the Sunderland support now. We've tried changing manager umpteen times and despite their best efforts and fighting talk, a sticking plaster affixed to the open sore of Ellis Short's miserable club just isn't going to heal anything. 

If - and when - Sunderland do succumb to the drop, selling Jordan Pickford and then Vito Mannone and signing two hopeless goalkeepers in their place will be highlighted as one of the major reasons the club dipped into English football's third-tier for the second time in its history. 

Robbin Ruiter may have kept the Black Cats in the game in the first half today but it was another 'keeping error which opened the floodgates. After seeing Jason Steele almost in tears when he was afforded a chance to impress at Middlesbrough last weekend, it's impossible to see this goalkeeping crisis ending without a fresh stopper arriving this month. 

But it's the midfield and inability to take the play to an opposition which continues to heap pressure on the weak-minded behind them who then crumble under pressure. 

Lynden Gooch huffs and puffs but his decision-making is awful and the attacking midfielder has no end product. George Honeyman looks tidy and work-manlike in the middle but shoving Marc Wilson alongside him again as a holding body looked a terrible selection decision. Considering the centre-half is incapable of performing a pass or retaining possession he didn't last long out there. Lee Cattermole's half-time introduction in his place only served to usher in another embarrassing second half however. 

Chris Coleman needs some cash and some new players - this week. Because next Saturday it's a six-pointer against Hull, and lose that and it will start to look all over. Unless Ellis Short and Martin Bain act this week it really will be time to start pulling the curtains anyway. 

There is a neighbouring club in a worst state than Sunderland of course - Hartlepool United. Facing the threat of administration they face Wrexham at home next weekend, reportedly needing to find £200,000 to stay in business. Talk of protest is once again in the air up in Wearside - are we all not better off sacking off the game at the Stadium of Light next weekend and heading to offer 'Pools some support instead?