You don't change a winning side. But it looks like we are about to.
Sunderland travelled to the East Midlands to take on Derby County in Sky Sports' Good Friday late kick off.
ALRIGHT...alright! You got us. Li Tie is not going to be Sunderland Emperor, Sunderland doesn't have an airport, no Chinese consortium is taking over (that we're aware of) and, yes, John O'Shea doesn't speak Mandarin. However...
Earlier this morning WAW exclusively revealed via social media that the club's take over saga is near completion. More details below on this morning's explosive news.
Birmingham's untimely back-to-back wins have made Sunderland's victory all the more important. Had we lost, we'd be eight points adrift and effectively relegated.
Vroom. Ping. Ahh. Tick tock. Wallop. Oof. Awooga. Awooga. Awooga. What am I on about? Nee idea. Just like I have nee idea how last night happened.
Yet another suspension and an untimely injury for Joel Asoro means we're guaranteed to see at least two changes from the side that surrendered so typically to Preston.
Towards the end of February 1997, Sunderland were among a cluster of teams fighting to pull themselves clear of the Premier League’s relegation zone. Two divisions below, a striker in his early 20s called Kevin Phillips had just returned to action for Watford following a year out injured.
Another week goes by and another defeat. The sad thing is, I wrote that opening line in my head even before a ball was kicked against Preston on Saturday – such is the predictability of it all.
At 20 league games, we compare Chris Coleman’s start as boss to previous Sunderland managers.