Lee Congerton's Sunderland Legacy in Transfers

Author: Gmac

Lee Congerton's questionable stint as Sunderland Director of Football hasn't stopped him landing a decent job elsewhere after he was today appointed as Celtic Head of Recruitment.


The former Hamburg Technical Director took over from Roberto De Fanti on 12 March 2014. Following such the disastrous tenure of De Fanti it goes without saying the Congerton did a better job. That's a bit like saying having your eye gouged out with a spoon is better than someone putting a drill through it. Anyway the news at SBAT told us about today's revelations and, yes, maybe I am exaggerating a little with the eye analogy, but what an opportunity this is to look through the signings made under Congerton's stewardship;

Costel Pantilimon - free
A reasonable goal keeper who kept Vito Mannone on the bench for a little while. Much like the Italian, he was prone to mistakes and struggled to distribute the ball particularly well. Sold on for the paltry sum of around £500k.
Signing Rating: 5/10

Jordi Gomez - free
Great a penalties, that's about it.
Signing Rating: 3/10

Billy Jones - free
You would say this was a solid enough signing until you realise he is on £32k per week.
Signing Rating: 3/10

Patrick van Aanholt - £1.5m
Sold for a big profit, so whatever you make of him as a footballer this was a very successful signing.
Signing Rating: 8/10

Jack Rodwell - £10m
Probably the worst signing in the history of football. He's still here. Help.
Signing Rating: 1/10

Will Buckley - £2.5m
Apparently was great in the Championship for Brighton. Definitely did not replicate that in the Premier League. We've been trying to get rid of Buckley pretty much since signing him and the best we can do at the moment is loan him to Sheff Wed.
Signing Rating: 1/10

Sebastian Coates - loan then £2m
I never made my mind up about the Uruguayan, looked good when on loan but questionable after we made the deal permanent. Apparently they love him at Sporting where he at the moment.
Signing Rating: 5/10

Ricardo Alvarez - loan then who knows
Awful when he was here and now it looks like we have failed to bend the loan agreement made and will have to pay for a player we will never own. Well done Sunderland.
Signing Rating: 1/10

Jermain Defoe - swap for Jozy
Probably the greatest transfer in the history of football.
Signing Rating 10/10

Anthony Reveillere - free
Quality player but age was always going to cut his time on Wearside short.
Signing Rating: 7/10

Adam Matthews - £2m
Completely forgot we ever signed this fella. Bristol City fans didn't warm to him. Always injured.
Signing Rating: 1/10

Fabio Borini - £10m
Seemed like a fantastic signing on the day, however in hindsight he is isn't the footballer we thought he was. Or he can't be bothered to be that.
Signing Rating: 4/10

Younes Kaboul - £3m
Sold for the same coin, was great when partnered with Lamine Kone. Great signing, just a shame he could not be persuaded to stay.
Signing Rating: 9/10

Jeremain Lens - £8m
Frustrating footballer. Plenty of quality but no desire and thinks he should be paraded on an open top bus. Told Turkish press he wanted us to get relegated allegedly and we are unlikely to get our money back. Could have been much more.
Signing Rating: 2/10

There is no doubt Congerton managed to pull out a couple of corkers, however much he himself had to do with it - particularly when persuading Toronto FC to swap an actual, quality footballer for Jozy Altidore. However, with mega contracts handed out like 50p mix ups to the likes of Billy Jones, as well as signings like Rodwell and Alvarez, our current financial plight was not helped in the slightest by Congerton and as such it's difficult to dish out any praise to him. 

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