See ya lads; no one can be disappointed if a bus load of Sunderland first teamers leave immediately

I can count on one hand the number of Sunderland players I'd be happy to see take to the pitch come August. 


That's it. A glorious bank holiday Sunday marked the end of the worst Sunderland season in living memory. In the wake of a curious victory over the champions, it really is too early to begin urging forgiveness for those who led us into League One. 

Lest we forget. 

Let's hope those who have worn the red-and-white shirt this season are spending their Monday off packing belongings and handing back the keys to their rented pads on the Quayside / Darras Hall / leafy Durham. 

Thanks for nothing and don't come back. 

There's barely a single senior first teamer who any of us would wish to see take to the pitch for the first game in the third tier of English football for 30 years. 

Football is a funny old game for sure. A squad of players who have proven themselves not good enough for the Championship will be on the blower to assorted agents this week insisting they're too good for League One, despite 4o-odd games suggesting otherwise. 

This will be the second summer in a row for some of them angling for a move away from Sunderland. No one wanted them at the end of last season, and there'll be no queue outside the Stadium of Light this morning with assorted suitors carrying suitcases of cash to lure the likes of Lamine Kone and Jack Rodwell to pastures new. 

Add to that pair Bryan Oviedo, Billy Jones, Adam Matthews, Lee Cattermole, Callum McManaman and Aiden McGeady and you have the worst bank holiday car boot sale ever assembled. Roll up, roll up, bag yourself a Jason Steele and get a free Robbin Ruiter thrown in. 

Goalkeepers who can't catch a ball, full backs who can neither defend or attack, wingers with rank attitudes and midfielders who can barely run. Yep, you can get them all for next to nothing at the Sunderland 2018 fire sale. 

Do me a favour. 

I, like most, only turned up at yesterday's game to see their pathetic losing faces for one last time and to utter a prayer we never see most of them ever again. 

The reality is that Sunderland must shift that lot named above, and shift them quickly, but you'd have to pay clubs to take some of them. 



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