It occurred to me last week during the disastrous Wolves clash which ripped the heart out of our team for a few weeks, that Sunderland were also heading the same way following a run of form in League One.
Then it occurred to me that we might get there with an owner we despise and want rid of whilst they might get there with a brand new one who would be a hero if they come up. It also occurred to me that they might also get more funding than us if they do go up and we go down.
I’m not Mackem sympathiser, but I’m happy with them as long as they are below us. Problem is I’m beginning to fear that’s not going to be for much longer the way things are playing out.
They are in excellent form and have a Centre Forward that is scoring goals for fun. They’ve lost less games than anyone else in the division and have the joint best defence. If they win their games in hand on Hull they’d go above them. Whatever happens they look destined for the play-offs.
I’m guessing despite the fact they’re still in League One the optimism over the way things are going at The Stadium of Light is a lot more optimistic these days and perhaps they can see a way forward for once?
At 23, Kyril Louis-Dreyfus is the youngest owner and Chairman of Sunderland AFC in their 142-year history, and he brings with him his and his family’s experience owning Olympique Marseille, his vast inheritance, as well as his Harvard MBA and training in football administration. Sounds like a good deal to me!
Meanwhile we have the Holy Trinity of Wilson, Miggy and Maxi all out for the three ‘winnable’ games that look set to define our survival bid. Our only good right-back is also out and his replacement – and not a good one at that – is also a doubt for tomorrow. Schar is also out and so many players that looked good under Rafa look lost and adrift.
Add in the rumours of a dressing room rift, Jones not seeming to be liked by Bruce, our takeover prospects look pretty bleak and the fact that Bruce and Ashley – who both seem to have no idea how to cope with it all – will probably still be here at the end of the season, you can start to see the sticky situation we’ve found ourselves in!
Yet, a year ago wasn’t it LALAS from the majority of Toon fans? What a difference a year makes and it really is a worrying time for our football Club at the moment as we hurtle in the opposite direction to our local rivals.
Re-reading before submitting I can imagine that some might think I’m a Sunderland fan. You’d be wrong. I’ve been NUFC for over 50 years and then some. I desperately want us to stay up and be taken over. It’s just that it’s looking less likely with every passing day – and in the mean time our Premier League status feels more likely to slip away as every week passes.
That makes me sad and I can’t even contemplate the alternative. Yes, we might easily stay up and they might not go up BUT if I gave you £5 where would you put your money right now?
We’re in one almighty mess, and derbies next season would be no consolation.