Doom and gloom fills the air right now. There’s a need to move on. Yes, the current team have failed us. Yes, there are players we can point to this season who haven’t cut the Colemans. However, maybe things will work out for the best. There are reasons why we need to be cheerful right now. Let’s give it a bash.
Reason Number One
After years of paying over inflated mercenaries to put in half arsed attempts to buy into the club we can strip out the deadwood. We have players on loan elsewhere who are still contingent liabilities on the balance sheet. They will be gone. We may even receive some comparatively big fees for some of them. Then there’s the current crop. We will receive a decent fee for Kone and shift a wage. Oviedo will also generate a fee. I’m not saying that will be re-invested but at least it will steady the ship and remove some wages. This is a turning point for the club where we aren’t just chucking money at the problem with players who couldn’t care less. The club need to recognise how important it is to get in players who get it. Who understand that this is their big chance and they need to make the most of it rather than players who say, “ok it hasn’t worked out for me so far but them daft buggers will pay me so...”
Reason Number Two
We’re out of the limelight. Nobody in the stratosphere of the top-flight cares about us anymore. The newspaper articles and blogs from many reporters will end up making them look like they are taunting someone in their sick bed if they mock the support or the pink seats. The media will be more geared towards sympathy. We will again be a sleeping giant rather than a club that play negative football and bore everyone senseless. The Championship left us too close to the media bubble to shake those shackles off and if you read anything from supporters of clubs outside Man Utd fans and that club who are as big as Barcelona up the road from us then you will see that there is a huge amount of empathy for our plight.
Reason Number Three
If, and I appreciate it is a big if, we can get the very promising young players to commit then we have the nucleus of a very good team to launch an assault on League one. We do of course need to completely revamp the defence. What we need to promise those youngsters is that we will build a team around them. They will lead this club forward. Gooch has incredible energy and if we can keep him fit then we have a player who can tear through defences and ping crosses in. In Asoro we have a very skilful player who has tricks beyond his years. Ginger Dunc may return to full fitness and wouldn’t that be terrifying for League one defences? Maja has strength and awareness and could easily bang in 15+ a season in that league. McNair will be a maestro in that league. He has shown that in recent games. Then there’s gorgeous George. With his incredible teeth. Skill, determination and a love for the club. He could pull the strings for us. Even Donald Love could shine at that level to the point where we are all singing Love will tear you apart again. So then we turn to the keepers. Camp has been erratic Ruiter the same. Steele has been steady in recent games. With the pressure off a little maybe, just maybe he could return to the form that had him as a future England prospect.
There are more reasons to be cheerful but that wouldn’t sit nicely with a Blockheads song so I will leave it at three. Believe me this is not a vague attempt to get more people to sign up for season tickets. I wouldn’t do that. At the end of the day we have sold 16,000 season tickets already which, with away fans and day trippers, would put us comfortably top of the league compared to averages for league one this season. Every single person who has renewed or taken up a season ticket after an absence needs to be applauded. Maybe I am not the only positive one. Reasons to be cheerful 1-2-3.
To celebrate being complete and utter shite once again, we’re bringing bring back this classic t-shirt from the 05/06 season. Looking back to those halcyon days under Mick McCarthy when we managed to amass an incredible 15 points to see us relegated from the Premier League.
Don’t worry we will reach those lofty heights again but until then we can take comfort in the fact that we’re all... still here when we are shit! Hardcore fans and Sunderland till we die, whichever league we are in and whoever owns the club. Players, manager and chairman come and go. Fans remain. We are the club… click here to view product