GRIGG REGRETS/R&WA EGM



It seems that Will Grigg regrets moving to Sunderland and feels that he had no choice whether to come in the first place. Grigg said: "I was really keen on Sunderland — a massive club. I wanted to be part of that. I absolutely loved my time at Wigan and, in hindsight, I probably should not have moved. Some things were happening at Wigan at the time, with certain people and a change of ownership, as well as staff behind the scenes. It was not in favour of me. I don’t mean the gaffer or playing staff. I got on with them so well but there are a lot of things behind the scenes in football that fans and everyone just don’t see. At no point would I ever have wanted to leave. I would love to return. At the time, I felt as though I was forced into… not forced, but I felt like I didn’t have a choice when they accepted the offer. I had to leave. I should not have left when I did. It has not worked out for the club so far and it has not worked out for me. I have two years left and you never know.”

Grigg, who is set to leave the club this summer, also admitted that the tactics we deployed didn't suit him. He said: "Tactically, we played a 4-2-3-1 system before at Wigan. A lot of the time, I stayed away from the play and I was lucky enough to have a No 10 in Nick Powell who could create chances for me: left, right and centre. We got loads of crosses in, we had full-backs overlapping, played a bit more football and tried to get crosses into the box, which I thrive off. At Sunderland, we were a bit more direct, we didn’t have a No 10 like I was used to at previous clubs. At Sunderland, even now, you have a big target man in Charlie Wyke. He was used ahead of me. It tells you a lot in terms of the style of play. I don’t know if that comes from Sunderland and their background — they like to go back to front a bit — but it has definitely been the case while I have been there. They have wanted a big physical lad up front. The fans go back to Niall Quinn and Kevin Phillips, big man, small man. It is what they like and what they are after. Jack Ross tried to play a bit of football but that has got drastically different with the change of managers. We definitely play a lot more direct now and whether that affects what happens in the future, I do not know.”

In other news, The Red and White Army has announced details of an EGM to push through the creation of a Supporters’ Trust. A RAWA statement read: “The Red and White Army's Emergency General Meeting to decide on conversion to a Supporters' Trust will take place on 23rd July. The meeting will be held on the Zoom platform for those who wish to attend and vote. Those members who cannot attend or choose not to, can vote by proxy. Voting by proxy will mean emailing a voting form to the RAWA committee prior to the AGM - more details on this will follow. We have had overwhelmingly positive feedback from you since we proposed to convert. With this in mind, if you, the members, do vote to convert to a Trust, the existing committee would be prepared to oversee the transition process before holding the Trust's inaugural AGM. All trust members would then be able to vote and stand for election to the board.”


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