Caretaker Stockdale

As expected, following Sunday’s sacking of Chris Coleman, Robbie Stockdale will be in charge of the first team until the end of the season.

There’s a thousand stories circulating today about what could happen at SAFC flowing the takeover. Facts are Short is gone and we are debt free. We await further news from the club, but here’s an interesting quote from Stewart Donald on how tight he can be! “I do keep count of how much I spend, I could probably tell you down to the nearest 10p. I hit the roof because we were giving out free bottles of water which cost us 10p, the players were only drinking half of it. It’s wastage and I saved the club £500.”

In other news, Ethan Robson is taking the positives out of our relegation. “The support on Friday was unbelievable. It’s been like that home and away. We need to take their spirit into next season and bounce back hopefully. They were always encouraging us, even though it’s been so hard for them. They always come and support us and I can’t thank them enough. It’s great to be playing with the likes of Joel (Asoro) and Maja. We all strive to be regulars in the team. George Honeyman this season has played a lot of games. We’d all love to do that. We all love to put the shirt on and we’d like to show the fans we’ve got a determination to play for the club. Next season hopefully we’ll get a bit more game-time. You can see a pathway there that maybe wouldn’t have been there before but as to whether it (relegation) is a good thing for me, I’d say yes and no. In League One I might get more game-time and I’ll need to show the manager that I can play in League One. I think I’ve shown him I can play in the Championship. I think it’ll be a big season for myself. I played against one or the best teams in the league on Friday and I felt like personally I didn’t do too badly. I love putting the shirt on and playing for the team.”

In other news, former SAFC manager, Simon Grayson, reckons that Sunderland can bounce back to the Championship, but it won’t be easy. Grayson said: "You would say so, because you can’t imagine that Sunderland will go any lower than they are currently and where they’ll be playing next season. There’s been some big clubs in League One - Man City, Forest, Leeds United - and they all found it difficult to get out of there at the first attempt. It’s going to be an FA Cup final for all the teams playing against them next season, and ultimately, it’s tough to do [get promotion from League One]. What they’ve got to do now is start afresh. They’ve got a new owner coming in and will have a new manager, and if they can start the season well then they can get back very quickly.”

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