The Kids Are Alright

Jack Ross has been chatting about Lynden Gooch’s brace against Rochdale and his ability to operate at right wing-back. Ross said: “Lynden is the type that has a terrific attitude towards the game. When he was asked to play that role, it was a new one for him. Last week we looked at the games we had been best in and in what way, looked at some of the individual players and Lynden’s best performances have been in that role. It suits him, it suits his attributes. He is willing to do the defensive side too, he was good all game. He was bright all game and the quality showed with his two goals.”

Meanwhile, Charlie Methven has explained a little more about our financial situation. Good that the club are being so open with this kind of info. Methven said: "SAFC's overall cost-base was £64 million for 2017-18, with projected ongoing operating revenue of £15.5 million. There was a net transfer payment deficit of £20 million and parachute payments over the following 12 months of £35 million. It was a frightening picture that had scared off a wide range of credible purchasers who had initially been attracted by the scale of the opportunity. From May onwards, the following happened: the £25 million due in summer parachute payments had been ring-fenced to pay down bank debt. Ellis then wiped his own debt and paid off the remaining £53 million of SBC's. So SAFC became debt free, but its 'net' parachute payment (post paying off SBC) is £10 million from September 2018-June 2019. We are on the right track, though: if we reach next summer having thoroughly de-toxed the club and put it on a stable financial footing then we may have achieved only the first of our many targets for Sunderland. But I hope you agree that, given the near-death state the club found itself in last spring, that first step is going to be a mighty important one."

In other news, Josh Maja was delighted with his brace and the 4-1 against Rochdale on Saturday. He said: "It was a great win coming off the back of a loss, we worked hard as a team in training and that showed today on the pitch. It just shows the character we've got in the team. The manager put his faith in us as a team and he wants us to play well and that's what we did today. It's great for the fans and great for the club and we just have to try and maintain that. Coventry will be a tough game but if we've got the fans then I think we'll get the win.”

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