Jack Ross is not satisfied with our start to our start and won’t be happy until we are top of the league. “It has been a good start for us and I think sometimes you can forget as time passes where you were when first came into the job,” Ross said. “If I take myself back to that point then I would’ve said yes, but I think when you get into the meat of the season with high expectations you feel as though you should be top. That’s where we are striving to get to so until we get there and stay there then I won’t feel that satisfaction. I think a lot of people have grown to understand that this is a tough league and that it is not easy to win games. So, I would agree that we haven’t put it together for a complete 90-minute period but there has, been enough good elements to be happy with. If there is improvement to come within the squad then that should hold us in good stead as well.”
Elsewhere, Bali Mumba has signed a deal which keeps him at SAFC ‘til the summer of 2021. Mumba said: “I am delighted to sign this because it has been a long wait. It is what I have been dreaming about since I was a kid. All the hard work is beginning to pay off and my family and I are all buzzing about it. It is a proud day for us all – I am just delighted to be able to stay at this club. My family have done so much for me over the years. They have helped me get here on a daily basis and for them I am truly grateful. To share it with them is amazing because they deserve this bit. They have done so much to help me get to where I am now and I am just so thankful to have them by my side. It has been an amazing few months for me at this club. I can still remember my first day, how it was like and where I am now. I am truly grateful and thankful for everything everyone has done to help me get to where I am now, but this is where the hard work starts again.”
Jack Ross added: “We are delighted to be able to retain our best young players and our most promising players. I think for the club as a whole it is a really good reflection on the academy. They have brought him through and now he wants to stay. He is undoubtedly someone who will attract attention throughout the country because of his ability but hopefully it is a real statement of our intent about how we want to move the club forward.”
In other news, Show Racism the Red Card held an initiative at the SOL this week. Dylan McGeouch and Luke O’Nien, Gary Bennett and David Corner attended. Speaking about the event, Dylan McGeouch said: "The popularity and reach of football as a sport gives us a great platform from which to promote inclusion and help break down barriers, not just in football but across society. Racism isn’t something you are born with, it’s something you learn. That’s why the work of Show Racism the Red Card is so important, because they are educating current and future generations and as players representing Sunderland AFC, we are proud to play our part in promoting their work and positive messages.”
Speaking about the event and the continuing partnership, Ged Grebby, Chief Executive of Show Racism the Red Card, said “Sunderland AFC has been a proactive supporter of Show Racism the Red Card throughout its history, which now spans more than two decades. Our annual event has become one of the highlights of the year and it’s great to know that the club are still right behind the message we are trying to present to as many young people as possible – that there is no place for racism in society or sport.”
Jack Ross is also an ambassador for Show Racism the Red Card www.theredcard.org
Please note, there will be a minute’s silence ahead of kick off on Saturday, in memory of those who lost their lives in the tragic accident at Leicester City on Saturday. Supporters are asked to take their seats early in order to observe the silence in the appropriate manner.
Finally, we have been allocated 4,195 tickets for Port Vale away in the FA Cup. Tickets will go on sale on Thursday, November 1 to season card holders with 10 or more Black Cat points. All season card holders will be able to purchase tickets on Friday, November 2, before they go on general sale on Monday, November 5. Tickets are priced at £15 for adults, £10 for over-65s and under-22s while under-18s will pay £5. You can find more information by visiting the club's website. To book travel with ALS click here