Written by Luke Marsh
As many would know, Sunderland’s season so far has been a complete and utter disaster, which is leaving many Mackems asking “what now?”
Sunderland appear to be an absolute turmoil and are rumoured to be getting new Chinese investors to bring some more money into the club. But why? In terms of money spent, Sunderland rank seventh out of the current Premier League clubs with regards to money spent over the past five seasons. Sunderland, however, have made some brilliant signings over the years, many thanks to former Director of Football, Roberto Di Fanti, which saw the likes of Emmanuel Giaccherini, who was an Italian first team regular, appear at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland’s current plight, however, comes as no surprise to many, as they have appeared to have been flirting with relegation for the past four seasons now, on many occasions surviving by the skin of their teeth. Constant change of managers has not helped their case either, Paolo Di Canio and Gus Poyet will know all too well about how difficult a job managing Sunderland, despite both getting off to promising starts, both were sacked within the year, despite this iconic celebration against their bitter rivals Newcastle, by Paolo Di Canio.
Sunderland have even tried going down the experienced route, with managers such as Martin O’Neill and Dick Advocaat struggling to settle, gel a team together and find their rhythm under the red and whites. Sunderland are now onto their eighth manager in five years and are hoping that David Moyes can rejuvenate the famous Black Cats. Having struggled at Man United notably, and more recently Real Sociedad, Moyes will more likely never get a better opportunity for himself to prove his worth as a manager, having established Everton as a top eight side. Moyes however has been left on a bit of a slope, one home win since April, and they find themselves struggling to find the net. Many Sunderland supporters will be extremely disappointed by the lack of signings in the summer window. The Black Cats did make some notable signings in the window, such as Adnan Januzaj and Didier N’Dong, but there was a certain position missing from Sunderland’s signings this summer which is evident by their lack of goals, yes, they didn’t sign a striker.
I do tell a lie, slightly. Moyes did manage to snap up former West Brom and Everton striker, who has worked with David Moyes before, Victor Anichebe, who may see this as an opportunity to salvage his own career, but has only featured once so far. It appears as though Sunderland will be fully reliant on dependable striker Jermaine Defoe for goals this year, and many Sunderland fans are beginning to question Ellis Short’s transfer policy and lack of money spent.
To add to Sunderland’s woes, many Mackems may be left wondering ‘what could have been’ under former Big Sam, who many people will know, departed for England in the summer and many Sunderland supporters will feel extremely hard done by the FA. With Big Sam now being available again, he currently rates at 3/1 with bookmakers to be Sunderland’s next gaffer, despite just leaving, this may not be as surprising with Sunderland currently stuck rock bottom with one point.
Do Sunderland fans still have the belief that they can push on for a top six spot like they did a few seasons ago, and that they’re a sleeping giant, like their noisy neighbours, Newcastle, who they haven’t been beaten off in 7 attempts, dating back to 2011.
Is Moysey the man? Or do Sunderland fans want to see Big Sam back in the dugout? Let us know in the comments below!