Is Labour leadership loser Miliband to blame for Sunderland’s slump?

Our artists put David Miliband in the red and white of Sunderland
Our artists put David Miliband in the red and white of Sunderland
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HE has only been a Black Cat for 10 weeks – but David Miliband, pictured, has already used up eight of his nine lives.

Since the South Shields MP joined the board at Sunderland AFC on February 1, the first team have not won a single match.

In the eight games since the former foreign secretary arrived as non-executive chairman, SAFC has lost seven times and picked up only one draw, leaving fears of a relegation dogfight.

But despite the club’s poor form, fans say Mr Miliband is not to blame, and remain convinced that he will be a great ambassador in his role to promote the club on the world stage.

Fred Taylor, chairman of the Boldon branch of the Sunderland Supporters’ Association, said: “David Miliband is not responsible for the bad run.

“His role is off the pitch, and I don’t think players are affected by political goings-on off the field.

The 51 year-old, of Church View, Boldon, added: “It’s just coincidental that the poor form has happened since Mr Miliband arrived.”

Martyn McFadden, editor of fanzine A Love Supreme, has a different theory for the poor run.

On the same day as Mr Miliband arrived, supporters introduced a giant flag which is paraded around before kick-off at home matches.

He said: “We brought the flag in for the Chelsea game on February 1. Obviously since then we haven’t won.

“Maybe we need to fly the flag in a different direction, or start at a different place in the stadium to break the sequence of results.”