Sunderland 'Til I Die: 13 key talking points from Rodwell's refusal to transfer troubles

Sunderland 'Til I Die is set to hit our screens later this week, and there's no shortage of talking points for fans of the Black Cats.

Tuesday, 11th December 2018, 11:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 11th December 2018, 11:05 am
Martin Bain features heavily in the series, which focuses on his time at Sunderland

The Netflix series, centred on Sunderland's ill-fated 2017/18 season, debuts on Friday, December 14 on the streaming service and fans are eagerly anticipating its release. There's sure to be no shortage of talking points eminating from the series, and we've picked out 13 key topics which will no doubt stir up plenty of debate upon release:

In episode one of the series, Bain reveals how a player told him he was far from happy about having to return to training at the Academy of Light. Far from encouraging.
The midfielder's comments on some of his teammates not caring about the club certainly hit the headlines last summer, and his reaction to the incident takes centre stage during the opening episode.
During a recruitment meeting featured in episode two, Bain is handed a list of potential targets - with Zlatan Ibrahimovic's name featuring. Was he really someone shortlisted by the club's scouting chiefs?

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During the same meeting, Bain admits that the Black Cats' recruitment team complied a list of targets without any idea of the wage budget in place. Unrealistic targets were therefore identified.
On a scouting trip with former chief scout Sandy Miller, the ex-Sunderland assistant manager - perhaps jokingly - suggests that the club shouldn't sign a player because he was wearing gloves when 'it wasn't even cold'.
The Dutch stopper reveals how he was told he was starting a vital league fixture just five minutes before departing the hotel - via a text message - leaving him no time to mentally prepare for the game.
The harsh nature behind Grayson's sacking is well-known, but Bain concedes that several players were left far from pleased with the manner in which their former manager was dismissed.
The former loanee speaks out on his Wearside departure - and why he doesn't mind if people think he is 'selfish' after being disappointed at being substituted off.
During a treatment room conversation, Rodwell responds with 'no chance' when asked by a teammate if he will be featuring in a fixture in the relegation run-in.
Williams is one of the more likeable characters in the documentary, and his meeting with a sports psychologist is a fascinating insight into the pressures he faced.
As tensions rise following relegation, Coleman clashes with a supporter outside the Stadium of Light. It's left to several onlookers - including Kevin Ball - to separate the pair.
After being charged with drink-driving, Gibson saw his contract terminated by the Black Cats - and there is an interesting insight into Bain's views on the serious matter.
The final episode focuses on Donald and Charlie Methven's takeover, with the inside track on how the deal was done. It's certainly an interesting watch for Sunderland supporters.