I read in the Echo that “BBC pundit Chris Sutton believes it must be ‘terrible’ to be a Sunderland fan due to the club’s annual battles against the drop”. While there is a terrifying element to seeing your team cling to life at the bottom of the table over successive years, it makes little difference to me.
I care more about what I see on the pitch than the results. Enjoying mid-table safety while playing uninspired football would be far more terrible. Sunderland are playing good football right now, some of the best I’ve seen in the last five years. We should have more than 30 points and floating toward safety now, but football can be cruel and we’ve been unlucky. We’ve got a manager who understands the club, its needs, its capabilities, its limitations. I firmly believe he has us headed in the right direction.
I’d much rather follow Leicester’s worst-to-first trajectory than West Brom or Everton annual mid table malaise. It’s not fun being at the bottom, but you can’t deny it adds intensity and excitement to the matches. If Sunderland can keep their current squad intact for next season, I see no reason why they can’t push up toward the top of the table.
Of course, it is terrifying to see us again fighting for survival. Last year, at this time, I was strictly focused on praying for survival. But this year, I’m extremely optimistic. This may sound crazy; however, given time, I see Allardyce taking us to Europa or beyond. If Leicester can do it, why the hell can’t we?
American Sunderland fan
living in Japan