Now that the inevitable has happened, perhaps it is time to realise, as have I, that Sunderland Football Club are not meant to be successful.
In the 68 years I have been a fan, I have seen only one triumph, the cup win in 1973, which is the exception which proves the rule. It matters not who the manager is - he fails. Even internationals signing for the side somehow become inept when pulling on that red and white shirt e.g. Giaccherini, Altidore, Rodwell.
When we do produce a half decent player, in steps a bigger, better club to prise him away e.g. Todd, Henderson. Somehow Sunderland have never really belonged in the Premiership. The two half-decent seasons under Peter Reid (when I foolishly thought we’d cracked it) finished only in mid-table mediocrity. The powers that be, referees and certainly the media have never given us the benefit of the doubt.