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Fan blog: Can Sunderland come back stronger if they are relegated to League One?

Callum McManaman is fouled against Reading.
Callum McManaman is fouled against Reading.
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Over the past few (or maybe longer) years it became apparent that something is very wrong at our club.

People tried to pin-point where and what it is. It seemed to us all that something was rotten at the core.

We got to the Premier League again and had some success, only to go into a self-destruct mode season after season.

We had some great players come in during this time, as well as some very successful managers. In theory we should never have struggled as much as we did. However, football isn't theory.

I remember thinking and wishing that whatever it was, would just go away and leave us alone so we could have a great team again. I now regret wishing those things without being more specific.

It seems that we will have to suffer back to back relegations and drop into League One, and completely dissolve my team before we can rid ourselves of this out-of-control blight that is plaguing us.

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think it would come down to this!

All I wanted was to have this pseudo-curse lifted so we could have a football team that would win our home games and push all other teams to the brink on away days.

The old adage of 'be careful what you wish for' comes to mind. I just wish I had been more explicit in my wish.

On the other hand, maybe this is exactly what has to happen to get to the root of the problem, but maybe it is just wishful thinking on my part.

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