About two months ago, we discussed on the show the idea that we were at a bit of a crossroads.
One road led to a Mick McCarthy season. We could be a gritty, well-organised, tough to beat team greater than the sum of our parts if it all clicked.
The other road led to the early 90s Butcher and Buxton era.
Unfortunately, we might well be at the end of that road, having a identified a plot of land to build our house upon with plans to settle there for a good few years.
At this stage, it’s hard to see when our recovery as a football club will begin. It will start with the departure of Ellis Short, but we all know, unless the right owner comes in, a resurgence won’t be on the cards.
During that four-year spell in the early 90s, there was little or no hope for us.
The Stadium of Light was a glimmer in Bob Murray’s eye, we were still at the Charlie Hurley Centre, the infrastructure the club should have had just didn’t exist.
A raft of sub-standard players graced the Roker Park turf, but they had heart. They battled and ultimately weren’t good enough in front of 14k every game.
When I think about it though, it wasn’t as depressing as now.
Everything is in place for Sunderland AFC to be competing at the top level of the top division in English football.
This time around, the SoL looks like the white elephant some thought it would always be – a soulless shell filled with meagre, disenfranchised support.
The manager, though seemingly a genuine bloke, has failed to lift or inspire the team and fanbase. After the dire last five years, the kill switch that some though the Championship would be needed to be activated by a Keane, Quinn or Reid type.
Instead, we ended up with the board’s second choice after at least two failed takeover attempts.
Fans have been patient and were even optimistic after a reasonable start to the season. But the fact of the matter is that we’ve won one in 14, our manager has one in 20 across two seasons with two clubs.
We’re getting out-thought by clinical, savvy opposition every week.
These teams contain players with nowhere near the ability some of our squad possess, nowhere near the top-flight and international experience some of our squad possess.
Our manager knows the division apparently. If that’s really the case then why does he look so lost?
I’m fully expecting the usual out-of-body experience at the ground tomorrow.
I’ll turn up, I’ll be disengaged, we’ll lose and I’ll still somehow feel disappointed.
‘Why did I kid myself tonight was the night when everything would change?’ We’re a completely ill-functioning, rudderless group of misfits.
Something needs to change. At the same time, there’s not one thing we can change that will make everything better sooner rather than later.
We spent 10 years in the top flight. At the moment, it feels like it could take at least 10 years to get back there.
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