I was joking with friends at the weekend that this ‘mid-table-mediocrity’ isn’t all it’s cracked up to be!
I think that we as Sunderland fans have got so used to adrenalin-filled ends to the season over the years – at either ends of the table – that it seems a little flat having little to play for and being becalmed in mid-table.
We should thank heaven for small mercies.
Martin O’Neill said after the Bolton game: “If there’s a bit of flatness about the place then, well, I’ll take that, compared to what the alternative might have been!”
And he’s exactly right too.
We’re in a fortunate position to be able to grumble about having not much to play for.
We shouldn’t forget how horrible those relegation battles have been over the years – they’ve aged us all!
And it’s nice not to be in the position that all our last three opponents have been in of being haunted by the drop. It’s a horrible time for the fans of those clubs involved, the stress, the worry and potentially the pain of relegation at the end of it.
Given the choice or relegation-battle or mid-table mediocrity, it’s mid-table every time for me.
READ the full Gary Rowell column in Tuesday’s Echo