As Sunderland fans prepare to find out for real…
They have been playing the hypothetical game of how they would have done in this season’s Championship.
The Mackems of course escaped last season due in part to the points Newcastle yet again gifted them.
Naturally this only delayed the inevitable as they have faced a season-long relegation struggle and their impending fate could be decided by 10 days time at the earliest.
So how do the Sunderland fans think they would have done his season in the second tier?
Comments via their top message board Ready To Go (to the Championship and then oblivion):
‘Theoretically, where would we now be in the Championship?
Where do ya reckon then, in the top 4, just outside the playoffs, around mid table or down the bottom?’
‘Under Moyes, bottom!!’
‘Hard to say depending on our business, which is obviously very important. I’ll go for about 10th right now.’
‘About where Ipswich are. Mind, with Defoe, I reckon any team in that division should be top 6.’
‘Mid-table like Villa.’
‘Depends on Defoe. He would be top scorer in Europe as long as someone didn’t cripple him.’
‘We’d have the best keeper, centre half and goal scorer in the division. Carrying the same amount of injuries I’d say 5-8th. Borini would be chipping in regular and Ndongndong would be a monster down there.’
‘Probably sitting on 6 points from the mags.’
‘Just underneath Burton Albion I reckon!’
‘With this team? Top on about 100 points.’
‘With our squad as it is… Top.
Maybe need a different manager like as moyes is a clown.’
‘We wouldn’t have had this squad of course, but if we did we’d have won the title a fortnight ago. Even with DM in charge.’
‘It’s about motivation, organisation and how the players we get in fit.
All three have been kittens under Moyes – I’ve no reason to expect we’d be doing much if any better in the Champo.’
‘6 points off relegation places.
If Moyes stays it will be the same for the next three years.
It’s called stability .Whoopi.’
‘Is this a trick question?
Theoretically we are currently one spot higher than Brighton.’
‘We’d be in the position Moyes already seems to be anticipating for next season based on the excuses he’s already supplying and that’s a relegation battle. If we had the Chelsea or Spurs squads, Moyes would still complain about us lacking ‘that wee bit of quality’ and organise them so effectively that they’d spend most of their time running around like headless chickens.
He’s got ‘Loser’ running through him so much he’s like a stick of Blackpool rock!’
‘If we have the same squad we have now in this theoretical situation, we’d be top. Defoe would be comfortably the top scorer and even likes of Januzaj and Borini would have chipped in with a fair few. Our backline would be one of the strongest in the league as well.’
‘We’d be top.
People are forgetting how poor the quality is in that league.’
‘It Championship) is competitive, that is without question but a well drilled, organised team with a game plan and 1 or 2 match winners in the side will do enough at that level to be challenging at the top of the league.
I think we will retain enough ‘match winners’ at championship level, however what concerns me most is the well drilled, organised and game plan elements as at the minute I just can’t see what Moyes is trying to do.
As ever who we retain and who we bring in will play a major part in how we are shaping up.
The other factor for me is the whole club is on a downer, we, (rightly), take the mick out of a number of your lot that ‘won relegation’ but ironically we need some of that bombast, that dare I say it, arrogance, to lift the club and have us in a positive mind set for the start of the long hard slog that awaits us.
Whatever anyone says being relegated is a rubbish feeling and there is no guarantee that we will come straight back up, unfortunately I think things are going to get worse before they get better.’