Sunderland fans have reacted after the news that the club has now been given formal permission (for the second time ) to speak to a potential manager, about the vacancy at the Stadium of Light.

Aberdeen were approached earlier this month and gave Sunderland permission to speak to Derek McInnes.

However, despite managing in the pub league over the border, McInnes hastily backed away after realising just what a mess Sunderland are in.

Thursday though has seen Sunderland once again given permission to speak to another club’s manager.

With only five weeks until the new season, their two best players having jumped ship, and little/no transfer budget, time was rapidly running out.

Good to see the Mackems planning ahead for once, as they have gone for League One specialist Simon Grayson.

In all four of his posts so far, he was appointed by League One clubs – Blackpool, Leeds, Huddersfield and Preston.

He managed to get all four promoted eventually but was then sacked by two of the first three clubs after failing dismally in the Championship.

Sunderland fans had been hoping that the much speculated German takeover might happen and ambition to land on Wearside with a high profile new manager to take them forward but no…

The takeover is now looking increasingly unlikely (today has seen the Press Association report that the takeover isn’t happening and then club statement confirmed that) and they are now stuck with Ellis Short who can’t give the club away and a League One quality manager.

This is how Sunderland fans have reacted to the news, comments via the Ready To Go Mackem message board:

‘Think this would be the most depressing appointment we’ve ever made.’

‘Must mean no takeover ?

He’s asked for permission so Preston have reluctantly allowed him to speak to us.’

‘I give up me like, the club is a mess.’


‘Shambles this club, club’s on its knees and getting worse!

20-25,000 crowds next season if we’re lucky!!!’

‘Nee takeover then, class.’

‘Just end the club man.’

‘And people on here were not happy with Moyes!!!!’

‘We could easily go down next year.

He’s as dull as bloody dishwater and has no record of promotion from the Championship. Rubbish appointment.’

‘We are in big, big trouble.’

‘Well there’s a ‘happy to stabilise in the Championship’ appointment if ever I heard one.’

‘What a come down this is.’

‘This will get season ticket sales jumping through the roof.’

‘Got no faith in this takeover happening now , why wait 2 weeks after the mcinnes carry on.’

‘It’s alreet, he’s better than Benitez. I read it on here.’

‘I think its time to stop expecting logic to apply to this football club.

Its bad, really, really bad.’

‘Genuinely couldn’t think of a more underwhelming appointment. The job, club and the egos in the dressing room will be too big for him.’

What a time to be alive.’

‘If he comes here that is a new low for us. Won’t be happy with him here, just gets worse by the week with us. No takeover if he is to come in then.’

‘League One play offs next season?’

‘It’s not a big name but to be fair to the bloke he’s done a good job at Preston. It’s a safe route to go down.’

‘Go down being the operative words. He’s as dull as dishwater and has got no record of getting promotion out of anything other than diddly lower leagues.

Lambert would have been a far better appointment.’

‘I would certainly take him and if anybody wouldn’t take the 11th placed finishes he has guided Preston to the last two years given our current state then they are off their rocker.’

‘Whoop de doo.’

‘Fortunately he will turn us down due to “finishing a project” at preston.’

‘He is a canny manager at this level to be fair.’

‘Canny at getting sacked after failing to get promoted from it.’

‘This makes the Wilko appointment look dynamic and inspired.’

‘At least there will be some canny away days in League One.’

‘This the end of us being a decent size club.’

‘The worrying thing for me would be the takeover being off. Surely no new owners would be looking at Simon Grayson?’

‘This club is trying it’s utmost to tip me over the edge.’

‘Another relegation battle coming up.’

‘He will be a steady pair of hands in all seriousness, clearly we are rubbish as it stands.

Who would have thought it a year back.’

  • Jim

    How has this got anything to do with Newcastle? Fed up of these stupid articles and obsession with Sunderland on this site. If you’re that bothered about them, then start supporting them instead.

    • rickyd

      I disagree I wonder if there’s anything more geordie than laughing at mackems tbh

      • Albert Stubbins

        correct. Nowt better. I was brought up to dislike them (hate) with a passion as were many brought up in Newcastle- how about if you don’t like it you go support them? The logic to suggest that talking about them in a negative manner can somehow be linked to a latent yearning to support them is plain stupid- they are our biggest rivals and always will be irrespective of how well or badly they are doing.

  • Leazes Ender

    It gets better… Ellis Short has taken the club off the market.

    • Albert Stubbins

      i put a pound bid in but they wernt happy when i demanded change!!

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    we haven`t exactly got anything to shout about, yes we`re in the prem but for how long.

    • Mayor Vaughn

      New shirt is nicer than theirs, we’ve at least got that to shout about. Cheer up man.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        i`ll be full of joy when Fatso leaves, as i was before the parasite arrived

        • Mark Potter

          You’ll find something/someone new to moan about.

  • Mayor Vaughn

    Best haircut in British football for the best fans in British football!

  • ToonNL

    Loyalty and rivalry aside,

    the inevitable collapse of sunderland is bad for the city and bad for north east football.

    They are in serious trouble and I for one will miss the prospect of a bi annual derby more then I will enjoy their descent into obscurity

    • Albert Stubbins

      since when has other teams doing well in north east helped Newcastle? I dont understand this argument. Sunderland wernt even in our division when we should have won league in 95/6 and the same season boro rolled over to Man yoo last game of season to stop us even having a chance of the league. That is an argument that 70 somethings roll out as they talk about the good old days- it basically shy*e.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    Grayson is a good shout and more than capable of getting Sunderland promoted.
    He is as good as any other manager you have in The Championship so cannot understand the negativity towards him.

    The problem for Sunderland always comes back to Ellis Short who now seems reluctant to spend money since the days where Keane and Brucie wasted millions on overrated players.

    • Albert Stubbins

      Larry Grayson more like- hope he shuts the door on the way oot!! ;)

      • Geordiegiants

        Ha ha I think it’s great, Simon who????? 🤣😂😅😂🤣😂😅🤣🤣😂😅

      • X,WHY,Y MAN.

        Put all rivalry between us and Sunderland to one side and Simon Grayson is no better or worse than any other manager plying his trade in The Championship.
        If he is backed in the right way then he will have a good chance but it all depends on Ellis Short’s financial commitment to the cause.

    • Alreet

      Short has financed multiple transfers especially for the total div di canio who bought a whole team and more of european unknowns when he was in charge. The best man they had was advocaat and they couldnt keep him.

      Next stop the championship merrygo round. Have fun with the shoddy refs and even worse tackles.

  • Steven05

    It’s raining, it’s quite cold, we haven’t signed the players we need yet – but at least we can have a two minute smile about our Wearside friends pretty much on a daily basis lately. For all you fans who care for ‘North East’ football and worry about sunderland’s demise – try not to. They would be absolutely delighted if it were the other way around. Actually, they were! This time last year we ‘only had Rafa BeneathUs’. The biggest thing the two sets of fans have in common is: we are both focused more on the same club – Newcastle United.

    • Mumbles

      You’re kidding yourself if you think that they care more about us than us about them. Just glance up at this article and these comments to see that our fans are just as petty as theirs. Its pathetic really.

      • Steven05

        I take your point mate but I’m just speaking as I find

      • Albert Stubbins

        Im obsessed with them im sorry to say. wish I could get into stamp collecting or tiddley winks but its not nearly as much fun as makem hating trust me. Hope they keep going down and down until they hit something hard- i.e the bottom

    • Steve Smith

      Smoggies will come up so North East football will be fine.

  • Geordiegiants

    Ha ha ha ha lol. Grayson lol

  • Steve Hughes

    They’ve got him!!😂😂😂

  • Jimblag23

    It’s not as embarrassing as appointing Carver, which we did 🤦‍♂️

    • Steve Smith

      Carver was mates with Sir Bobby….

  • lukegte

    Who has a better hair cut, Benitez or Grayson?