Sunderland fans haven’t been too impressed with the latest advice from Jermaine Jenas.
The former Newcastle midfielder telling them they will be better off if they are in League One next season.
Jermaine Jenas declaring ‘Weirdly enough, I think it could be the best thing for Sunderland to get relegated’.
His logic is that it will be better for the Mackems long-term as the drop would allow them to rebuild with decent homegrown players and ones that Chris Coleman (set to be announced shortly as their new manager apparently) would recruit, as well as getting ‘Rid of the players on probably 30 or 40 grand a week who aren’t performing’.
Getting a distinct feeling of deja vu here…as that was exactly what was being said earlier this year when they left the Premier League.
Too many carried away with the rare exceptions such as Newcastle United, where with Rafa Benitez and big money/crazy fees banked for the likes of Wijnaldum, Janmaat, Townsend, and Janmaat, it did create, up to a point, a chance to bounce back with maybe momentum and better times ahead.
Far more likely though for relegated clubs is what has happened to Sunderland, though they have taken it to an extreme.
Losing your best players (Defoe and Pickford) and you are left with all the rubbish players on massive money (Rodwell etc) who you can’t shift. Players whose attitude becomes even worse with relegation. With crowds also dropping, with reports of only fifteen thousand turning up when they played Bolton in their last home match.
So if the Mackems hit League One (once again), it will Newcastle fans, not Sunderland supporters, celebrating.
Jermaine Jenas talking to Radio 5 Live:
“I hope a longer-term plan at Sunderland, rather than a knee-jerk reaction, because it is not working.
“It looks like they are going to go down into League One.
“I think they are sitting rock bottom of the Championship – a tough tough league as we all know.
“Weirdly enough, I think it could be the best thing for Sunderland to get relegated.
“Get rid of the players on probably 30 or 40 grand a week who aren’t performing.
“Hopefully promote some from the academy and use Chris Coleman’s contacts that he’s developed, to start building a team, creating Sunderland again.
“Hopefully that is what they have said to him.
“I hope they have got somebody right at the top guiding that (play recruitment) along for Sunderland, not Chris Coleman.”