So, where are we now…well nothing much has changed, we are still waiting for further news of the Amanda Staveley bid being accepted, still in the middle of a minor slump on the field and Sunderland lost again this week, albeit in some cultural city award.
However, news and pics broke on Friday morning of Amanda and Mike having a little quiet meal together, my man on the inside informed me things did hot up for a while, but apparently this was due to the contents of Mike’s vindaloo rather than takeover disagreements.
What can we learn from this little gathering, well not much really, apart from the fact that it seems that they are on good terms, the pictures do look quite amiable.
Just one to throw in the mix, could the Amanda Staveley group be looking to invest in NUFC alongside Mike Ashley, it was something he did hint at when he went public a little while back, this could satisfy all parties, Rafa gets investment for players, NUFC become a threat to the top four and Ashley somehow manages to keep SD in the limelight. Win win win if you’re Ashley!
What a simple world we live in.
Anyway, back to reality, and we welcome Leicester to town today, typically this game coincides with their return to form while we are on the crest of a slump, however if we turn up we can give anyone a game. Hard one to call but I think we will nick it 2-1,
Last week against Chelsea I actually thought we played ok, and while Chelsea were obviously the better team, there is nothing abnormal in that, they were at home and their squad is worth one hundred times that of ours, but like the game against Man Utd a couple of weeks earlier we could still have got something from the game.
One fact though, if we play like we did against Watford we will lose.
Team-wise, I hope Lascelles is fit enough to start, he brings something to the team and has the heart of a lion, he also does not suffer fools.
Who will be up front? Sadly it won’t be Mitrovic, Rafa just does not fancy him and who are we to argue, I hope there is room for Shelvey alongside Merino and no room for Diame anywhere near SJP!
Off the pitch and Leazes Flags are now moving forward, and groups like these and Wor Hyem need to be applauded and supported for trying to bring the atmosphere back to SJP, so a huge pat on the back for the boys and girls who do such good work behind the scenes.
Away from SJP and it’s now old news that Sunderland attracted a decent name to manage them, whispers are that it is a last throw of the dice to avoid financial devastation, like Aston Villa they need to get back to the premier league quickly. Another relegation will be a financial disaster and their income will be depleted substantially.
Their self-proclaimed best fans in the world have already given up. They don’t seem to give a s… anymore, well apart from one of them – he subsequently somehow claimed he was too drunk to remember, really? You’re stuck with this one for the rest of your life son! A little tip though, keep off the wine gums in future.
Away from the NE, and it’s not just the SOL where the empty seats are prominent, other clubs have noticeable gaps in the stands, big clubs like Chelsea and Man City struggle to sell tickets week in week out, oh I’m sorry did I say big clubs…. You don t have to go that far back to see their real status, both Mickey Mouse clubs!
Stamford Bridge is everything that is wrong with football, full of corporate plastic fans with no identity to the former real fans of Chelsea. Gone are the welcoming but unfriendly pubs around the stadium, it is now up market restaurants, coffee shops, street cafes etc.
Man City fans bleated on for years about being the best supporters in the world, following their team in massive numbers even in the old third division, and being the biggest club from Manchester. Today they are streets ahead of any other team in the premier league, they have had a few seasons of continued (manufactured) success, yet week in and week out there are pockets of empty seats at home games.
Why is this? Could it be they are bored already or do their true fans not have any identity with the modern day club? Answers on a postcard please.
Let’s get behind the lads today.