Chris Coleman is close to completing the job of taking Sunderland back to the third tier of English football.
With only four games remaining and six points from safety (seven if Barnsley win their game in hand), the situation is hopeless.
As though things couldn’t get worse, on Tuesday night Sunderland took the surprising decision to close all cash turnstiles and make Sunderland fans prove they had been to previous games before they’d be allowed to buy a ticket.
A tragic end to what has been a tragic season, when they have over thirty thousand empty seats every home match these days.
Chris Coleman says he supports the moves to make it more difficult for fans to get in the stadium – Sky Sports reporting earlier today that ‘A significant number of Newcastle fans’ had tried to get into the Norwich game.
Coleman says that actually Newcastle fans have been great with him and want to see them back up into the Premier League so the derby matches return.
Though his claims that Newcastle supporters ‘don’t want to see us suffer’ might be stretching the truth a little bit.
“I totally see the security side of it and we have to listen to the police.
“So I do totally understand why we have done that [closed cash turnstiles and only allowing Sunderland fans to buy tickets if have purchase history].
“Don’t get me wrong.
“I do want to the see the stadium with as many Sunderland people in there as we can fit…but I do also get why the club have come to that decision.
“You are always going to get one team laughing at another, especially if it’s two derby teams.
“But all the Newcastle fans that I have bumped into are absolutely fabulous with me and they don’t want to see us suffer.
“All the proper Newcastle fans have been fantastic.
“In any industry there’s a small, unsavoury percentage.
“The ones I have spoken to want to see us back up there because they want to play against us.”