The reality is now dawning for many Sunderland fans.
Despite the new owners telling them everything they want to hear, including how much they have always despised Newcastle United, the true state of the club will be reflected on the pitch.
In just over three weeks time they kick off their League One season and Tuesday night has been a big wake up call.
Playing against sixth tier Darlington, Sunderland fans watched their team struggle and fail to even score a goal, losing the friendly 1-0.
The Darlington team aren’t professionals and have normal jobs, yet they comfortably beat the Mackems.
Sunderland were installed as early favourites to win League One despite ending rock bottom of the Championship last season.
It is only a friendly but these amusing comments below may only be a small taster of what is to come, if the promised land of the new owners doesn’t materialise.
‘Darlo finished below Spenny and Spartans last season.’
‘Thank God we arnt playing them two then.’
‘People do realise that this Darlington team was a very poor one. Not one with academy experience players? Literally semi professional. No academy experience.
We have a mess to sort out but giving trials to players who the owner doesn’t know he would play, that team should be mopping the floor with lads who work in factories and play for a laugh.’
‘(People) Claim Darlington are a fortnight ahead of us in our preparations. We’ve been away to Portugal whilst they’ve been grafting at their day jobs. Are they for real?’
‘New owners with a f…ing massive mess to sort out. A mess much bigger than anyone had envisaged.’
‘How many of the whingers were there tonight?’
‘Let me guess, we battered them, could have scored 8 but ended up on the end of a 1-0 defeat. Not sure you need to be stood watching the game to know losing 1-0 to Darlington is poor like.’
‘Methven said we needed 14 new players mind.
We’ve not done that.’
‘Well that was a bit sh…’
‘Whee was this trialist?’
‘Anton forrester 4 goals in 34 for port vale, 10 goals in his career.’
‘What f…ing barrels are we scraping here man?’
‘We are doomed.’
‘I said at the start that the majority of people should be careful what they wish for. I’ll stand by that because I don’t think that SD will deliver his promises. So far he hasn’t. I’ve done my bit and renewed, what’s he actually done?
Short was called out for asset stripping but all we’ve seen so far is players sold and replaced by free, injury prone, unknown players. That equates to f… all in my opinion (which I am perfectly entitled to). Add to that we’ve just been beaten by Darlington. If you think that’s acceptable for SAFC then you need to give your head a shake.’
‘I said a few weeks back the Stewart Donald bubble has burst like. It’s ganna be an absolute slog this season, a proper scrap.’
‘We need about 10 players like, never mind 1 or 2 strikers and a centre half, full squad of sh… youngsters and pi.. poor free contracts will see us down the bottom of league 1. Shields would hammer Darlo.’
‘Shields did hammer Darlo, 3-0 at their place in FA Cup last year
We’ve signed 4 of their best players also.’