Vital Football

Latest Sunderland AFC News

Squeeky Bum Time for Sunderland Fans

Squeeky Bum Time for Sunderland Fans

Few Sunderland fans truly believed going into Monday`s clash with Portsmouth that the impending result would allow them to have a nice relaxing final weekend of the season. Many a Sunderland fan will have dreamed of a tranquil final day of the season, as they watched arch rivals Newcastle go to Villa Park needing a result to stay up.

However, such realists as Sunderland fans have learned to be in recent years; that was never meant to be, as the club finds itself very much embroiled in the relegation scrap on the last day of the season. The players now face the unenviable task of needing a win at home to the in form Chelsea to secure Premier league safety for one more season at least.

It is not that Sunderland fans have lost faith in the team`s ability; it seems rather that the team has lost faith in itself.

Following the departure of Keane, the players led the fans to believe that they were now able to really express themselves on the field, no longer afraid of what may be in store for them had they made a mistake in front of Keane.

However , the players now given enough license to express themselves 'to their hearts content` under Sbragia; now seem to have realised, that maybe they did not have all that talent that they once believed Keane was making them withhold.

For Sunderland fans, the final day of the season will be one of watching the results of their rivals in hope that the two below will not accumulate enough points to overtake them in the league, rather than hoping for a win against Chelsea. Both teams need a win in order for Sunderland to go down and Sunderland fans will hope the bookies are right with this being seen as a real outside chance, with odds currently at 8/1.

However, with Sunderland fans permanently reminded by their fierce rivals up the road of their apparent inferiority; it would be no surprise to them to see a fourth relegation from the world`s best league, leading to another summer of ridicule from them up the road.

If Sunderland do somehow manage to stumble over the line and secure their Premiership status, it would be a safe bet to say that manager Ricky Sbragia will receive a pat on the back, and the rest of his 18 month salary paid up in full, with Chairman Niall Quinn then going on a real search to find an adequate replacement for Roy Keane.



For the very latest Premier League odds

For massive weekly jackpots - Play the Football Pools Online




Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Michael Coverdale
Date:Tuesday May 19 2009
Time: 8:59PM

Comments

0
Good Luck to you. From a Villan!!
glensider
19/05/2009 21:42:00
0
Pompey fan here; you showed enough on Monday night that you are more than capable of staying in the premiership. Good luck on Sunday.
UKTony
20/05/2009 07:38:00
0
Well & there was I convinced you would beat us on Monday nite. Never mind. Hull & barcodes won't both win & that keep you up. Obviously hoping for you & Hull to make it.
storagematt
20/05/2009 11:33:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Recent Sunderland A.F.C. Articles

FA End Betting Sponsorship

Late yesterday afternoon, the Football Association announced the result of its three month review of their relationship with gambling companies and that association now comes to an end.

Sky Confirm TV Selection Windows For 2017/18

With the release of the EFL fixture lists on Wednesday morning, Sky Sports have released their outline giving fans an idea of when television selections will be made this season.

2017/18 Final Weekend Details

With the release of the Premier League fixtures last week and last Wednesday seeing the EFL following suit, the full details for the final weekends across...

Sunderland Open 2017/18 With Derby

Sunderland learned earlier today that the return to the Championship for the campaign of 2017/18 would open with Derby County.

Archived Vital Sunderland Articles

Vital Sunderland articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Sunderland
Write For Vital Sunderland
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Chelsea MotM
Suggested By:
Pickford64%
Jones0%
O Shea11%
Lescott3%
Manquillo3%
Larsson3%
Cattermole3%
Rodwell3%
Oviedo0%
Januzaj0%
Borini0%
Sub - Gooch7%
Sub - Gibson3%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Sunderland A.F.C. Results (view all)

Sunderland A.F.C. Fixtures (view all)

Write for Vital Football