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If Sunderland drop points at home to Burton Albion on Saturday they could be relegated to English football's third tier for only the second time in their history. They are six points adrift with three games to play. But who is to blame for their catastrophic fall? There are five main culprits. Ellis Short – Owner Ellis Short takes ultimate responsibility for Sunderland’s spectacular demise. He has been a hapless owner, even if his heart was once in the right place. All the various mistakes made over the last decade, can be traced back to Short. Whether it is the lack of football expertise at boardroom level, trusting the wrong people to advise him or the series of disagreements with successful managers at the start of his reign - Roy Keane, Steve Bruce and Martin O’Neill all departed when the Black Cats were outside of the relegation zone – he cannot escape blame. The only mitigating circumstances are that Short has bankrolled the club, covering losses of around £25m a year. He has, at least, paid for his mistakes out of his own pocket. “We are playing the blame game now,” said Sunderland’s former captain Gary Bennett. “Ellis Short is a popular target, but you cannot forget how much money he has put in. He has covered losses in excess of £100m. “The supporters want him to invest again, but why should he? He has wasted a fortune already. His problem has been, the people he appointed to run the club for him were not up to it. Ellis Short cannot be considered blameless Credit: PA “His money has been wasted and you can trace it all back to the summer of 2013 when 14 players were signed [by former director of football Roberto De Fanti}, players who were hopeless, were not there long, but took years to be paid off. That was a shocking waste.” Short is hugely unpopular with the majority of supporters, but Michael Graham of fanzine Roker Report thinks he was misguided rather than malicious. “Do I see him as some kind of faceless, soulless monster who is completely detached from the club, and wilfully running it into the ground?,” he aksed. “Absolutely not. “Ultimately, though, the mistakes have been his. He’s made poor decisions, trusted the wrong people, and led the club astray.” Verdict: Guilty Martin Bain – Sunderland chief executive Since Bain was appointed in 2016, Sunderland have been relegated from the Premier League and are on the brink of dropping into the third tier for only the second time in their history. That is a damning charge sheet. However, Bain has been putting out fires that started long before he arrived. He was ordered to cut costs to prevent financial meltdown. In the process, the football side of the business has been plunged into turmoil. Bain appointed David Moyes and refused to sack him, even when the club were staring down the barrel of the relegation shotgun, only for his fellow Scot to refuse to stay on to clear up the mess in the Championship. He appointed Simon Grayson last summer and then sacked him in November after just two league wins. He then appointed Chris Coleman as manager, who has not overseen any sort of upturn in results. “Frankly, everything he has touched has turned to disaster,” said Graham. “Perhaps in years to come, when the club are on a better financial footing, we’ll look back and think of Bain as the man who took the difficult decisions that helped the club stand tall again. Right now, though, he is accountable for an awful lot of the misery.” Verdict: Guilty Margaret Byrne – former chief executive In terms of lumbering Sunderland with inadequate players on vastly inflated wages, Byrne is largely to blame. Under her watch, Sunderland’s wage bill rose to become one of the ten highest in the Premier League, yet Sunderland achieved just one top ten finish during their decade in the top flight. A prime example of Byrne’s inability to get value for money, is former England international Jack Rodwell. She was the person who negotiated a five-year contract, paying Manchester City £10m to sign him, without a relegation clause that would reduce his wages. Rodwell, who earns around £70,000-a-week and not played since September, is the poster boy for a shocking lack of judgement in recruitment. While various managers and a poor scouting network are also responsible for this disaster, Byrne, who is now working as a football agent, signed off too many of those deals. Premier League and Football League relegation, promotion and play-offs “For years, Byrne was seen as the problem at Sunderland and we were assured that when she left, the problems would leave with her,” offers Graham in mitigation. “They didn’t, so she wasn’t. “However, if we are talking about those responsible for the mess Sunderland are in right now, then it’s hard to make a case for blaming Byrne. She left a club in decent shape on the pitch, with Sam Allardyce at the helm, and heading for much better things with a growing feel-good factor.” Verdict: Guilty David Moyes – former Sunderland manager David Moyes took Sunderland down and cannot escape that fact, despite the various excuses offered. The former Manchester United and Everton manager failed badly on Sunderland. He seemed like the ideal man for the job, but arrived too late in the summer of 2016, after pre-season had already started under his predecessor Allardyce, to recruit properly and made a series of panic buys. Ultimately, though, he got considerably less out of the players he inherited than Allardyce did. He appeared to lose heart, shocked by the dire financial situation at the Stadium of Light, but he was not sacked by Bain. But Moyes, dismayed to hear how little money there would be to spend after relegation, did not hang around to repair the damage. Moyes oversaw a dismal period in Sunderland's history Credit: PA “David Moyes is the manager who took Sunderland down, said Bennett. “But you have to look at the wider picture. He’s not the only manager who struggled and Sunderland have had half a dozen managers who have done good jobs elsewhere and failed here. The problems at this football club are bigger than the manager. “Should he have stayed after relegation? Maybe, but he realised Sunderland didn’t have any saleable assets. They sold Jordan Pickford for £30m, but that money was needed to keep the club running. He saw what was coming next.” Graham is less kind: “As far as I’m concerned, that man attempted to absolutely gut my club of its very soul. He demeaned it at every opportunity, talked it down, and seemed to write it off from day one. “He did nothing but chip away at the fabric of the club until what was left was barely recognisable. ‘Guilty’ isn’t a strong enough word for what Moyes did to Sunderland.” Verdict: Guilty Chris Coleman -current Sunderland manager Most people were pleasantly surprised when Coleman was appointed given the excellent job he had done with Wales. Coleman, though, has a far less impressive record in club management. The 47-year-old has spoken passionately and persuasively. There are those who merely feel he was doomed to fail because of the squad he inherited and the financial restrictions in place. Coleman has failed to turn things around despite financial backing Credit: getty images That seems a little kind. Coleman has been at Sunderland since mid-November, was allowed to sign players in January window and has still failed to get the Black Cats out of the bottom three. He has won just five out of his 28 games. “Like every manager, Chris Coleman looked in from the outside and thought what a fantastic club,” Bennett added. “He saw the wonderful stadium, the training ground and the fanbase and thought I can have success there, keep them up and then build towards promotion. “But once he got here, he saw the problems, he saw the lack of quality in the squad and the finances and now he’s just another manager struggling.” Graham added: “It would be easy to just write Coleman off as another managerial charlatan if it were based just on results. “But there needs to be a cultural change at Sunderland. All that is going to take strength and stones, and Coleman looks like he has enough of both to just have half a chance of pulling it off.” Verdict: Jury’s Out
Who is to blame for Sunderland's spectacular demise?
If Sunderland drop points at home to Burton Albion on Saturday they could be relegated to English football's third tier for only the second time in their history. They are six points adrift with three games to play. But who is to blame for their catastrophic fall? There are five main culprits. Ellis Short – Owner Ellis Short takes ultimate responsibility for Sunderland’s spectacular demise. He has been a hapless owner, even if his heart was once in the right place. All the various mistakes made over the last decade, can be traced back to Short. Whether it is the lack of football expertise at boardroom level, trusting the wrong people to advise him or the series of disagreements with successful managers at the start of his reign - Roy Keane, Steve Bruce and Martin O’Neill all departed when the Black Cats were outside of the relegation zone – he cannot escape blame. The only mitigating circumstances are that Short has bankrolled the club, covering losses of around £25m a year. He has, at least, paid for his mistakes out of his own pocket. “We are playing the blame game now,” said Sunderland’s former captain Gary Bennett. “Ellis Short is a popular target, but you cannot forget how much money he has put in. He has covered losses in excess of £100m. “The supporters want him to invest again, but why should he? He has wasted a fortune already. His problem has been, the people he appointed to run the club for him were not up to it. Ellis Short cannot be considered blameless Credit: PA “His money has been wasted and you can trace it all back to the summer of 2013 when 14 players were signed [by former director of football Roberto De Fanti}, players who were hopeless, were not there long, but took years to be paid off. That was a shocking waste.” Short is hugely unpopular with the majority of supporters, but Michael Graham of fanzine Roker Report thinks he was misguided rather than malicious. “Do I see him as some kind of faceless, soulless monster who is completely detached from the club, and wilfully running it into the ground?,” he aksed. “Absolutely not. “Ultimately, though, the mistakes have been his. He’s made poor decisions, trusted the wrong people, and led the club astray.” Verdict: Guilty Martin Bain – Sunderland chief executive Since Bain was appointed in 2016, Sunderland have been relegated from the Premier League and are on the brink of dropping into the third tier for only the second time in their history. That is a damning charge sheet. However, Bain has been putting out fires that started long before he arrived. He was ordered to cut costs to prevent financial meltdown. In the process, the football side of the business has been plunged into turmoil. Bain appointed David Moyes and refused to sack him, even when the club were staring down the barrel of the relegation shotgun, only for his fellow Scot to refuse to stay on to clear up the mess in the Championship. He appointed Simon Grayson last summer and then sacked him in November after just two league wins. He then appointed Chris Coleman as manager, who has not overseen any sort of upturn in results. “Frankly, everything he has touched has turned to disaster,” said Graham. “Perhaps in years to come, when the club are on a better financial footing, we’ll look back and think of Bain as the man who took the difficult decisions that helped the club stand tall again. Right now, though, he is accountable for an awful lot of the misery.” Verdict: Guilty Margaret Byrne – former chief executive In terms of lumbering Sunderland with inadequate players on vastly inflated wages, Byrne is largely to blame. Under her watch, Sunderland’s wage bill rose to become one of the ten highest in the Premier League, yet Sunderland achieved just one top ten finish during their decade in the top flight. A prime example of Byrne’s inability to get value for money, is former England international Jack Rodwell. She was the person who negotiated a five-year contract, paying Manchester City £10m to sign him, without a relegation clause that would reduce his wages. Rodwell, who earns around £70,000-a-week and not played since September, is the poster boy for a shocking lack of judgement in recruitment. While various managers and a poor scouting network are also responsible for this disaster, Byrne, who is now working as a football agent, signed off too many of those deals. Premier League and Football League relegation, promotion and play-offs “For years, Byrne was seen as the problem at Sunderland and we were assured that when she left, the problems would leave with her,” offers Graham in mitigation. “They didn’t, so she wasn’t. “However, if we are talking about those responsible for the mess Sunderland are in right now, then it’s hard to make a case for blaming Byrne. She left a club in decent shape on the pitch, with Sam Allardyce at the helm, and heading for much better things with a growing feel-good factor.” Verdict: Guilty David Moyes – former Sunderland manager David Moyes took Sunderland down and cannot escape that fact, despite the various excuses offered. The former Manchester United and Everton manager failed badly on Sunderland. He seemed like the ideal man for the job, but arrived too late in the summer of 2016, after pre-season had already started under his predecessor Allardyce, to recruit properly and made a series of panic buys. Ultimately, though, he got considerably less out of the players he inherited than Allardyce did. He appeared to lose heart, shocked by the dire financial situation at the Stadium of Light, but he was not sacked by Bain. But Moyes, dismayed to hear how little money there would be to spend after relegation, did not hang around to repair the damage. Moyes oversaw a dismal period in Sunderland's history Credit: PA “David Moyes is the manager who took Sunderland down, said Bennett. “But you have to look at the wider picture. He’s not the only manager who struggled and Sunderland have had half a dozen managers who have done good jobs elsewhere and failed here. The problems at this football club are bigger than the manager. “Should he have stayed after relegation? Maybe, but he realised Sunderland didn’t have any saleable assets. They sold Jordan Pickford for £30m, but that money was needed to keep the club running. He saw what was coming next.” Graham is less kind: “As far as I’m concerned, that man attempted to absolutely gut my club of its very soul. He demeaned it at every opportunity, talked it down, and seemed to write it off from day one. “He did nothing but chip away at the fabric of the club until what was left was barely recognisable. ‘Guilty’ isn’t a strong enough word for what Moyes did to Sunderland.” Verdict: Guilty Chris Coleman -current Sunderland manager Most people were pleasantly surprised when Coleman was appointed given the excellent job he had done with Wales. Coleman, though, has a far less impressive record in club management. The 47-year-old has spoken passionately and persuasively. There are those who merely feel he was doomed to fail because of the squad he inherited and the financial restrictions in place. Coleman has failed to turn things around despite financial backing Credit: getty images That seems a little kind. Coleman has been at Sunderland since mid-November, was allowed to sign players in January window and has still failed to get the Black Cats out of the bottom three. He has won just five out of his 28 games. “Like every manager, Chris Coleman looked in from the outside and thought what a fantastic club,” Bennett added. “He saw the wonderful stadium, the training ground and the fanbase and thought I can have success there, keep them up and then build towards promotion. “But once he got here, he saw the problems, he saw the lack of quality in the squad and the finances and now he’s just another manager struggling.” Graham added: “It would be easy to just write Coleman off as another managerial charlatan if it were based just on results. “But there needs to be a cultural change at Sunderland. All that is going to take strength and stones, and Coleman looks like he has enough of both to just have half a chance of pulling it off.” Verdict: Jury’s Out
If Sunderland drop points at home to Burton Albion on Saturday they could be relegated to English football's third tier for only the second time in their history. They are six points adrift with three games to play. But who is to blame for their catastrophic fall? There are five main culprits. Ellis Short – Owner Ellis Short takes ultimate responsibility for Sunderland’s spectacular demise. He has been a hapless owner, even if his heart was once in the right place. All the various mistakes made over the last decade, can be traced back to Short. Whether it is the lack of football expertise at boardroom level, trusting the wrong people to advise him or the series of disagreements with successful managers at the start of his reign - Roy Keane, Steve Bruce and Martin O’Neill all departed when the Black Cats were outside of the relegation zone – he cannot escape blame. The only mitigating circumstances are that Short has bankrolled the club, covering losses of around £25m a year. He has, at least, paid for his mistakes out of his own pocket. “We are playing the blame game now,” said Sunderland’s former captain Gary Bennett. “Ellis Short is a popular target, but you cannot forget how much money he has put in. He has covered losses in excess of £100m. “The supporters want him to invest again, but why should he? He has wasted a fortune already. His problem has been, the people he appointed to run the club for him were not up to it. Ellis Short cannot be considered blameless Credit: PA “His money has been wasted and you can trace it all back to the summer of 2013 when 14 players were signed [by former director of football Roberto De Fanti}, players who were hopeless, were not there long, but took years to be paid off. That was a shocking waste.” Short is hugely unpopular with the majority of supporters, but Michael Graham of fanzine Roker Report thinks he was misguided rather than malicious. “Do I see him as some kind of faceless, soulless monster who is completely detached from the club, and wilfully running it into the ground?,” he aksed. “Absolutely not. “Ultimately, though, the mistakes have been his. He’s made poor decisions, trusted the wrong people, and led the club astray.” Verdict: Guilty Martin Bain – Sunderland chief executive Since Bain was appointed in 2016, Sunderland have been relegated from the Premier League and are on the brink of dropping into the third tier for only the second time in their history. That is a damning charge sheet. However, Bain has been putting out fires that started long before he arrived. He was ordered to cut costs to prevent financial meltdown. In the process, the football side of the business has been plunged into turmoil. Bain appointed David Moyes and refused to sack him, even when the club were staring down the barrel of the relegation shotgun, only for his fellow Scot to refuse to stay on to clear up the mess in the Championship. He appointed Simon Grayson last summer and then sacked him in November after just two league wins. He then appointed Chris Coleman as manager, who has not overseen any sort of upturn in results. “Frankly, everything he has touched has turned to disaster,” said Graham. “Perhaps in years to come, when the club are on a better financial footing, we’ll look back and think of Bain as the man who took the difficult decisions that helped the club stand tall again. Right now, though, he is accountable for an awful lot of the misery.” Verdict: Guilty Margaret Byrne – former chief executive In terms of lumbering Sunderland with inadequate players on vastly inflated wages, Byrne is largely to blame. Under her watch, Sunderland’s wage bill rose to become one of the ten highest in the Premier League, yet Sunderland achieved just one top ten finish during their decade in the top flight. A prime example of Byrne’s inability to get value for money, is former England international Jack Rodwell. She was the person who negotiated a five-year contract, paying Manchester City £10m to sign him, without a relegation clause that would reduce his wages. Rodwell, who earns around £70,000-a-week and not played since September, is the poster boy for a shocking lack of judgement in recruitment. While various managers and a poor scouting network are also responsible for this disaster, Byrne, who is now working as a football agent, signed off too many of those deals. Premier League and Football League relegation, promotion and play-offs “For years, Byrne was seen as the problem at Sunderland and we were assured that when she left, the problems would leave with her,” offers Graham in mitigation. “They didn’t, so she wasn’t. “However, if we are talking about those responsible for the mess Sunderland are in right now, then it’s hard to make a case for blaming Byrne. She left a club in decent shape on the pitch, with Sam Allardyce at the helm, and heading for much better things with a growing feel-good factor.” Verdict: Guilty David Moyes – former Sunderland manager David Moyes took Sunderland down and cannot escape that fact, despite the various excuses offered. The former Manchester United and Everton manager failed badly on Sunderland. He seemed like the ideal man for the job, but arrived too late in the summer of 2016, after pre-season had already started under his predecessor Allardyce, to recruit properly and made a series of panic buys. Ultimately, though, he got considerably less out of the players he inherited than Allardyce did. He appeared to lose heart, shocked by the dire financial situation at the Stadium of Light, but he was not sacked by Bain. But Moyes, dismayed to hear how little money there would be to spend after relegation, did not hang around to repair the damage. Moyes oversaw a dismal period in Sunderland's history Credit: PA “David Moyes is the manager who took Sunderland down, said Bennett. “But you have to look at the wider picture. He’s not the only manager who struggled and Sunderland have had half a dozen managers who have done good jobs elsewhere and failed here. The problems at this football club are bigger than the manager. “Should he have stayed after relegation? Maybe, but he realised Sunderland didn’t have any saleable assets. They sold Jordan Pickford for £30m, but that money was needed to keep the club running. He saw what was coming next.” Graham is less kind: “As far as I’m concerned, that man attempted to absolutely gut my club of its very soul. He demeaned it at every opportunity, talked it down, and seemed to write it off from day one. “He did nothing but chip away at the fabric of the club until what was left was barely recognisable. ‘Guilty’ isn’t a strong enough word for what Moyes did to Sunderland.” Verdict: Guilty Chris Coleman -current Sunderland manager Most people were pleasantly surprised when Coleman was appointed given the excellent job he had done with Wales. Coleman, though, has a far less impressive record in club management. The 47-year-old has spoken passionately and persuasively. There are those who merely feel he was doomed to fail because of the squad he inherited and the financial restrictions in place. Coleman has failed to turn things around despite financial backing Credit: getty images That seems a little kind. Coleman has been at Sunderland since mid-November, was allowed to sign players in January window and has still failed to get the Black Cats out of the bottom three. He has won just five out of his 28 games. “Like every manager, Chris Coleman looked in from the outside and thought what a fantastic club,” Bennett added. “He saw the wonderful stadium, the training ground and the fanbase and thought I can have success there, keep them up and then build towards promotion. “But once he got here, he saw the problems, he saw the lack of quality in the squad and the finances and now he’s just another manager struggling.” Graham added: “It would be easy to just write Coleman off as another managerial charlatan if it were based just on results. “But there needs to be a cultural change at Sunderland. All that is going to take strength and stones, and Coleman looks like he has enough of both to just have half a chance of pulling it off.” Verdict: Jury’s Out
Who is to blame for Sunderland's spectacular demise?
If Sunderland drop points at home to Burton Albion on Saturday they could be relegated to English football's third tier for only the second time in their history. They are six points adrift with three games to play. But who is to blame for their catastrophic fall? There are five main culprits. Ellis Short – Owner Ellis Short takes ultimate responsibility for Sunderland’s spectacular demise. He has been a hapless owner, even if his heart was once in the right place. All the various mistakes made over the last decade, can be traced back to Short. Whether it is the lack of football expertise at boardroom level, trusting the wrong people to advise him or the series of disagreements with successful managers at the start of his reign - Roy Keane, Steve Bruce and Martin O’Neill all departed when the Black Cats were outside of the relegation zone – he cannot escape blame. The only mitigating circumstances are that Short has bankrolled the club, covering losses of around £25m a year. He has, at least, paid for his mistakes out of his own pocket. “We are playing the blame game now,” said Sunderland’s former captain Gary Bennett. “Ellis Short is a popular target, but you cannot forget how much money he has put in. He has covered losses in excess of £100m. “The supporters want him to invest again, but why should he? He has wasted a fortune already. His problem has been, the people he appointed to run the club for him were not up to it. Ellis Short cannot be considered blameless Credit: PA “His money has been wasted and you can trace it all back to the summer of 2013 when 14 players were signed [by former director of football Roberto De Fanti}, players who were hopeless, were not there long, but took years to be paid off. That was a shocking waste.” Short is hugely unpopular with the majority of supporters, but Michael Graham of fanzine Roker Report thinks he was misguided rather than malicious. “Do I see him as some kind of faceless, soulless monster who is completely detached from the club, and wilfully running it into the ground?,” he aksed. “Absolutely not. “Ultimately, though, the mistakes have been his. He’s made poor decisions, trusted the wrong people, and led the club astray.” Verdict: Guilty Martin Bain – Sunderland chief executive Since Bain was appointed in 2016, Sunderland have been relegated from the Premier League and are on the brink of dropping into the third tier for only the second time in their history. That is a damning charge sheet. However, Bain has been putting out fires that started long before he arrived. He was ordered to cut costs to prevent financial meltdown. In the process, the football side of the business has been plunged into turmoil. Bain appointed David Moyes and refused to sack him, even when the club were staring down the barrel of the relegation shotgun, only for his fellow Scot to refuse to stay on to clear up the mess in the Championship. He appointed Simon Grayson last summer and then sacked him in November after just two league wins. He then appointed Chris Coleman as manager, who has not overseen any sort of upturn in results. “Frankly, everything he has touched has turned to disaster,” said Graham. “Perhaps in years to come, when the club are on a better financial footing, we’ll look back and think of Bain as the man who took the difficult decisions that helped the club stand tall again. Right now, though, he is accountable for an awful lot of the misery.” Verdict: Guilty Margaret Byrne – former chief executive In terms of lumbering Sunderland with inadequate players on vastly inflated wages, Byrne is largely to blame. Under her watch, Sunderland’s wage bill rose to become one of the ten highest in the Premier League, yet Sunderland achieved just one top ten finish during their decade in the top flight. A prime example of Byrne’s inability to get value for money, is former England international Jack Rodwell. She was the person who negotiated a five-year contract, paying Manchester City £10m to sign him, without a relegation clause that would reduce his wages. Rodwell, who earns around £70,000-a-week and not played since September, is the poster boy for a shocking lack of judgement in recruitment. While various managers and a poor scouting network are also responsible for this disaster, Byrne, who is now working as a football agent, signed off too many of those deals. Premier League and Football League relegation, promotion and play-offs “For years, Byrne was seen as the problem at Sunderland and we were assured that when she left, the problems would leave with her,” offers Graham in mitigation. “They didn’t, so she wasn’t. “However, if we are talking about those responsible for the mess Sunderland are in right now, then it’s hard to make a case for blaming Byrne. She left a club in decent shape on the pitch, with Sam Allardyce at the helm, and heading for much better things with a growing feel-good factor.” Verdict: Guilty David Moyes – former Sunderland manager David Moyes took Sunderland down and cannot escape that fact, despite the various excuses offered. The former Manchester United and Everton manager failed badly on Sunderland. He seemed like the ideal man for the job, but arrived too late in the summer of 2016, after pre-season had already started under his predecessor Allardyce, to recruit properly and made a series of panic buys. Ultimately, though, he got considerably less out of the players he inherited than Allardyce did. He appeared to lose heart, shocked by the dire financial situation at the Stadium of Light, but he was not sacked by Bain. But Moyes, dismayed to hear how little money there would be to spend after relegation, did not hang around to repair the damage. Moyes oversaw a dismal period in Sunderland's history Credit: PA “David Moyes is the manager who took Sunderland down, said Bennett. “But you have to look at the wider picture. He’s not the only manager who struggled and Sunderland have had half a dozen managers who have done good jobs elsewhere and failed here. The problems at this football club are bigger than the manager. “Should he have stayed after relegation? Maybe, but he realised Sunderland didn’t have any saleable assets. They sold Jordan Pickford for £30m, but that money was needed to keep the club running. He saw what was coming next.” Graham is less kind: “As far as I’m concerned, that man attempted to absolutely gut my club of its very soul. He demeaned it at every opportunity, talked it down, and seemed to write it off from day one. “He did nothing but chip away at the fabric of the club until what was left was barely recognisable. ‘Guilty’ isn’t a strong enough word for what Moyes did to Sunderland.” Verdict: Guilty Chris Coleman -current Sunderland manager Most people were pleasantly surprised when Coleman was appointed given the excellent job he had done with Wales. Coleman, though, has a far less impressive record in club management. The 47-year-old has spoken passionately and persuasively. There are those who merely feel he was doomed to fail because of the squad he inherited and the financial restrictions in place. Coleman has failed to turn things around despite financial backing Credit: getty images That seems a little kind. Coleman has been at Sunderland since mid-November, was allowed to sign players in January window and has still failed to get the Black Cats out of the bottom three. He has won just five out of his 28 games. “Like every manager, Chris Coleman looked in from the outside and thought what a fantastic club,” Bennett added. “He saw the wonderful stadium, the training ground and the fanbase and thought I can have success there, keep them up and then build towards promotion. “But once he got here, he saw the problems, he saw the lack of quality in the squad and the finances and now he’s just another manager struggling.” Graham added: “It would be easy to just write Coleman off as another managerial charlatan if it were based just on results. “But there needs to be a cultural change at Sunderland. All that is going to take strength and stones, and Coleman looks like he has enough of both to just have half a chance of pulling it off.” Verdict: Jury’s Out
If Sunderland drop points at home to Burton Albion on Saturday they could be relegated to English football's third tier for only the second time in their history. They are six points adrift with three games to play. But who is to blame for their catastrophic fall? There are five main culprits. Ellis Short – Owner Ellis Short takes ultimate responsibility for Sunderland’s spectacular demise. He has been a hapless owner, even if his heart was once in the right place. All the various mistakes made over the last decade, can be traced back to Short. Whether it is the lack of football expertise at boardroom level, trusting the wrong people to advise him or the series of disagreements with successful managers at the start of his reign - Roy Keane, Steve Bruce and Martin O’Neill all departed when the Black Cats were outside of the relegation zone – he cannot escape blame. The only mitigating circumstances are that Short has bankrolled the club, covering losses of around £25m a year. He has, at least, paid for his mistakes out of his own pocket. “We are playing the blame game now,” said Sunderland’s former captain Gary Bennett. “Ellis Short is a popular target, but you cannot forget how much money he has put in. He has covered losses in excess of £100m. “The supporters want him to invest again, but why should he? He has wasted a fortune already. His problem has been, the people he appointed to run the club for him were not up to it. Ellis Short cannot be considered blameless Credit: PA “His money has been wasted and you can trace it all back to the summer of 2013 when 14 players were signed [by former director of football Roberto De Fanti}, players who were hopeless, were not there long, but took years to be paid off. That was a shocking waste.” Short is hugely unpopular with the majority of supporters, but Michael Graham of fanzine Roker Report thinks he was misguided rather than malicious. “Do I see him as some kind of faceless, soulless monster who is completely detached from the club, and wilfully running it into the ground?,” he aksed. “Absolutely not. “Ultimately, though, the mistakes have been his. He’s made poor decisions, trusted the wrong people, and led the club astray.” Verdict: Guilty Martin Bain – Sunderland chief executive Since Bain was appointed in 2016, Sunderland have been relegated from the Premier League and are on the brink of dropping into the third tier for only the second time in their history. That is a damning charge sheet. However, Bain has been putting out fires that started long before he arrived. He was ordered to cut costs to prevent financial meltdown. In the process, the football side of the business has been plunged into turmoil. Bain appointed David Moyes and refused to sack him, even when the club were staring down the barrel of the relegation shotgun, only for his fellow Scot to refuse to stay on to clear up the mess in the Championship. He appointed Simon Grayson last summer and then sacked him in November after just two league wins. He then appointed Chris Coleman as manager, who has not overseen any sort of upturn in results. “Frankly, everything he has touched has turned to disaster,” said Graham. “Perhaps in years to come, when the club are on a better financial footing, we’ll look back and think of Bain as the man who took the difficult decisions that helped the club stand tall again. Right now, though, he is accountable for an awful lot of the misery.” Verdict: Guilty Margaret Byrne – former chief executive In terms of lumbering Sunderland with inadequate players on vastly inflated wages, Byrne is largely to blame. Under her watch, Sunderland’s wage bill rose to become one of the ten highest in the Premier League, yet Sunderland achieved just one top ten finish during their decade in the top flight. A prime example of Byrne’s inability to get value for money, is former England international Jack Rodwell. She was the person who negotiated a five-year contract, paying Manchester City £10m to sign him, without a relegation clause that would reduce his wages. Rodwell, who earns around £70,000-a-week and not played since September, is the poster boy for a shocking lack of judgement in recruitment. While various managers and a poor scouting network are also responsible for this disaster, Byrne, who is now working as a football agent, signed off too many of those deals. Premier League and Football League relegation, promotion and play-offs “For years, Byrne was seen as the problem at Sunderland and we were assured that when she left, the problems would leave with her,” offers Graham in mitigation. “They didn’t, so she wasn’t. “However, if we are talking about those responsible for the mess Sunderland are in right now, then it’s hard to make a case for blaming Byrne. She left a club in decent shape on the pitch, with Sam Allardyce at the helm, and heading for much better things with a growing feel-good factor.” Verdict: Guilty David Moyes – former Sunderland manager David Moyes took Sunderland down and cannot escape that fact, despite the various excuses offered. The former Manchester United and Everton manager failed badly on Sunderland. He seemed like the ideal man for the job, but arrived too late in the summer of 2016, after pre-season had already started under his predecessor Allardyce, to recruit properly and made a series of panic buys. Ultimately, though, he got considerably less out of the players he inherited than Allardyce did. He appeared to lose heart, shocked by the dire financial situation at the Stadium of Light, but he was not sacked by Bain. But Moyes, dismayed to hear how little money there would be to spend after relegation, did not hang around to repair the damage. Moyes oversaw a dismal period in Sunderland's history Credit: PA “David Moyes is the manager who took Sunderland down, said Bennett. “But you have to look at the wider picture. He’s not the only manager who struggled and Sunderland have had half a dozen managers who have done good jobs elsewhere and failed here. The problems at this football club are bigger than the manager. “Should he have stayed after relegation? Maybe, but he realised Sunderland didn’t have any saleable assets. They sold Jordan Pickford for £30m, but that money was needed to keep the club running. He saw what was coming next.” Graham is less kind: “As far as I’m concerned, that man attempted to absolutely gut my club of its very soul. He demeaned it at every opportunity, talked it down, and seemed to write it off from day one. “He did nothing but chip away at the fabric of the club until what was left was barely recognisable. ‘Guilty’ isn’t a strong enough word for what Moyes did to Sunderland.” Verdict: Guilty Chris Coleman -current Sunderland manager Most people were pleasantly surprised when Coleman was appointed given the excellent job he had done with Wales. Coleman, though, has a far less impressive record in club management. The 47-year-old has spoken passionately and persuasively. There are those who merely feel he was doomed to fail because of the squad he inherited and the financial restrictions in place. Coleman has failed to turn things around despite financial backing Credit: getty images That seems a little kind. Coleman has been at Sunderland since mid-November, was allowed to sign players in January window and has still failed to get the Black Cats out of the bottom three. He has won just five out of his 28 games. “Like every manager, Chris Coleman looked in from the outside and thought what a fantastic club,” Bennett added. “He saw the wonderful stadium, the training ground and the fanbase and thought I can have success there, keep them up and then build towards promotion. “But once he got here, he saw the problems, he saw the lack of quality in the squad and the finances and now he’s just another manager struggling.” Graham added: “It would be easy to just write Coleman off as another managerial charlatan if it were based just on results. “But there needs to be a cultural change at Sunderland. All that is going to take strength and stones, and Coleman looks like he has enough of both to just have half a chance of pulling it off.” Verdict: Jury’s Out
Who is to blame for Sunderland's spectacular demise?
If Sunderland drop points at home to Burton Albion on Saturday they could be relegated to English football's third tier for only the second time in their history. They are six points adrift with three games to play. But who is to blame for their catastrophic fall? There are five main culprits. Ellis Short – Owner Ellis Short takes ultimate responsibility for Sunderland’s spectacular demise. He has been a hapless owner, even if his heart was once in the right place. All the various mistakes made over the last decade, can be traced back to Short. Whether it is the lack of football expertise at boardroom level, trusting the wrong people to advise him or the series of disagreements with successful managers at the start of his reign - Roy Keane, Steve Bruce and Martin O’Neill all departed when the Black Cats were outside of the relegation zone – he cannot escape blame. The only mitigating circumstances are that Short has bankrolled the club, covering losses of around £25m a year. He has, at least, paid for his mistakes out of his own pocket. “We are playing the blame game now,” said Sunderland’s former captain Gary Bennett. “Ellis Short is a popular target, but you cannot forget how much money he has put in. He has covered losses in excess of £100m. “The supporters want him to invest again, but why should he? He has wasted a fortune already. His problem has been, the people he appointed to run the club for him were not up to it. Ellis Short cannot be considered blameless Credit: PA “His money has been wasted and you can trace it all back to the summer of 2013 when 14 players were signed [by former director of football Roberto De Fanti}, players who were hopeless, were not there long, but took years to be paid off. That was a shocking waste.” Short is hugely unpopular with the majority of supporters, but Michael Graham of fanzine Roker Report thinks he was misguided rather than malicious. “Do I see him as some kind of faceless, soulless monster who is completely detached from the club, and wilfully running it into the ground?,” he aksed. “Absolutely not. “Ultimately, though, the mistakes have been his. He’s made poor decisions, trusted the wrong people, and led the club astray.” Verdict: Guilty Martin Bain – Sunderland chief executive Since Bain was appointed in 2016, Sunderland have been relegated from the Premier League and are on the brink of dropping into the third tier for only the second time in their history. That is a damning charge sheet. However, Bain has been putting out fires that started long before he arrived. He was ordered to cut costs to prevent financial meltdown. In the process, the football side of the business has been plunged into turmoil. Bain appointed David Moyes and refused to sack him, even when the club were staring down the barrel of the relegation shotgun, only for his fellow Scot to refuse to stay on to clear up the mess in the Championship. He appointed Simon Grayson last summer and then sacked him in November after just two league wins. He then appointed Chris Coleman as manager, who has not overseen any sort of upturn in results. “Frankly, everything he has touched has turned to disaster,” said Graham. “Perhaps in years to come, when the club are on a better financial footing, we’ll look back and think of Bain as the man who took the difficult decisions that helped the club stand tall again. Right now, though, he is accountable for an awful lot of the misery.” Verdict: Guilty Margaret Byrne – former chief executive In terms of lumbering Sunderland with inadequate players on vastly inflated wages, Byrne is largely to blame. Under her watch, Sunderland’s wage bill rose to become one of the ten highest in the Premier League, yet Sunderland achieved just one top ten finish during their decade in the top flight. A prime example of Byrne’s inability to get value for money, is former England international Jack Rodwell. She was the person who negotiated a five-year contract, paying Manchester City £10m to sign him, without a relegation clause that would reduce his wages. Rodwell, who earns around £70,000-a-week and not played since September, is the poster boy for a shocking lack of judgement in recruitment. While various managers and a poor scouting network are also responsible for this disaster, Byrne, who is now working as a football agent, signed off too many of those deals. Premier League and Football League relegation, promotion and play-offs “For years, Byrne was seen as the problem at Sunderland and we were assured that when she left, the problems would leave with her,” offers Graham in mitigation. “They didn’t, so she wasn’t. “However, if we are talking about those responsible for the mess Sunderland are in right now, then it’s hard to make a case for blaming Byrne. She left a club in decent shape on the pitch, with Sam Allardyce at the helm, and heading for much better things with a growing feel-good factor.” Verdict: Guilty David Moyes – former Sunderland manager David Moyes took Sunderland down and cannot escape that fact, despite the various excuses offered. The former Manchester United and Everton manager failed badly on Sunderland. He seemed like the ideal man for the job, but arrived too late in the summer of 2016, after pre-season had already started under his predecessor Allardyce, to recruit properly and made a series of panic buys. Ultimately, though, he got considerably less out of the players he inherited than Allardyce did. He appeared to lose heart, shocked by the dire financial situation at the Stadium of Light, but he was not sacked by Bain. But Moyes, dismayed to hear how little money there would be to spend after relegation, did not hang around to repair the damage. Moyes oversaw a dismal period in Sunderland's history Credit: PA “David Moyes is the manager who took Sunderland down, said Bennett. “But you have to look at the wider picture. He’s not the only manager who struggled and Sunderland have had half a dozen managers who have done good jobs elsewhere and failed here. The problems at this football club are bigger than the manager. “Should he have stayed after relegation? Maybe, but he realised Sunderland didn’t have any saleable assets. They sold Jordan Pickford for £30m, but that money was needed to keep the club running. He saw what was coming next.” Graham is less kind: “As far as I’m concerned, that man attempted to absolutely gut my club of its very soul. He demeaned it at every opportunity, talked it down, and seemed to write it off from day one. “He did nothing but chip away at the fabric of the club until what was left was barely recognisable. ‘Guilty’ isn’t a strong enough word for what Moyes did to Sunderland.” Verdict: Guilty Chris Coleman -current Sunderland manager Most people were pleasantly surprised when Coleman was appointed given the excellent job he had done with Wales. Coleman, though, has a far less impressive record in club management. The 47-year-old has spoken passionately and persuasively. There are those who merely feel he was doomed to fail because of the squad he inherited and the financial restrictions in place. Coleman has failed to turn things around despite financial backing Credit: getty images That seems a little kind. Coleman has been at Sunderland since mid-November, was allowed to sign players in January window and has still failed to get the Black Cats out of the bottom three. He has won just five out of his 28 games. “Like every manager, Chris Coleman looked in from the outside and thought what a fantastic club,” Bennett added. “He saw the wonderful stadium, the training ground and the fanbase and thought I can have success there, keep them up and then build towards promotion. “But once he got here, he saw the problems, he saw the lack of quality in the squad and the finances and now he’s just another manager struggling.” Graham added: “It would be easy to just write Coleman off as another managerial charlatan if it were based just on results. “But there needs to be a cultural change at Sunderland. All that is going to take strength and stones, and Coleman looks like he has enough of both to just have half a chance of pulling it off.” Verdict: Jury’s Out
If Sunderland drop points at home to Burton Albion on Saturday they could be relegated to English football's third tier for only the second time in their history. They are six points adrift with three games to play. But who is to blame for their catastrophic fall? There are five main culprits. Ellis Short – Owner Ellis Short takes ultimate responsibility for Sunderland’s spectacular demise. He has been a hapless owner, even if his heart was once in the right place. All the various mistakes made over the last decade, can be traced back to Short. Whether it is the lack of football expertise at boardroom level, trusting the wrong people to advise him or the series of disagreements with successful managers at the start of his reign - Roy Keane, Steve Bruce and Martin O’Neill all departed when the Black Cats were outside of the relegation zone – he cannot escape blame. The only mitigating circumstances are that Short has bankrolled the club, covering losses of around £25m a year. He has, at least, paid for his mistakes out of his own pocket. “We are playing the blame game now,” said Sunderland’s former captain Gary Bennett. “Ellis Short is a popular target, but you cannot forget how much money he has put in. He has covered losses in excess of £100m. “The supporters want him to invest again, but why should he? He has wasted a fortune already. His problem has been, the people he appointed to run the club for him were not up to it. Ellis Short cannot be considered blameless Credit: PA “His money has been wasted and you can trace it all back to the summer of 2013 when 14 players were signed [by former director of football Roberto De Fanti}, players who were hopeless, were not there long, but took years to be paid off. That was a shocking waste.” Short is hugely unpopular with the majority of supporters, but Michael Graham of fanzine Roker Report thinks he was misguided rather than malicious. “Do I see him as some kind of faceless, soulless monster who is completely detached from the club, and wilfully running it into the ground?,” he aksed. “Absolutely not. “Ultimately, though, the mistakes have been his. He’s made poor decisions, trusted the wrong people, and led the club astray.” Verdict: Guilty Martin Bain – Sunderland chief executive Since Bain was appointed in 2016, Sunderland have been relegated from the Premier League and are on the brink of dropping into the third tier for only the second time in their history. That is a damning charge sheet. However, Bain has been putting out fires that started long before he arrived. He was ordered to cut costs to prevent financial meltdown. In the process, the football side of the business has been plunged into turmoil. Bain appointed David Moyes and refused to sack him, even when the club were staring down the barrel of the relegation shotgun, only for his fellow Scot to refuse to stay on to clear up the mess in the Championship. He appointed Simon Grayson last summer and then sacked him in November after just two league wins. He then appointed Chris Coleman as manager, who has not overseen any sort of upturn in results. “Frankly, everything he has touched has turned to disaster,” said Graham. “Perhaps in years to come, when the club are on a better financial footing, we’ll look back and think of Bain as the man who took the difficult decisions that helped the club stand tall again. Right now, though, he is accountable for an awful lot of the misery.” Verdict: Guilty Margaret Byrne – former chief executive In terms of lumbering Sunderland with inadequate players on vastly inflated wages, Byrne is largely to blame. Under her watch, Sunderland’s wage bill rose to become one of the ten highest in the Premier League, yet Sunderland achieved just one top ten finish during their decade in the top flight. A prime example of Byrne’s inability to get value for money, is former England international Jack Rodwell. She was the person who negotiated a five-year contract, paying Manchester City £10m to sign him, without a relegation clause that would reduce his wages. Rodwell, who earns around £70,000-a-week and not played since September, is the poster boy for a shocking lack of judgement in recruitment. While various managers and a poor scouting network are also responsible for this disaster, Byrne, who is now working as a football agent, signed off too many of those deals. Premier League and Football League relegation, promotion and play-offs “For years, Byrne was seen as the problem at Sunderland and we were assured that when she left, the problems would leave with her,” offers Graham in mitigation. “They didn’t, so she wasn’t. “However, if we are talking about those responsible for the mess Sunderland are in right now, then it’s hard to make a case for blaming Byrne. She left a club in decent shape on the pitch, with Sam Allardyce at the helm, and heading for much better things with a growing feel-good factor.” Verdict: Guilty David Moyes – former Sunderland manager David Moyes took Sunderland down and cannot escape that fact, despite the various excuses offered. The former Manchester United and Everton manager failed badly on Sunderland. He seemed like the ideal man for the job, but arrived too late in the summer of 2016, after pre-season had already started under his predecessor Allardyce, to recruit properly and made a series of panic buys. Ultimately, though, he got considerably less out of the players he inherited than Allardyce did. He appeared to lose heart, shocked by the dire financial situation at the Stadium of Light, but he was not sacked by Bain. But Moyes, dismayed to hear how little money there would be to spend after relegation, did not hang around to repair the damage. Moyes oversaw a dismal period in Sunderland's history Credit: PA “David Moyes is the manager who took Sunderland down, said Bennett. “But you have to look at the wider picture. He’s not the only manager who struggled and Sunderland have had half a dozen managers who have done good jobs elsewhere and failed here. The problems at this football club are bigger than the manager. “Should he have stayed after relegation? Maybe, but he realised Sunderland didn’t have any saleable assets. They sold Jordan Pickford for £30m, but that money was needed to keep the club running. He saw what was coming next.” Graham is less kind: “As far as I’m concerned, that man attempted to absolutely gut my club of its very soul. He demeaned it at every opportunity, talked it down, and seemed to write it off from day one. “He did nothing but chip away at the fabric of the club until what was left was barely recognisable. ‘Guilty’ isn’t a strong enough word for what Moyes did to Sunderland.” Verdict: Guilty Chris Coleman -current Sunderland manager Most people were pleasantly surprised when Coleman was appointed given the excellent job he had done with Wales. Coleman, though, has a far less impressive record in club management. The 47-year-old has spoken passionately and persuasively. There are those who merely feel he was doomed to fail because of the squad he inherited and the financial restrictions in place. Coleman has failed to turn things around despite financial backing Credit: getty images That seems a little kind. Coleman has been at Sunderland since mid-November, was allowed to sign players in January window and has still failed to get the Black Cats out of the bottom three. He has won just five out of his 28 games. “Like every manager, Chris Coleman looked in from the outside and thought what a fantastic club,” Bennett added. “He saw the wonderful stadium, the training ground and the fanbase and thought I can have success there, keep them up and then build towards promotion. “But once he got here, he saw the problems, he saw the lack of quality in the squad and the finances and now he’s just another manager struggling.” Graham added: “It would be easy to just write Coleman off as another managerial charlatan if it were based just on results. “But there needs to be a cultural change at Sunderland. All that is going to take strength and stones, and Coleman looks like he has enough of both to just have half a chance of pulling it off.” Verdict: Jury’s Out
Who is to blame for Sunderland's spectacular demise?
If Sunderland drop points at home to Burton Albion on Saturday they could be relegated to English football's third tier for only the second time in their history. They are six points adrift with three games to play. But who is to blame for their catastrophic fall? There are five main culprits. Ellis Short – Owner Ellis Short takes ultimate responsibility for Sunderland’s spectacular demise. He has been a hapless owner, even if his heart was once in the right place. All the various mistakes made over the last decade, can be traced back to Short. Whether it is the lack of football expertise at boardroom level, trusting the wrong people to advise him or the series of disagreements with successful managers at the start of his reign - Roy Keane, Steve Bruce and Martin O’Neill all departed when the Black Cats were outside of the relegation zone – he cannot escape blame. The only mitigating circumstances are that Short has bankrolled the club, covering losses of around £25m a year. He has, at least, paid for his mistakes out of his own pocket. “We are playing the blame game now,” said Sunderland’s former captain Gary Bennett. “Ellis Short is a popular target, but you cannot forget how much money he has put in. He has covered losses in excess of £100m. “The supporters want him to invest again, but why should he? He has wasted a fortune already. His problem has been, the people he appointed to run the club for him were not up to it. Ellis Short cannot be considered blameless Credit: PA “His money has been wasted and you can trace it all back to the summer of 2013 when 14 players were signed [by former director of football Roberto De Fanti}, players who were hopeless, were not there long, but took years to be paid off. That was a shocking waste.” Short is hugely unpopular with the majority of supporters, but Michael Graham of fanzine Roker Report thinks he was misguided rather than malicious. “Do I see him as some kind of faceless, soulless monster who is completely detached from the club, and wilfully running it into the ground?,” he aksed. “Absolutely not. “Ultimately, though, the mistakes have been his. He’s made poor decisions, trusted the wrong people, and led the club astray.” Verdict: Guilty Martin Bain – Sunderland chief executive Since Bain was appointed in 2016, Sunderland have been relegated from the Premier League and are on the brink of dropping into the third tier for only the second time in their history. That is a damning charge sheet. However, Bain has been putting out fires that started long before he arrived. He was ordered to cut costs to prevent financial meltdown. In the process, the football side of the business has been plunged into turmoil. Bain appointed David Moyes and refused to sack him, even when the club were staring down the barrel of the relegation shotgun, only for his fellow Scot to refuse to stay on to clear up the mess in the Championship. He appointed Simon Grayson last summer and then sacked him in November after just two league wins. He then appointed Chris Coleman as manager, who has not overseen any sort of upturn in results. “Frankly, everything he has touched has turned to disaster,” said Graham. “Perhaps in years to come, when the club are on a better financial footing, we’ll look back and think of Bain as the man who took the difficult decisions that helped the club stand tall again. Right now, though, he is accountable for an awful lot of the misery.” Verdict: Guilty Margaret Byrne – former chief executive In terms of lumbering Sunderland with inadequate players on vastly inflated wages, Byrne is largely to blame. Under her watch, Sunderland’s wage bill rose to become one of the ten highest in the Premier League, yet Sunderland achieved just one top ten finish during their decade in the top flight. A prime example of Byrne’s inability to get value for money, is former England international Jack Rodwell. She was the person who negotiated a five-year contract, paying Manchester City £10m to sign him, without a relegation clause that would reduce his wages. Rodwell, who earns around £70,000-a-week and not played since September, is the poster boy for a shocking lack of judgement in recruitment. While various managers and a poor scouting network are also responsible for this disaster, Byrne, who is now working as a football agent, signed off too many of those deals. Premier League and Football League relegation, promotion and play-offs “For years, Byrne was seen as the problem at Sunderland and we were assured that when she left, the problems would leave with her,” offers Graham in mitigation. “They didn’t, so she wasn’t. “However, if we are talking about those responsible for the mess Sunderland are in right now, then it’s hard to make a case for blaming Byrne. She left a club in decent shape on the pitch, with Sam Allardyce at the helm, and heading for much better things with a growing feel-good factor.” Verdict: Guilty David Moyes – former Sunderland manager David Moyes took Sunderland down and cannot escape that fact, despite the various excuses offered. The former Manchester United and Everton manager failed badly on Sunderland. He seemed like the ideal man for the job, but arrived too late in the summer of 2016, after pre-season had already started under his predecessor Allardyce, to recruit properly and made a series of panic buys. Ultimately, though, he got considerably less out of the players he inherited than Allardyce did. He appeared to lose heart, shocked by the dire financial situation at the Stadium of Light, but he was not sacked by Bain. But Moyes, dismayed to hear how little money there would be to spend after relegation, did not hang around to repair the damage. Moyes oversaw a dismal period in Sunderland's history Credit: PA “David Moyes is the manager who took Sunderland down, said Bennett. “But you have to look at the wider picture. He’s not the only manager who struggled and Sunderland have had half a dozen managers who have done good jobs elsewhere and failed here. The problems at this football club are bigger than the manager. “Should he have stayed after relegation? Maybe, but he realised Sunderland didn’t have any saleable assets. They sold Jordan Pickford for £30m, but that money was needed to keep the club running. He saw what was coming next.” Graham is less kind: “As far as I’m concerned, that man attempted to absolutely gut my club of its very soul. He demeaned it at every opportunity, talked it down, and seemed to write it off from day one. “He did nothing but chip away at the fabric of the club until what was left was barely recognisable. ‘Guilty’ isn’t a strong enough word for what Moyes did to Sunderland.” Verdict: Guilty Chris Coleman -current Sunderland manager Most people were pleasantly surprised when Coleman was appointed given the excellent job he had done with Wales. Coleman, though, has a far less impressive record in club management. The 47-year-old has spoken passionately and persuasively. There are those who merely feel he was doomed to fail because of the squad he inherited and the financial restrictions in place. Coleman has failed to turn things around despite financial backing Credit: getty images That seems a little kind. Coleman has been at Sunderland since mid-November, was allowed to sign players in January window and has still failed to get the Black Cats out of the bottom three. He has won just five out of his 28 games. “Like every manager, Chris Coleman looked in from the outside and thought what a fantastic club,” Bennett added. “He saw the wonderful stadium, the training ground and the fanbase and thought I can have success there, keep them up and then build towards promotion. “But once he got here, he saw the problems, he saw the lack of quality in the squad and the finances and now he’s just another manager struggling.” Graham added: “It would be easy to just write Coleman off as another managerial charlatan if it were based just on results. “But there needs to be a cultural change at Sunderland. All that is going to take strength and stones, and Coleman looks like he has enough of both to just have half a chance of pulling it off.” Verdict: Jury’s Out
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Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 14, 2018 Burton Albion's Lucas Akins applauds fans after the match Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 14, 2018 Burton Albion's Jake Buxton applauds fans after the match Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 14, 2018 Burton Albion's Jake Buxton applauds fans after the match Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 14, 2018 Burton Albion's manager Nigel Clough reacts Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 14, 2018 Burton Albion's manager Nigel Clough reacts Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 14, 2018 Burton Albion's manager Nigel Clough talks to Liam Boyce Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 14, 2018 Burton Albion's manager Nigel Clough talks to Liam Boyce Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 14, 2018 Burton Albion's manager Nigel Clough Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 14, 2018 Burton Albion's manager Nigel Clough Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 14, 2018 Derby County's manager Gary Rowett Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 14, 2018 Derby County's manager Gary Rowett Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 14, 2018 Burton Albion's manager Nigel Clough Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 14, 2018 Burton Albion's manager Nigel Clough Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 14, 2018 Burton Albion's manager Nigel Clough looks away as Derby County take a penalty Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 14, 2018 Burton Albion's manager Nigel Clough looks away as Derby County take a penalty Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 14, 2018 Burton Albion's Lucas Akins celebrates with team mates after scoring their third goal Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 14, 2018 Burton Albion's Lucas Akins celebrates with team mates after scoring their third goal Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 14, 2018 Burton Albion's Lucas Akins celebrates scoring their third goal Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 14, 2018 Burton Albion's Lucas Akins celebrates scoring their third goal Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 14, 2018 Burton Albion's Lucas Akins scores their third goal Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 14, 2018 Burton Albion's Lucas Akins scores their third goal Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 14, 2018 Burton Albion's Lucas Akins celebrates scoring their third goal Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 14, 2018 Burton Albion's Lucas Akins celebrates scoring their third goal Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 14, 2018 Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 14, 2018 Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 14, 2018 Derby County manager Gary Rowett Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 14, 2018 Derby County manager Gary Rowett Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 14, 2018 Burton Albion's Luke Murphy celebrates scoring their second goal with team mates Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 14, 2018 Burton Albion's Luke Murphy celebrates scoring their second goal with team mates Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 14, 2018 Burton Albion's Luke Murphy celebrates with team mates after scoring their second goal Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 14, 2018 Burton Albion's Luke Murphy celebrates with team mates after scoring their second goal Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 14, 2018 Burton Albion's Luke Murphy scores their second goal Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 14, 2018 Burton Albion's Luke Murphy scores their second goal Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 14, 2018 Derby County's Matej Vydra in action with Burton Albion's Jacob Davenport Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 14, 2018 Derby County's Matej Vydra in action with Burton Albion's Jacob Davenport Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 14, 2018 Burton Albion's Liam Boyce celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 14, 2018 Burton Albion's Liam Boyce celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 14, 2018 Burton Albion's Liam Boyce celebrates with team mates after scoring their first goal Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 14, 2018 Burton Albion's Liam Boyce celebrates with team mates after scoring their first goal Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 14, 2018 Derby County's David Nugent celebrates scoring their first goal with Joe Ledley Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 14, 2018 Derby County's David Nugent celebrates scoring their first goal with Joe Ledley Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 14, 2018 Derby County's David Nugent scores their first goal Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 14, 2018 Derby County's David Nugent scores their first goal Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 14, 2018 Burton Albion's Liam Boyce scores their first goal Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Derby County - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 14, 2018 Burton Albion's Liam Boyce scores their first goal Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
​Sunderland will close their cash turnstiles for the upcoming home clashes against Burton Albion and Wolves in order to prevent Newcastle fans gaining access to the games and celebrating the Black Cats' expected relegation to League One inside the Stadium of Light. ​Sunderland are six points adrift of safety with only 12 left to play and defeat away at ​Reading this weekend would all but confirm the club will be playing in the third tier of English football in 2018/19. ​Burton and ​Wolves are...
Sunderland Take Action to Stop Newcastle Fans From Celebrating Relegation at Stadium of Light
​Sunderland will close their cash turnstiles for the upcoming home clashes against Burton Albion and Wolves in order to prevent Newcastle fans gaining access to the games and celebrating the Black Cats' expected relegation to League One inside the Stadium of Light. ​Sunderland are six points adrift of safety with only 12 left to play and defeat away at ​Reading this weekend would all but confirm the club will be playing in the third tier of English football in 2018/19. ​Burton and ​Wolves are...
​Sunderland will close their cash turnstiles for the upcoming home clashes against Burton Albion and Wolves in order to prevent Newcastle fans gaining access to the games and celebrating the Black Cats' expected relegation to League One inside the Stadium of Light. ​Sunderland are six points adrift of safety with only 12 left to play and defeat away at ​Reading this weekend would all but confirm the club will be playing in the third tier of English football in 2018/19. ​Burton and ​Wolves are...
Sunderland Take Action to Stop Newcastle Fans From Celebrating Relegation at Stadium of Light
​Sunderland will close their cash turnstiles for the upcoming home clashes against Burton Albion and Wolves in order to prevent Newcastle fans gaining access to the games and celebrating the Black Cats' expected relegation to League One inside the Stadium of Light. ​Sunderland are six points adrift of safety with only 12 left to play and defeat away at ​Reading this weekend would all but confirm the club will be playing in the third tier of English football in 2018/19. ​Burton and ​Wolves are...
​Sunderland will close their cash turnstiles for the upcoming home clashes against Burton Albion and Wolves in order to prevent Newcastle fans gaining access to the games and celebrating the Black Cats' expected relegation to League One inside the Stadium of Light. ​Sunderland are six points adrift of safety with only 12 left to play and defeat away at ​Reading this weekend would all but confirm the club will be playing in the third tier of English football in 2018/19. ​Burton and ​Wolves are...
Sunderland Take Action to Stop Newcastle Fans From Celebrating Relegation at Stadium of Light
​Sunderland will close their cash turnstiles for the upcoming home clashes against Burton Albion and Wolves in order to prevent Newcastle fans gaining access to the games and celebrating the Black Cats' expected relegation to League One inside the Stadium of Light. ​Sunderland are six points adrift of safety with only 12 left to play and defeat away at ​Reading this weekend would all but confirm the club will be playing in the third tier of English football in 2018/19. ​Burton and ​Wolves are...
<p>Ola Aina hails &#39;solid&#39; Hull City win over Burton Albion</p>
Ola Aina hails 'solid' Hull City win over Burton Albion

Ola Aina hails 'solid' Hull City win over Burton Albion

The Tigers romped to a comprehensive victory - crucial for their survival in the second tier - over the Brewers on Tuesday night
Ola Aina hails 'solid' Hull City win over Burton Albion
The Tigers romped to a comprehensive victory - crucial for their survival in the second tier - over the Brewers on Tuesday night
<p>Ola Aina hails &#39;solid&#39; Hull City win over Burton Albion</p>
Ola Aina hails 'solid' Hull City win over Burton Albion

Ola Aina hails 'solid' Hull City win over Burton Albion

The Tigers romped to a comprehensive victory - crucial for their survival in the second tier - over the Brewers on Tuesday night
Ola Aina hails 'solid' Hull City win over Burton Albion
The Tigers romped to a comprehensive victory - crucial for their survival in the second tier - over the Brewers on Tuesday night
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Hull City - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 10, 2018 Hull City&#39;s Will Keane celebrates scoring their fifth goal Action Images/Carl Recine EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or &quot;live&quot; services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Championship - Burton Albion vs Hull City
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Hull City - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 10, 2018 Hull City's Will Keane celebrates scoring their fifth goal Action Images/Carl Recine EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Hull City - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 10, 2018 Hull City&#39;s Kamil Grosicki celebrates scoring their fourth goal with team mates Action Images/Carl Recine EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or &quot;live&quot; services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Championship - Burton Albion vs Hull City
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Hull City - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 10, 2018 Hull City's Kamil Grosicki celebrates scoring their fourth goal with team mates Action Images/Carl Recine EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Hull City - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 10, 2018 Hull City&#39;s Kamil Grosicki celebrates scoring their fourth goal Action Images/Carl Recine EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or &quot;live&quot; services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Championship - Burton Albion vs Hull City
Soccer Football - Championship - Burton Albion vs Hull City - Pirelli Stadium, Burton-on-Trent, Britain - April 10, 2018 Hull City's Kamil Grosicki celebrates scoring their fourth goal Action Images/Carl Recine EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

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