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Post  Hieronymus on 2017-08-26, 11:42 am

Good article by Martin Hardy in the Independent today. I think he has captured our position really well and it was good to revive the memories of Keane and Quinn being in charge, because that's where I want to see us again.

Long way to go, but, wth Grayson's calm, hardworking demeanour and his straight, always positive, talking, the players and the fans are responding, even starting to be happy again! And that, as the article says is a good start Very Happy

Smells like team spirit as Sunderland slowly stir back into life

After 10 years in the Premier League, Sunderland find themselves back in the Championship - but the club are ready to prove a point as they bid to make a swift return to England's top tier

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It's early days but Sunderland have started to play with pride again Getty

The barrier in the car park at Oakwell was stuck so Niall Quinn got out of his car. Sometimes fate enjoys a laugh so [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] was in the car directly behind him. It was the [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]chairman and the Sunderland manager and it was 2007. 
Three players had been late for the Sunderland bus on the morning of the game so Keane, a stickler for time keeping so much that he drove behind a taxi to his first day at the training ground as a [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] player so as not to be late, told the driver to leave without them.
Marton Fulop, Toby Hysen and Anthony Stokes have probably had better days in their lives. They even followed the coach to Sunderland’s hotel, but were still told to go home.
The window of Keane’s car went down as the six foot four inch Quinn peered down to talk. “Well done,” said Quinn, following the 2-0 win. 
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Roy Keane as Sunderland manager with then chairman Niall Quinn in 2006 (Getty)

“We needed a bit of discipline,” replied Keane.
The barrier went up and Keane drove off. 
Sunderland’s support had filled the North Stand at Barnsley and had been allowed just under half of the West Stand, around 8,000 supporters. Sunderland were in the middle of a 17-game unbeaten run in the league (the first divisional loss of the year would not come until the end of April).
Quinn, many years later in a hotel in Manchester, would call it Keane’s “best day at the club”.
Saturday is Sunderland’s first return to Barnsley since, and there is little of the magic carpet ride feel that the most unlikely pairings of superheroes in Quinn and Keane produced. 
Simon Grayson is not Roy Keane and the support will be around half of what it was that day. Sunderland are back in the Championship for the first time in a decade and there is a worrying debt, the seemingly standard legacy for any club who falls out of the casino that is the Premier league.
And yet, something stirs - even if it is something so simple as about putting a bit of pride back into a football club. Surviving year after year in the [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] is a draining experience. Sunderland are winning games of football again (three on their travels by August is as many as the entirety of last season’s football brought). Beating Carlisle with a bit of spirit on Tuesday brought genuine delight for the 1900 there.
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Something is beginning to stir again at Sunderland (Getty)

The players are not stepping down to Sunderland. There is something to prove, and this potentially harks back to the time when Peter Reid was in charge and the club produced its two best top-flight finishes in more than half a century. That is a way off, but altering the hunger of those joining has been a start.
Grayson has stepped up from Preston. His career moves up. David Moyes, who he replaced, remains unsure still why he moved to the Stadium of Light. James Vaughan, Aidan McGeady and Lewis Grabban have something to prove. 
Grayson has admitted he has no problem looking in the bargain basement. Sunderland needed a sharp change of trajectory in the disastrous recruitment policy that was adding to their debt (a quarter of a billion pounds was spent on players between 2008 and 2015).
Grayson began repairing a damaged squad in Austria after his arrival. He joined in with training. Glynn Snodin got the players laughing. Then they went to Scotland. A football club has to heal pretty quickly after relegation.
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Grayson has helped heal Sunderland's relegation wounds (Getty)

“I kept looking at the next manager’s odds throughput the summer,” said Lee Cattermole. “Everyone gets excited about the big names, with respect to the new manager, I don’t think that’s what we needed. We needed experience in the football league and he’s got that. We need to buy into what he says because he knows the league better than most.”
Grayson added: “I told them it will be demanding, a lot of second balls and they’ll have to fight to earn the right to play. They might have been surprised at first but after a couple of games they realised what the Championship is about and they've done it.
“Hopefully come Saturday tea-time all those four thousand supporters at Barnsley are cheering on a victory for us.
“You can sense there is a bit of a unity coming back among the football club and the supporters’ affiliation with the players and hopefully we are going in the right direction.”
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Sunderland drew 1-1 with Derby earlier this month (Getty)

Tyias Browning had played seven Premier League games for Everton before his loan move to the Stadium of Light.
“It’s a good start,” he said. “It could have been better but it’s not the worst. Hopefully Saturday’s game can help with that.
“Everyone has gelled together. Everyone has made everyone feel welcome. It would be nice to win at Barnsley to give us some momentum.
“Aidan has made a good impact. He's exciting, he's exciting for me to watch. He gives the fans something to look forward to.”
For Sunderland’s supporters, that is a start.
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Post  cyprussyd on 2017-08-26, 11:53 am

Spot on but this is frightening


 (a quarter of a billion pounds was spent on players between 2008 and 2015).

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Post  Hieronymus on 2017-08-26, 12:01 pm

cyprussyd wrote:Spot on but this is frightening


 (a quarter of a billion pounds was spent on players between 2008 and 2015).
Well it seems a lot, and it is a lot, but considering just under that amount was spent on ONE PLAYER by PSG last week, maybe not so bad!!! Shocked
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Post  Spuggy on 2017-08-27, 10:39 am

Not wishing to dampen enthusiasm on here at any level, as the club will do that for me anyway like at Barnsley yesterday.

I could never accuse SAFC of being consistent. A fan's nightmare, but a journ's dream meal ticket. Short of news ? Give contacts at the SoL a call.

Here's another example of the same sort of propaganda, spin, crap, bullshine, call it what you will, spouted in the media. 

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We’re in this division because we deserve to be’, says Sunderland’s Cattermole By Chris Dunlavy Posted on [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
SUNDERLAND skipper Lee Cattermole says humility is behind the Black Cats’ surprisingly solid start to life in the Championship. Relegated in disarray, bereft of a manager and short on funds, the Wearside outfit were widely tipped to flounder after a decade in the top flight. And, when midfielder Darron Gibson was filmed drunkenly questioning his team-mates’ commitment in pre-season, many feared an implosion.
But Simon Grayson’s arrival from Preston steadied the ship, and five points from tough games against Derby, Norwich and Sheffield Wednesday have swiftly raised spirits.
“Nobody is taking this division lightly,” said Cattermole, the Middlesbrough-born enforcer who had never played outside the top flight in 12 seasons as a pro. “Being grounded, having the right attitude – that’s been a big thing for us. No-one was dropping down thinking ‘We’re Sunderland, we’ve been in the Premier League for ten years and that’s where we deserve to be’.
“The second you start swaggering around like that, you’ll have problems. We’re in this division because we deserve to be. “Everyone is approaching it right, even the lads like myself, who haven’t played at this level before. “We’re talking to the ones who have, asking advice, not just going ‘Well, I’ve played in the Premier League, this’ll be easy’. The attitude has been spot on.”
Sunderland’s lack of direction under chairman Ellis Short was illustrated by a repeating cycle of managerial upheaval, last-gasp escapes and overpriced foreign flops. Last year was one shambles too many. Now, the kitty has run dry, leaving Grayson to scratch a squad together for buttons.
Cattermole, though, is convinced the 47-year-old can lead the Mackems to a bright new dawn.
“Last year was a massive let down, but it’s a new start, a new era for the club,” adds the 29-year-old, joint-second, alongside Roy Keane, on the all-time list for Premier League red cards.
“A chance to rebuild – properly. They’ve brought in a manager who knows the division. That’s where the optimism comes from. “I think he was a great appointment, exactly what the club needed. The club could have gone out and got someone who was more… I don’t know, more high-profile. A household name.
“But would they have had the experience we needed? Simon knows the division. He knows the market.“He’s proved many times that he can build good teams on a lesser budget, which everyone knows is the case here. I was genuinely pleased with his  appointment and, as soon as he walked in I thought ‘This is the fella to steady the ship’.
Above all, Cattermole is enjoying walking on to the pitch and not fearing a hiding.
“It’s totally different in the Championship,” he says. “It’s that feeling of being in the game, knowing you can win. “Every time, you step on the pitch thinking ‘We can do this’. Not that we didn’t in the Premier League, but the reality is that against the top five or six, there’s a massive difference in class.
“We’d all prefer to be up there, of course. But, in terms of building a bit of confidence and giving people something to shout about, a year out of the spotlight might not necessarily be a bad thing.”
See the parallel at Hull City, Toon, Villa, etc., etc., .......
Huddersfield look to be doing a lot better on the cheap and their fans get a good deal too. And how is that other "Experienced" manager doing at Cardiff ?
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Post  Hieronymus on 2017-08-27, 10:58 am

Aye Spuggy, know what you mean. Sigh Sad 

But its a beautiful day today in Seahouses and my sister is coming to visit with her boys and we're having a BBQ later, so football is removed from my thoughts for a few hours at least. Very Happy
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Post  cyprussyd on 2017-08-27, 11:14 am

Ironing Holiday clothes.  Will need the holiday by the time I'm done

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Post  Spuggy on 2017-08-27, 11:44 am

And I've got the washing machine on. 

And cleaned up my Black Cats sick from the carpet - imaginatively called "Sooty" by her Sicilian owner. Mind you she only presented 1 mouse this morning. I'm thinking of painting all them meeses with black and white stripes.

I'm off for a long walk with dog, but there's a lorra wheat harvesting this weekend with the nice weather so will choose one carefully.

Break a leg.

PS Aitch. Do the local fishermen still sell their catch off the boats as they come in ?
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Post  Hieronymus on 2017-08-27, 1:59 pm

Spuggy wrote:And I've got the washing machine on. 

And cleaned up my Black Cats sick from the carpet - imaginatively called "Sooty" by her Sicilian owner. Mind you she only presented 1 mouse this morning. I'm thinking of painting all them meeses with black and white stripes.

I'm off for a long walk with dog, but there's a lorra wheat harvesting this weekend with the nice weather so will choose one carefully.

Break a leg.

PS Aitch. Do the local fishermen still sell their catch off the boats as they come in ?
No the only boats that come in these days have a catch of tourists (or terrorists as we 'locals' call them!) going out to the Farne Islands  and back.

I think there are still some prawn, lobster and crab fisherman around still but they go to Swallow Fish and local restaurants etc and not for 'open' sale.
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Post  Roker roar on 2017-08-28, 12:23 am

Hieronymus wrote:Aye Spuggy, know what you mean. Sigh Sad 

But its a beautiful day today in Seahouses and my sister is coming to visit with her boys and we're having a BBQ later, so football is removed from my thoughts for a few hours at least. Very Happy
You need to have a word with yourself miss. You mean to tell me you drovebto seahouses and never had a chippy on the docks? Shame on thou.
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Post  Hieronymus on 2017-08-28, 12:56 am

Roker roar wrote:
Hieronymus wrote:Aye Spuggy, know what you mean. Sigh Sad 

But its a beautiful day today in Seahouses and my sister is coming to visit with her boys and we're having a BBQ later, so football is removed from my thoughts for a few hours at least. Very Happy
You need to have a word with yourself miss. You mean to tell me you drovebto seahouses and never had a chippy on the docks? Shame on thou.
Hah! I live in Seahouses so fish and chips have to be rationed for the sake of my health! Very Happy
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