As the 3PM kick offs game to an end yesterday one result stuck out in my mind from The Championship. Sunderland who were hosting Championship newcomers Sheffield United managed to lose 2-1.
Take nothing away from Sheffield they were once like Sunderland who seem to be on the way down but Sheffield United are on the up and they have had a great start to the season as they sit in 5th place.
Clayton Donaldson scored twice on his Sheffield United debut to condemn Simon Grayson’s Sunderland to a third consecutive Championship defeat.
Donaldson beat goalkeeper Robbin Ruiter at the near post to open the scoring midway through the first half.
The former Birmingham striker doubled his tally on 77 minutes by finding the top corner from David Brooks’ through-ball on the counter-attack.
Jack Rodwell then scored a consolation from a free-kick in injury-time.
For Sunderland this is a concerning defeat which see’s them near the bottom of the table. Manager Simon Grayson must surely be feeling the pressure as the Sunderland board are known for quickly replacing managers.
Surely it must be inconceivable to suggest that Sunderland could be heading for a second straight relegation especially for a club of that size and stature.
It begs the question of what has gone wrong at Sunderland? Surely it can’t just be the management anymore and the years of misery and neglect must be looked at higher up within the club.
Every season Sunderland seemed to hang on to their Premier League status by the skin of their teeth by turning into Real Madrid for the final weeks of the season. However, when they looked to have a manager in place it went pear shaped during the start of the following season and they repeated the cycle.
The big one for me was when Sam Allardyce chose to leave to manage England for a total of 67 days. Allardyce was the perfect manager for Sunderland at that time as he was someone who could grind out results and also offer a stability that has never been at The Stadium Of Light.
Moyes failed dramatically at Sunderland and it was inevitable that they were going down. Unfortunately for Grayson he seems to have inherited a sinking ship after years of neglect from the clubs hierarchy and a squad of players who don’t seem to want to be there.
The real victim however are the fans of Sunderland. They have seen many promises go unfulfilled and each year they return to The Stadium Of Light with a sense of optimism it is short lived. But who is to blame?
What do you make of Sunderland’s demise? Can Grayson turn this slump around or is it League One football next year? Let us know in the comments section below…