It’s okay, we get it; Everyone at Sunderland is gutted.
It’s been everywhere; in the papers, on the news and across social media. All the sad faces from players and staff, all the strong words which hadn’t been backed up with performances on the pitch.
The end result is that the Black Cats didn’t get out of League One at the first opportunity, although they’ll be favourites for the title next season. There isn’t a need for the club’s own Twitter account to labour on the point, but that’s exactly what they’re doing.
Manager Jack Ross has come under fire for his tactics, described in some quarters as negative. Earlier in the week, The Real EFL ran a piece in which supporters were asking him to go.
Some feel that his latest social media message might be a precursor to him leaving Wearside. He had been linked with the Scotland job and although that has now gone, he may feel it is time for another manager to make use of Sunderland’s comparable wealth in the third tier.
“I’m devastated for the fans who have been incredible throughout the season,” he said on Twitter. “They will be there long after me and they are much more important to the club than I am. I’m gutted for them because I came here to deliver success.”
Indeed, some social media users feel that message has already pointed to him looking ahead, but not with Sunderland.
Can we start announcing any players we're interested and ways we'll move forward, rather than sounding like it's the end.
— Col (@ColArmstrong) May 28, 2019
And deliver you still can. The fans might be down but Sunderland fans never stay down. We'll be ready for the fight next season as I'm sure you and team will be. Stay strong.
— Wayne Thompson (@MrWayneThompson) May 28, 2019
Resign then your team never turned up absolute embarrassment feel sorry for the fans that spend big money to watch it
— Mark Coulthard (@MarkCoulthard4) May 28, 2019
Failure. Had everything there to set a league points total record and finished 5th. Sack him now.
— Jake (@_JakeT12) May 28, 2019
Any chance we can start playing attractive ATTACKING football next season in stead of sitting back trying to defend slim leads .
— tom (@TomyCuth) May 29, 2019
STOP PUTTING TWEETS OUT ABOUT THE MATCH FANS DO NOT WANT TO HEAR ABOUT IT!!
— Rhys William (@lincolnSAFC) May 28, 2019
It’s getting beyond a joke now isn’t it?
— Adam Simm (@Simmysafc) May 28, 2019
Well you have not delivered and never will with happy Harry Ross at the helm he has not got a clue. Get Cloughie or Kev Philips in and we will be on our way
— wecan438 (@wecan438) May 28, 2019
Have a word yourself man
— Bobberdo (@robfergdog) May 28, 2019