Sunderland’s Grant Leadbitter gave a heartfelt interview in the aftermath of the club’s 3-0 defeat to Scunthorpe United, hinting at problems in the squad.
The Black Cats tumbled out of the competition after the defeat, having been beaten at home by Leicester City Under 21s the week before. Sandwiched in between was a 1-1 draw with struggling Gillingham at the Stadium of Light, capping off a woeful week in the club’s history.
Leadbitter, who returned to his boyhood club last season, cut a despondent figure after the game, clearly upset at the defeat at Glanford Park. Whilst two late goals gave the scoreline a convincing feel it perhaps didn’t warrant, it doesn’t take away from Sunderland’s plight.
Ten years after beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, they’re struggling to get past Leicester’s kids and a collection of Scunthorpe reserves. It’s tough for fans to take and Leadbitter hinted at the problems the club faces; “It’s a disappointing result but we must stick together at times like this,” he said, before ominously adding; “We can’t have groups”.
Is there a wider problem for Phil Parkinson’s side? It would certainly seem so based on results and the supporters are the ones who suffer. Having fallen far in the space of three years, there are no signs that they’re on their way back and. sadly, these fans know it.
"We can't have groups" was even more telling. Grant seems to be alluding to splits or rifts in the playing squad.
— Gez Campbell-Smith (@knowledgeisall) November 13, 2019
Please delete this account ffs
— ® Gorman Stewart ©️ (@1879SAFC) November 13, 2019
I wouldn't have posted this interview. Really doesn't make good viewing.
— Chris Laws (@chrisdlaws) November 13, 2019
Nice dig at the clubs hierarchy. He looks sick as a chip.
— tom knox (@tomknox3) November 13, 2019
‘You can’t have groups’ . What’s he getting at? What’s going on with the players? Who’s in the ‘groups’ ? This was released by the Club so they must have vetted the video. Are they trying to get some sort of message to the fans? PP has to sort this out double quick #SAFC
— stroller (@nigeynugs) November 13, 2019
Sounds like all not well within the squad? Groups? They all need to grow up and look around to see the size of the club their representing.
— Michael Urwin (@MichaelUrwin4) November 13, 2019
Only one to go & give the so called ‘hierarchy’ some stick after the players found out (by social media) of the Jack Ross sacking, not saying he was defending JR in any way, just he was pissed off that the playing staff hadn’t been informed before the press!
— oldhettonian (@downy100) November 13, 2019