‘Disgusting’, ‘Completely lost touch’ – Plenty of Sunderland fans are up in arms after recent news

Sunderland, like every other club in the lower reaches of the EFL, have been forced to issue some ticket refunds for the curtailed 2019/20 season.

The Black Cats are far and away the biggest player in the third tier, but they have been unable to find a way back after relegation in 2017/18. With parachute payments ending and many players still on decent money, their financial situation is of increasing alarm to supporters.

Once upon a time, they could pay an eight-figure fee for a player without batting an eyelid, but despite spending big on Will Grigg, the current climate has got fans worried. The club have extended their furlough scheme today, without the club top up, and yesterday issued an update on season ticket refunds and when they can be expected, which is a few weeks yet.

One of the problems with being a big player when something like this hits is the financial commitment to the supporters. With more season ticket holders comes more refunds, so money that has likely been budgeted for has to go back. Asking fans to keep the money in the club is one approach, but not everyone can afford to do so right now.

The financial landscape looks bleak for many clubs this season (not Mansfield apparently), but in the north east, there seems to be a real fear for the future, as the responses to the club’s ST announcement demonstrates.



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