Sunderland “will rise again” says club statement as Relegation is confirmed
Written by Scott McGerty on 22nd April 2018
It looked unlikely to avoid, but now results have confirmed that Sunderland will enter the third tier of English Football after back to back relegation.
Results elsewhere in the Championship and the fact the Black Cats failed to win against Burton, means Sunderland have cemented their relegation to League One.
In a game that summed up their fortunes this season, Sunderland lost 2-1 to fellow strugglers Burton despite leading 1-0 until the 86th minute and then had a late goal that would of levelled the scores disallowed.
A matter of hours after manager Chris Coleman apologised to fans and described the “brutal experience” of going down, a formal statement on behalf of the club itself was released.
The statement recognises the “demoralising season” and says that with the “support of our fans Sunderland AFC will rise again.”
However neither owner Ellis Short or chief executive Martin Bain, were mentioned by name and the message directly referenced a lack of clarity about the future running of the organisation.
“Whilst naturally we feel devastated today, there remains a burning desire from within to re-build and re-invigorate the club. As we look at how to best achieve this, it must be recognised that we are in a period of uncertainty in relation to the club’s future ownership and the resolution of this will be the driving factor in how we move forward.”
While there maybe more empty seats at the Stadium of Light compared to last season in the Premier League, Sunderland still averaged one of the highest Championship attendances.
“Despite the difficulties we have faced, our fans have been a shining light. They have continued to back the team in their thousands, which has been incredibly humbling to see. We are truly sorry that we have not been able to give them the positive outcome such tremendous support deserves.“
Despite relegation confirmed, Sunderland still have two league games to play with next weekend’s trip to Fulham before hosting Wolves – who are already promoted as Champions – on Sunday 6th May.