Football

.

Sunderland stuck in Groundhog Day cycle

Published Add your comment

Football News
24/7

On some occasions, you can only appreciate the good times once you have been to hell and back.

Despite Sunderland fans preparing for what looks like another nail-biting escape mission, the drop may actually serve the Black Cats well. There has been one top half finish (tenth) for Sunderland in the previous five seasons, including two great escapes finishing 17th in 2012/13 and 16th last season.

They are currently the second-bottom in the league with the second worst goal difference to match and appear to be caught in a Groundhog Day existence in the Premier League of late.

SUBMIT AN ARTICLE

Apply to become a GMS writer by signing up and submitting a 250 word test article: http://gms.to/haveyoursay5

Article continues below

Each season shows similarities to the previous. New managers, new uninterested players, and new – yet repeated – ongoing struggles. The dreaded drop might be the cure for the Groundhog Day diagnosis.

Teams to have experienced similar struggles, notably West Ham United and rivals Newcastle United, have clearly benefitted from regrouping in the Championship and relaunching feeling refreshed and returning in much better condition.

Article continues below

West Ham have continued to improve this season since they made their comeback to the Premier League in 2012/13. Despite their final positions being mixed, as the Hammers finished tenth, 13th and 12th respectively, they appear a more stable club, playing more entertaining football.

Newcastle too, have benefitted from that dreaded year when not even Alan Shearer’s superman style managerial debut could rescue them. A whole identity can be repaired with regaining immediate promotion back from relegation.

Sunderland v A.F.C. Bournemouth - Premier League

Since Sam Allardyce took the reigns, his squad have shown more of a fighting attitude. They picked up crucial wins over relegation rivals Aston Villa and Swansea, only for their winning run to come to an abrupt halt after the 4-1 thrashing by Tottenham Hotspur two weeks ago.

Whether Big Sam can rejuvenate this squad is a dubious debate. It is a disjointed collection of players, few of whom - who are playing regularly - have the necessary experience of escaping a relegation battle.

The journey back from hell is often crucial in shaping a team's fortunes. That is only if they can avoid any black cats crossing their path.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms

Topics:
Sam Allardyce
Premier League
Football
Sunderland

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author

DISCLAIMER

This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again