John O'Shea has spoken about the Netflix documentary 'Sunderland 'Til I Die'

Published Add your comment

Football News

Sunderland have been in freefall the last few seasons, with what used to be a club that was synonymous with having Premier League status, the Black Cats began to tumble down the divisions and last year were relegated to the third tier of English football.

The club are currently doing quite well in League One, sitting in third position, but what happened prior to this has unfortunately captured the headlines.

The 2017/18 season - in which Sunderland succumbed to their second successive relegation - was caught on camera in the form of a Netflix original documentary.

Ironically, filming commenced back in July 2017, with the expectation that Sunderland would bounce straight back up to the Premier League.

Despite the complete opposite occurring, a gripping narrative - although for different reasons - still remained.

Chris Coleman - who joined Sunderland mid-way through the season - has voiced his displeasure at the documentary, calling it 'unnatural'.

The documentary comprised of eight episodes all being released on Netflix on December 14th 2018.

The club captain at the time of filming, John O'Shea, has voiced his opinion on the documentary to BBC Radio 5 Live, per JOE and admitted the general consensus amongst the squad was not positive.

"From my point of view and I think 99% of the players didn't want it to happen.

Queens Park Rangers v Sunderland - Sky Bet Championship

"It's one of those things, you go in in the morning for some treatment or whenever and then you realise there are mini camera's dotted around," O'Shea added.

"I haven't watched all of it, why would I? I've lived through it."

O'Shea has returned to the Championship after signing for Reading in the summer, but will no doubt never forget the season where his and his players life were under the microscope more than ever.

Sunderland v Reading - Sky Bet Championship

With Manchester City's Netflix documentary, All or Nothing, also gaining critical acclaim could this be the future of professional football?

In ten years time, will it be easier to pick out the teams that haven't had an in-house documentary?

John O'Shea

Article Comments

Read more

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


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. 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