'Sunderland 'Til I Die' - where are the documentary's stars now?

Football fans were delighted to see the popular documentary ‘Sunderland ’Til I Die’ return to Netflix this week.

With the coronavirus pandemic cancelling actual football around the world, the chance to watch the beautiful game in any sort of capacity was duly welcomed.

In the first series of the documentary, cameras followed Sunderland’s relegation from the Championship into League One.

It was a fascinating watch as viewers were given access to players and backroom staff like never before. We witnessed transfer negotiations, contract negotiations and were given insight into the mood of players and managers at difficult times.

If the first series was entertaining, the second includes Sunderland’s bid to return to the Championship under new owner Steward Donald, new club executive Charlie Methven and new manager Jack Ross.

Amid more financial struggles, the Black Cats lose on penalties in the Checkatrade Trophy final against Portsmouth before a 94th-minute defeat in the League One Playoff final against Charlton.

During the two series, we meet some incredible characters from both the playing and non-playing side.

But what has happened to them after the cameras stopped rolling?

Well, Sunderland fan ‘Jaerial’ produced a brilliant Reddit thread answering the ‘Where are they now?’ question.

And he’s revealed all:

Martin Bain: “This will be a short update as he has since gone on to become the CEO of FDSL the organising company for the Indian Super League, considering how the past few jobs he has had have gone good luck India.”

Charlie Methven: “The man some consider more David Brent than Martin Bain was noted for his seeming distaste for Northerners and it would eventually show. In a very bizarre affair he held a fan Q&A where the questions became a bit accusatory of the new ownership, he lashed out at the fans which the club attempted to keep quiet and resigned soon after citing ‘personal reasons’. He was last seen at a Sunderland game at Oxford away which is likely because our ownership are massive Oxford fans.”

Stewart Donald: “After spending £3 million for Will Grigg and blaming it on Jack Ross he would go on to make more blunders. After firing Jack Ross and Charlie Methven leaving he would become solely responsible for finding a new manager. In the end he would hire Phil Parkinson and after a run of 12 games in which Sunderland didn’t win 1 popular Sunderland fan magazines started a campaign of DonaldOut saying he said he would leave us when the fans no longer wanted him. Donald has agreed and the club is now up for sale at around £40 million.”

Jack Ross: “In probably the greatest shame in our recent managerial history Jack Ross is perhaps the only manager to come out of Sunderland in recent years with a general feeling of doing well but not being the right fit. After the playoff final loss Jack kept his job and would go on to lead the beginning part of our 19/20 campaign however he seemingly couldn’t fix the problems of last season and fan outcry lead to him being fired. Now he is manager of Hibernian in the Scottish League.”

Luke O’Nien: “The documentary barely scratches the surface of why we love Luke O’Nien. Stories have come out about him training much longer than anyone else and when the younger teams come out to train he watches them play. He’s the player that every fan wants, he’s not just a decent footballer but he genuinely cares so much about the football club and football itself. Ask a Wycombe fan about O’Nien and they’ll say the same thing. He is currently still at the club.”

George Honeyman: “Captain too soon, had the potential to go on and become an integral part of the team but many fans thought he wasn’t ready for the job of captain. Opinions have been divided on the Sunderland born lad, was he a decent player with way too much responsibility from a club nosediving? Was he an overrated young prospect? In the end it doesn’t matter he has since gone on to join Hull City leaving the captaincy to Grant Leadbitter.”

Josh Maja: “Perhaps the most revealing part of the documentary was the Josh Maja situation for fans of the club. Many had believed the owner knew about him leaving before the reveal he wouldn’t sign a contract from Sky and that what he said had been a cover to stop him from looking bad. Instead the situation seems to have genuinely blindsided them despite the fact Maja in the doc looks like a terrible liar. It was recently revealed to have wiped part of the debt from buying Wahbi Khazri a few years back. Since joining Bordeaux Maja has continued being a decent player scoring 6 in 21 with 2 assists, alright numbers for a 21 year old.”

Lee Cattermole: “After years of heartbreak for the Middlesbrough born man and the club really needing to cut down wages it was decided that Cattermole would be moving on. Deciding against becoming another English top prospect to waste away in the Championship or League One Cattermole decided to move abroad and the midfield maestro would move to Dutch club VVV-Venlo where he would immediately cause problems as he tucked his shirt into his shorts hiding one of the sponsors.”

Jack Rodwell: “The man fell up so hard he may have gotten a concussion but that wouldn’t stop him chatting absolute nonsense. He spent a year at Blackburn in the Championship where he did little to nothing and then has gone on to join Sheffield United with Chris Wilder taking a chance on him when literally every player on his squad was injured. He’s played one game and not been seen since, so the Jack Rodwell MO really.”

Aiden Mcgeady: “From one of our greatest assets to on loan at Charlton. Early in Phil Parkinson’s reign it was found out that 3 players had been acting like they were better than everyone else and generally described as toxic. Later it was found out to be a group I call the 3 Mc’s: McGeady, Maguire(honorary Mc) and an unknown 3rd person believed to be either McNulty or McGeouch. This is mostly speculation though and Magure has done well since all above mentioned left.”

Bryan Oviedo: “The man from Costa Rica was let go at the end of the season due to his enormous wage and his desire to move on and has since signed for Copenhagen.”

Will Grigg: “Still not on fire. Easy enough to argue he isn’t in a formation or tactical setup that suits him but it’s harder to feel that when you see some of the absolute sitters he’s missed. In the wise words of one Jack Ross ‘He’s not worth what they want for him’ and it turns out he wasn’t even worth that. Would rather have John O’Shea upfront.”

The fans: “Still miserable, living in the vain hope that someday we will return to the football promised land to get our ration of 6 points against the Mags.”

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