I travel from Sunderland to London (and back) every week. Last week I had to go via Newcastle, where I was due to change trains. Due to mismanagement of the local service it had to be connected to additional carriages before passengers were allowed to leave. I had to watch my mainline train leave the station without me and I was almost an hour late into Kings Cross.
We are set to lose some of the overpaid make-weights like Fletcher and Graham and we get a handsome parachute payment from the league. Many players on longer contracts will have wage cuts imposed upon them should we be relegated. The financial fair play rules will become less of an issue, and players wages are generally lower in the Championship.
We will have a unique opportunity - or at least the best one for a decade - to overhaul the playing staff. Overpaid players will have to take a wage cut and roll up their sleeves to get stuck in or leave. I for one won't worry too much if the majority of the current first team do depart, and we will find out which of them are committed to the club.
So, we miss out on the Premier League cash bonanza – or do we? Next season the new deal kicks in but payment to the clubs is annual - they don't pay out all of the money all at once. I believe it is around eighty-one million quid per season, so if you get promoted back into the premier league you still get your cut.
It is more medium-term than long-term, but if we get relegated – and as long as we keep the manager - I believe we could become a far stronger club both in playing and financial terms with a more sustainable commercial position that will allow us to invest in the right players in future.