As the hysteria surrounding the video of a drunken Darron Gibson’s rambling about his teammates swells, it is to be expected that members of the football media are going to step forward to give their ten pence-worth on the situation.
Chris Sutton - the former Blackburn, Celtic and Chelsea striker - has become famed for his outlandish comments in recent seasons and, speaking on Radio 5Live about what Gibson said in the video which emerged over the weekend, Sutton called Sunderland a ‘cesspit’, acknowledging the size of the task that Simon Grayson faces as manager.
Sutton, rather hysterically, said:
I mean for him to say those things, he’s a renegade isn’t he? In a dressing room full of pirates.
Sunderland is a cesspit at the moment and they just don’t need this. Poor Simon Grayson, he’s got a hard enough job on.
This is a club that for years, well it’s been coming hasn’t it. He’s got a job to get this Sunderland team anywhere near the playoffs and things like this don’t help.
You can understand the frustration amongst the supporters. It’s just stupidity in this day and age. Everybody knows that everybody has got a camera phone. Years ago, players might have got away with it.. going for a drink after you’ve got trashed but you just can’t do it. Absolutely brainless behaviour.
They’ll throw the book at him. Privately, they’ll probably want to sell him and be touting him around but it’s not that easy.
I don’t think it’s a sackable offence.
Whilst Sutton tends to over-do it when launching into a critique of something, it’s hard to argue with his viewpoint of the situation - as much as it pains me to say it.
Sunderland are largely viewed as a joke club by those outside of the Wearside bubble and things like the Darron Gibson situation only serve to cause us further embarrassment. It’s unhealthy at a time like this, when we are desperate for new players to come here and change the mentality around the place.
Potential signings must read about the goings on here and cringe at the level of stupidity that comes out of this football club on an almost daily basis.
Carrasso to.... Brighton?
Former Bordeaux goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso has been linked on and off with Sunderland for a number of seasons now - and as recently as two weeks ago there were media outlets claiming we had interest in the French goalkeeper following the departure of Vito Mannone to Reading.
But, with the signing of Robbin Ruiter apparently on the precipice, it appears our interest in Carrasso has waned and the free agent stopper now looks set to join up with newly promoted Brighton & Hove Albion ahead of their debut in the Premier League next season.
Albion - managed by former Newcastle boss Chris Hughton - have just splashed out a sizeable sum on Valencia goalkeeper Matthew Ryan but require backup and, in Carrasso, they would have an able, experienced man capable of coming in to cover for Ryan whenever he’s needed next season.
It looks like we can cross another one off the rumour list, then.
Grayson in for Terriers striker?
The Daily Mail have today reported that Sunderland are one of three clubs in for Huddersfield forward Joe Lolley, who has impressed this pre-season following his return from a serious injury which ruled him out for most of last season.
Lolley, a versatile forward capable of playing anywhere across the front four positions, previously turned out for Kidderminster Harriers and was capped once for the England C team when a player with the non-league club.
David Wagner is said to be keen to retain the services of Lolley ahead of their first campaign in the Premier League and whilst the player has two years left to run on his current deal, it’s understood that Huddersfield may offer him a new contract in order to ward off potential suitors.
Sunderland require depth in wide positions and with Jeremain Lens set to leave, the need for further bodies is only set to increase.