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We asked SEVEN ex-Sunderland players how they think our season will go - here’s what they said

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We asked Bolo Zenden, Kieran Richardson, Danny Collins, Nicky Summerbee, Carlos Edwards, Don Goodman and Matt Kilgallon how they think Sunderland’s season will go - here’s what they said.

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Nicky Summerbee said...

I can only see promotion for Sunderland this to be honest - please, not the play-offs!

The way last season went, and especially the way it ended, was incredibly hard to take, but it will give that group of players a whole new drive to get the club to push onward and forget the past.

This coming season is all about the future, not what happened before.

Come on Sunderland!

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Bolo Zenden said...

It’s always hard to predict how and any season will go, but there’s no denying how important the start will be.

I hope the team do well and get the job done this year.

The club and those fans deserve promotion.

It will will be good for the fans and also the area to have something to cheer about.

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Carlos Edwards said...

Honestly, I think promotion is on this season.

Adding a few more new players to Jordan Willis etc. will be important though, but they have to be the right kind of players too - they can’t just be anybody coming in the door.

You need players that could bring something different from what Jack Ross already has, and that recruitment is down to the board and the manager. Hopefully they’ll get that 100% correct and I believe they will and Sunderland will go up as Champions.

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Don Goodman said...

I wouldn’t normally really comment until I’ve had time to assess the full squad, and other League One squads, at the end of the transfer window, but I expect Sunderland to do well.

In Jack Ross I think they have the right man, but if the pressure to get back to the Championship was big last year it’s going to be even greater this year and that, for me, will be their biggest enemy.

On paper, it looks like quite a weak League One by comparison to last season, which I would argue (in terms of quality) was perhaps the best ever.

So all in all, I’m fairly positive about Sunderland’s chances of promotion given my perception of the calibre of the opposition.

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Danny Collins said...

I think Sunderland will finish fourth and have to make it through the play-offs.

The club I would expect to be pushing for automatic promotion from League One are the likes of Portsmouth, Ipswich and Rotherham.

Once again, I think it will be tough for Sunderland, but hopefully they can go a step further than they did at the end of last season.

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Kieran Richardson said...

I’ve been watching Sunderland from afar. I’m a supporter for life to this great football club, but it’s sad to see them in League One, but hey...that’s football sometimes.

Last season we were unlucky not to go up. I’d always say we are going to win the league, or at least automatic, but when you go into the play-off’s - it’s always 50/50.

I think the manager and the team will know what League One is all about this time around and will have learnt a lot from last season. I see the manager has brought in some new signings too, and you have to hope they will hit the ground running.

When it comes down to it, this club should be in the Premier League, but nothing is a given and everything has to be earned.

I wish all my Mackems the best of luck, I’ll be cheering from down here in London!

Just remember there’s nothing better than you, the fans, behind the team. You guys make a big difference and, trust me, the players and the management will thrive on that. Good luck!

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Matt Kilgallon said...

Personally, I think Sunderland have the strongest squad in the league. A great mix of youth and much needed experience.

Last season they were cursed with draws, but if they can convert those draws into wins, then I’d put my money on them to win the league.

I’ve played with Charlie Wyke and know just how good he can be. If he can form a partnership with either Will Grigg or new signing Mark McNulty, they’ll produce goals.

Another key point for me will be retaining Jon McLaughlin, I thought he was outstanding last season and was a calming presence at the back. Haway the Lads!

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