Between AFC Wimbledon and Burnley a lot has happened at Sunderland AFC, from the 3-1 win at the Stadium of Light, to the varying comments levelled at the revealed dismissal of ‘Magic Man’ Marcus Maddison from Peterborough for £2.5m.
On Saturday, everyone involved with Sunderland from fans to staff were pretty content with all things Sunderland Association Football Club - a 3-1 win, albeit against a lowly AFC Wimbledon side and a third win in a row in the league (four if you count the Accrington Stanley cup game) – with a player firing on all cylinders in Chris Maguire.
This morning the mood on social media changed slightly, however. The revelation announced by Peterborough Chairman Darragh MacAnthony, in which he revealed that Sunderland were offered creative attacking midfielder Marcus Maddison for £2.5m in a previous transfer window, has resulted in an almighty backlash against Sunderland Chairman Stewart Donald and the clubs recruitment team from some Sunderland fans.
In a way, it’s understandable that there is some negativity towards such a subject, with the lack of recent spending and the worry that we do not have adequate cover for positions if the worst happens, and one of our creative midfielders are injured.
On the other side, however, we’re in the midst of a takeover opportunity that brings, with itself, instability until the deal is finalised. It’s apparent that the lack of spending in this particular transfer window is based around the investment offered by MSD Partners and the approval of the EFL to confirm the takeover. Also, we’re unbeaten in every competition so far this season and we’re building a whole lot of momentum now that Jack Ross gives the somewhat aberrant impression that he knows his strongest eleven.
As the football on the pitch develops into something that resembles a side that can get promoted or, dare we say, win the league and continue to exhilarate fans as best they can in a league bereft of quality – occurrences off the pitch always tend to threaten the balance between excitement and frustration.
Things are going well - even the most pessimistic of fans cannot say otherwise as the results speak for themselves. As fans of the same entity, can we all just get along?