Sunderland’s woes continued last night as the Black Cats lost to Gillingham in their FA Cup 1st round replay down in Kent.
The Gills emerged narrow victors but, all the same, it’s another loss for Sunderland and Phil Parkinson has quickly got himself a real mountain to climb to try and turn this season around.
They can fully focus on the league now, if they want something to try and hold on to, but unless form improves quickly they are going to face another season stuck in the third tier.
Clearly, there isn’t a great mood at the Stadium of Light once again right now, and Stephen Elliott has reflected on that with this rather frank message on Twitter:
No disrespect to these clubs but in last 5 weeks #safc have lost to Lincoln, Wycombe, Shrewsbury, Oxford, Leicester u21s, Scunthorpe and now Gillingham. Something is seriously wrong in the club and from top to bottom it has to be fixed quick, as this just cannot be accepted
— Stephen Elliott (@SleevesElliott) November 19, 2019
He’s got a point too.
A club like Sunderland should be smashing this league up but, at the moment, they are getting dragged further into the mire with no real light at the end of the tunnel.
Here’s how fans reacted to the former player’s take:
Comes a time when players have to look in the mirror and ask themselves if they are doing enough. If they are, are they demanding their team mates do, if they aren't, why are they pretending to represent this club.
— Luke Ball (@LukeyKB87) November 19, 2019
Was probably the right decision at the time sacking Ross but that's providing Donald got his replacement right. Becoming plain to see we've got worse and the owner has to be held accountable for that as he said Ross was sacked to give us the best chance of going up
— Kevin Gillham (@gillham_kevin) November 19, 2019
the manager was and was always going to be the wrong choice
— Dean Cummings (@Deanospamoni85) November 19, 2019
Time for the Di Canio comeback? pic.twitter.com/Qm6AVJ8UKM
— Gavin (@GavinHawkton) November 19, 2019
At least he had top references mind…
— Tim Snowdon (@ItsLeonTV) November 19, 2019
It's utterly depressing and has serious long term consequences for the club. Change needs to happen from the top and this dud manager needs peddling ASAP.
— Christopher James (@Spoon363) November 19, 2019
— eddy (@Houghton1956) November 19, 2019
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