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Sunderland: Phil Smith hands Black Cats outcast damning prediction on future

Sunderland: Phil Smith hands Black Cats outcast damning prediction on future - Sunderland News

Sunderland Echo journalist Phil Smith has said that Black Cats winger Aiden McGeady will not be given a chance in the first team under the club’s current management.

The 92-cap Republic of Ireland international returned to the Stadium of Light following his loan spell with Charlton last term earlier this summer but he has not been included in any of Phil Parkinson’s pre-season or League One fixtures thus far.

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The £653,000-valued attacker has been training with the Black Cats’ under-23s since his return and with his absence from Sunderland’s official EFL squad list, speculation over his future remains.

Recently touching on his desire to gain first team football with the Black Cats, speaking to The Go Radio Football Show (as reported by The Scottish Sun), McGeady has now received a damning verdict on his future from Sunderland Echo writer Smith.

‘Under the current management, there is no way back,’ Smith said when asked if there was a way back for the winger.

‘That already felt abundantly clear but Phil Parkinson drew a line under it once and for all last week.

‘He was asked in his pre-match press conference whether McGeady’s comments, in which the winger had said he wanted a chance at the club, would have any impact.

‘Parkinson again simply and concisely stressed that it was time for him to move on.’

The Republic of Ireland international has featured for Sunderland in 98 games, scoring 27 goals and supplying 13 assists in the process.

McGeady must move on, for the good of his career which has been a relatively good one.

It will be interesting to see if Parkinson’s attacking options are enough this season and manages to cope without the impact McGeady can have on a regular basis. Time will tell.

Do you think McGeady should leave the Stadium of Light as soon as possible? Let us know in the comments section below…


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