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Hi all you Sunderland fans........here we are again at Christmas near the bottom of the league, only this time it is the Championship with the prospect of relegation to the third tier of English football. I would love to be positive and say that I have every confidence that we will start winning games and pull away from the bottom of the league but from what i have seen so far this season I am not convinced that will happen.
I was delighted when we appointed Chris Coleman because he is a much better manager with a higher profile than I envisaged us getting. The result against Burton and the fighting draw against table-topping Wolves has at least given us hope that we can fight our way up the league. We will need a minimum of 50 points to escape and that leaves us with another 34 to win.
Undoubtedly the key is going to be whether we can break the habit of not winning at home as the vast majority of teams win most of their points in their home fixtures.
Hopefully Chris can motivate the players to win some games in December and bring in some players during January that will strengthen the team. I have seen most of the games this season and to be brutally honest we have been bullied out of a lot of them. We have been physically inferior and although we have started off well as soon as we go behind some of the heads have gone down and they have lost confidence.
I have to believe that when Chris took the job he was promised some money to spend in the window and with three or four good signings I can see the team climb the league because a lot of the defeats have been by the odd goal so I don't think we are far away from some of the teams challenging for the play-offs.
Here's to a vast improvement in the coming weeks and by the end of January we are sitting in mid-table.
Best wishes to you all for a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year
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