It was a dramatic ending to Sunderland’s bottom of the table clash with Burton which saw the Black Cats relegated from the Championship.
The reaction from the players after the game has come into question after it was reported that none of the squad made themselves available to the media.
The Brewers come back from 1-0 down to score two in six minutes towards the end of the second half.
Journalist Craig Hope tweeted out his frustration…
No Sunderland player spoke to the press after relegation. I'm sorry, but that is so poor & reflective of a football club lacking in leadership. It's the supporters they're talking to, not journalists. Why did no-one tell them they had to? If you're upset come and show it to fans.
— Craig Hope (@CraigHope_DM) April 21, 2018
This led to former Newcastle player now pundit Alan Shearer to intervene in situation. He replied to the journalist to not apologise as it was clear the players didn’t care themselves.
Why are you sorry, if they’re not? https://t.co/wFmDIc6XEN
— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) April 21, 2018
'It's a horrible feeling'
— Sunderland AFC ?⚪ (@SunderlandAFC) April 21, 2018
Speaking to Sky Sports, manager Coleman said:
“Firstly I would like to apologise to everyone for coming up short, ultimately not having what was needed,”
“It’s a brutal experience and the disappointment is huge. To be fair, maybe blind optimism, five minutes left, I thought we were in the driving seat even though we didn’t play well. Five minutes left the atmosphere was great, then it all changed.
“44 games we are into the season and we haven’t been good enough. I am sorry for the supporters who have stuck with us every week, followed us, we haven’t had enough and we have fallen short.
“I don’t know where this club goes. I don’t know what the plan is. We have been looking in terms of recruitment and players.
“We have not been told what’s what. When I speak with chief executive Martin Bain he is as much in the dark as me. We know where we are now and we have to say ‘that’s happened, this is the plan’.
“Right now it’s very raw, it’s just happened. It’s brutally painful. I have been here two minutes, the supporters have been here for years I can only imagine how they are feeling. I don’t know what the plan is.”
The moment Sunderland were relegated…
The sound of Sunderland slipping into League One. Relegated. Beaten 2-1 by Burton Albion. ?
Full list of latest ups + downs ? https://wp.me/p9ufv9-1Zn
Take a look at the reaction to Hope and Shearer’s words on the next page.
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