True Faith bitterness overload
Exactly to expectations, O’Neill brought his team of thugs to St James’ Park and they set out to do what the Irishman’s teams do – foul and spoil. Every player behind the ball! For Sunderland 2012 read Leicester 1996. For Muzzy Izzett read Lee Cattermole. That is where Ellis Short’s tens of millions of pounds of investment has brought them. A team of artless cloggers! Should we be surprised? Not really, this is the club whose followers idolise Kevin Ball. We are the supporters who idolise Peter Beardsley. No more need be said.
I was absolutely staggered by Dean’s decision not to give Cattermole a straight red card for a tackle on Chieck Tiote in the opening minute. No-one will tell me this no-mark, piece of trash hadn’t been instructed all week to make a tackle like that and it comes as little consolation that the yob should be sent off for abusing the referee at the final whistle even if it does mean he and Sessegnon will miss their FAC tie at Everton as a consequence of their ill-discipline.
Truth be told that derby game could have been any one played over the last forty years and the problem was Sunderland succeeded in dragging us down to their level. O’Neill turned the game into a war and I can’t have been the only one to be flabbergasted by Dean’s decision to give Simpson a yellow card after he’d objected to being taken out by McLean in front of the Gallowgate End. The Irishman should have gone for that.
But the real flashpoint came on the final whistle with O’Neill seeking to distract media scrutiny from his team of ale-house scrappers by making fully unsubstantiated allegations against Newcastle United’s coaching team. O’Neill claims he “heard” members of the United coaching team had visited the Ref at HT. Maybe these are voices in his head. That has been completely denied by Alan Pardew. So now O’Neill either needs to provide proof about this s0-called visit or retract the serious allegation immediately. If the man is wrong, then he needs to accept that. If he’s not, prove it. If he can’t prove it and doesn’t retract it, then the man is an idiot or a liar. I am writing this as someone who has had respect for O’Neill and an admiration for him. This fanzine wanted him as manager when Souness was sacked. What O’Neill does with Sunderland in every other fixture they play is absolutely immaterial to us but accusing our people of underhand tactics following a match when we have just witnessed his team turn a game into a kicking competition is just beyond the pale. O’Neill’s decision to decline Pardew’s offer a post-match drink as is the tradition smacks of a classlessness. O’Neill has every reason to be disappointed his team was denied its first win at St James’ Park in twelve years but he should have learnt to act with some kind of professionalism and decorum.
Let it be on the record, if O’Neill does not retract his allegations about Alan Pardew or provide evidence before Tuesday morning, we put it to him that he is a liar!