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Jack Rodwell
at 16:14 16 Jan 2018

Sorry if ferdy, tried finding if it's been posted before
But to those who say we won't do a Sunderland, how similar does this story sound?

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/sport/15845087.SUNDERLAND__Why_the_Jack_Rodwell


WHEN the story of Sunderland’s calamitous decline is told in a couple of decades’ time, the role played by Jack Rodwell will barely merit a footnote. Yet when it comes to explaining why the club finds itself at the foot of the Championship table, saddled with debts of more than £100m, the tale of the invisible England international could hardly be more instructive.

Even for a club that has set new standards of ineptitude in the last few years, Rodwell’s three-and-a-half years as a Sunderland player represent a remarkable new low. And despite this week’s talk of cancelled contracts and mutual agreements, the most staggering aspect of all is that there could still be another 18 months of this sorry saga to run.

The numbers make for harrowing reading. Rodwell was signed from Manchester City for £10m in August 2014, and is understood to have been awarded a five-year contract worth £70,000-a-week.

He has spent 180 weeks as a Sunderland player, picking up £12.6m in wages. In that time, he has made 76 senior appearances, 23 of which were as a substitute. If his transfer fee and wages are combined, he has cost Sunderland £299,000 per appearance. Or to put it another way, the club has shelled out more than £4,700 for every minute he has been on the field.

Perhaps that would have been worth it if Rodwell had been leading Sunderland to a succession of Premier League wins. Instead, the 26-year-old has made 44 league starts for the Black Cats – and only one of those games resulted in a victory. To all intents and purposes, Sunderland have spent more than £22m to secure a 4-0 win at Crystal Palace in February 2017.

The sums are staggering, and if Rodwell opts to see out the remainder of his contract, he will leave the Stadium of Light having earned £18.2m in wages over the duration of his deal. Plus the one win bonus from Selhurst Park.

Rarely can a player have taken so much for so little, and having completely fallen out of love with the game over the course of the last 12 months, it would suit everyone for Rodwell to walk away and make a new start.

A player with three senior England caps to his name, and who was once touted as the answer to this country’s central-midfield issues, would have the opportunity to rebuild his career while there might still be clubs in the top two divisions willing to take a chance on him. Chris Coleman would have a £70,000-a-week gap in his wage bill, waiting to be filled by some much-needed acquisitions. And Sunderland would be able to move on from an extremely costly mistake.

It all sounds so easy, yet the fact that Rodwell remains on Sunderland’s books despite having asked to leave at the start of the month proves it is anything but. The reality is that the Black Cats’ highest-paid player is perfectly within his rights to sit tight for the next 18 months and continue to count his money. Ultimately, it is the club to blame for the current shambles, not him.

What on earth were Sunderland thinking back in 2014 when they signed off the Rodwell deal and agreed to the midfielder being one of the only players on the club’s books not to have a relegation clause inserted into his contract?

The transfer made no sense at the time, and is even harder to explain now, yet it was far from the only instance of dreadful decision making to have occurred on Ellis Short’s watch. In fact, the Rodwell signing fits neatly into a pattern of chaotic management that has driven Sunderland to the brink of League One.

Two-and-a-half months before Rodwell arrived, Sunderland had clambered to Premier League safety under Gus Poyet. They were locked into a recurring narrative. New manager arrives and drags the team out of the bottom three. New manager asks for a barrel-load of money and is given it to make new signings. New manager abandons everything that his predecessor had been building. New manager starts to struggle, is sacked, and becomes the old manager. A new manager is appointed and the whole sorry cycle starts again.

The upshot was that Sunderland signed 45 players under a succession of different bosses, and made a profit on just three of them. That’s how you rack up £100m of debt even though your owner continues tipping money down a black hole.

Sporting director Lee Congerton was in charge of recruitment when Rodwell was signed, and no doubt wanted to make his mark. Margaret Byrne was the chief executive charged with the task of drawing up contracts, and appears to have been out of her depth from the outset. Poyet wanted high-profile new signings, and was delighted to see Sunderland outbid a number of their Premier League rivals to land a player who had recently been playing for England.
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Stumbled across this
at 16:46 6 Dec 2017

Guys from Australia but how do people honestly still think this!?

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Think I'm Done. Phoenix Club Anyone?
at 17:12 2 Dec 2017

Sick of putting money into the yanks and especially Jenkins pockets
This clubs become a joke
And I've lost complete faith in the Trust
Getting relegated won't change anything
We've lost our identity and our club
I'd much rather watch some local lads and start again
i'd even pay the exact same amount for that
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Ayew's shirt number...wtf!?
at 02:06 3 Feb 2017

According to the official site its number 3, for a striker!? hes not Gyan
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New signings stat comparisons
at 14:44 17 Jan 2017

So I've been looking into our 3 new signings to see if they would really improve the team
All stats taken from league games, no cup or international

Narsingh
15 apps 801 mins
1 goal 1 assist
82.2 pass competion rate

Comapred to
Routledge
18 apps 1322 mins
2 goals 0 assists
65.5 pass completion rate

Montero
11 apps 343 mins
0 goals 1 assist
63.6 pass completion

Barrow
18 apps 1149 mins
0 goals 2 assists
75.3 pass completion



Olsson
19 apps 1374 mins
1 goal 0 assists
72.4 pass completion

Compared to
Taylor
11 apps 922 mins
0 goals 0 asissts
73.1 pass completion

Kingsley
9 apps 766 mins
0 goals 0 assists
76.6 pass completion


Not sure if massive improvements, especially considering theyve both come from lower class leagues
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Narsingh Deal Done
at 14:47 12 Jan 2017

Paul Clement - He’s set to sign. The medical is done and pending the paperwork he’ll be a Swansea City player. It’s pleasing to get it done. He’s a player the club identified before I arrived but I’m more than happy for it to go ahead. When I was at Bayern we played against him at Eindhoven. He’ll bring another dynamic to the team, he has pace, he scores goals and experience of a higher level. He is a good calibre of player.
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Matt Grimes Set To Be Recalled?
at 14:43 12 Jan 2017

Huw Jenkins' at it again?
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Kyle Bartley
at 18:01 27 Dec 2016

Can anyone tell me what the loan situation is with him? always thought players loaned to non premier league teams could be recalled at any time?
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Lift from Cardiff to Swansea today
at 10:39 26 Dec 2016

Anyone driving from Cardiff to swansea today
My cars out of action and apparently the x10 isn't running
Will pay for all petrol
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West Ham Christmas Party
at 22:43 18 Dec 2016

Cancelled apparently as Bilic feels his players dont deserve to celebrate
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Gomis
at 17:13 18 Dec 2016

just scored for Marseille

At least we'll have him for the championship
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Was Bobs change of tactics forced by Sigurdsson?
at 23:35 6 Nov 2016

Im pretty sure i saw Sigurdsson have a go at Bob after the third goal, and tell Routledge and Borja to go on the wings
Anyone else see that?
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I'm excited for Saturday
at 16:16 16 Oct 2016

To finally have a game we can realistically look to get points from
Arsenal was a write off so Bob could see what what he was dealing with, and there was a few positives
Barrow starting and looking to last the entire game before being hacked
Sigurdsson as a false nine, with fer just in behind, best way to play them both
and hopefully Bob will see Taylor and Fernandez need to be dropped, and Ki needs to go spend some time in the reserves
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Giggs turned us down because we didnt have the same ambitions...
at 17:59 8 Oct 2016

what a chicken nugget he is

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/manchester-united-fc-l
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Liam Cullen
at 14:26 29 Sep 2016

Pretty sure he's training with the first teamin the training video on YouTube
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Leroy Fer
at 01:04 12 Sep 2016

Lots of people bashing the lad, shockingly so the last few days
His pass in the build up to the penalty and his goal
3 in 4 for him, what more does he need to do?
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Free Agents
at 15:25 1 Sep 2016

So after a disastrous deadline day, where we probably needed 4 signings, not just a West Ham reject, could we possibly look to free agents?

Sky Sports have a Free agents XI up and dare i say there's some good options there?

http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11095/10561244/free-agents-xi

Caceres is the pick of the bunch for me
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West Ham v Bournemouth
at 15:59 21 Aug 2016

London Stadium looks lush, but its half bloody empty
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