Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Wearsiders Looking to the Future Not the Past

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Wearsiders Looking to the Future Not the Past

Article excerpt

THE past is weighing heavily on Sunderland at the moment but Simon Grayson is doing a good job of keeping it out of the players' minds.

Years of mistakes in the transfer market have come back to bite them this summer.

The Black Cats banked nearly PS100m in television and prize money for finishing bottom of last season's Premier League, a record PS30m fee for an English goalkeeper and a PS47m parachute payment.

Still they have only been able to spend PS1.25m in the transfer market, spread across seven players (three on loan).

Debts of PS110m caused by bad signings and poor managerial (and director of football) appointments are the reason.

Grayson has also used the history of the club to his advantage, trumpeting what a big club it is at every opportunity.

He is not so much telling the fans or his players but the players he wants to sign in the coming weeks and beyond.

Sunderland needs to be seen as a stepup for players if they cannot have huge wages thrown at them to "compensate" for having to drag themselves and their families so far north. …

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