How’s the five step plan to reach the Champions League going, Sunderland?
Niall Quinn’s optimistic goals look a little out of reach
Just before the start of the season, Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn told us of a five step plan that would make the Black Cats the “second biggest club in England”:
“We had five steps planned when we took over as a board. Step one was going up, step two was staying up, step three, where we’re at now, was establishing ourselves in the Premier League, step four was competing for Europe and step five was aiming for Champions League football.”
“If we keep progressing, if we get to the point down the line where we are knocking on the door to the Champions League, I would have to go to the investors and ask them to commit to a 60,000-seater stadium, to make us the second biggest club in England.”
We’re interested in criticising someone with ambition, but it looks like the club are currently stagnating on step three, and in grave danger of sliding back to step one.
Can Sunderland one day reach the promised land of Champions League football and take a slice of the big four pie? Is Big Sam Allardyce the right man to get them there? Let us know below, folks.