Former Celtic and Aston Villa striker Chris Sutton has told BT Sport’s Football Tonight show that Sunderland fans need to be “realistic”.
Sutton believes that the Black Cats supporters should be happy just to remain in the Premier League and not demand more.
“I think fans need to get a reality check, Sunderland fans as well,” the 41-year-old told BT Sport’s Football Tonight show on Wednesday.
“If I were a Sunderland fan, every year we stayed in the Premier League, I would be happy. But fans want more and more, and that’s unrealistic.”
Is Chris Sutton right?
Sutton is indeed right in saying that “fans want more and more”, but that is the nature of football.
However, to suggest that Sunderland supporters should be just happy being in the Premier League is not going to go down well with the Black Cats fans.
Sunderland are a big club, but year after year they seem to struggle for survival in the Premier League.
There is always the threat of going down to the Championship, and this is something that no one wants.
Sunderland are not going to break into the top six anytime soon, but they should aspire to be in a better position in the league table than they are now.
In football, as in life, progress is imperative.