Gary, a legend at the Stadium of Light, said: “He [Short] was great and he was very honest. We talked about was happening at the club and we thrashed it out between the two of us. I asked what direction the club was going in and his ambition was very high, which was nice to hear. But we have obviously fallen short in the last five or six years, which is disappointing. I’s hard for me to watch the demise of the football club.”
Sunderland have seen themselves become less and less relevant in the Premier League over recent years, surviving in the division as the season draws to a close, only to go through the exact same situation the following year.
Managers have been sacked every year, and there is no real vision as to how the club plan to move forward, other than merely surviving in the top flight.
Gray has been disappointed with this approach to the running of the club, and he has held talks with owner Short to discuss the future of the Black Cats.
Gray has stated the message given to him by Short is one filled with positivity, as the owner is very ambitions about the Wearside club moving forward, to not only establish themselves in the top flight, but to actually become a force in the division.
Admittedly, it is hard to understand how this is a viable plan for the Black Cats, and how Short hopes to achieve this aim, and relegation to the Championship is looking much more likely now than any Premier League stability.