Younes Kaboul hails Sunderland's supporters

Sunderland are currently four points away from safety in the Premier League.

Younes Kaboul has told the Northern Echo that the biggest positive Sunderland can take from their poor start to the season is that their supporters still care.

The Black Cats have made an awful start to their campaign, but they have still been backed in large numbers by a vocal support.

And Kaboul believes that having the fans behind them will be crucial, as the North East side look to turn their form around.

“The biggest negative is that we are near the bottom, in the relegation places,” said Kaboul. “But the positive is that the people really care here about the club. I have known that before at Portsmouth, it’s similar. The people who work at the club, and the fans, are amazing.

“The mentality, love and dedication to the club from everyone around here, I find that amazing. That helped when we stayed up with Portsmouth. You have the support from the fans, the town. Up here, the people live for the club so we have to respect that. We are aware of that and we want to deliver for them."

Sunderland appointed Sam Allardyce to try and save them from the drop, but much of the optimism around his appointment has already evaporated.

Allardyce has sparked a slight improvement in the team – and he guided them to their only victory of the season against Newcastle United.

However, the Black Cats still have not picked up points with the regularity that they will require to get away from trouble.

Sunderland have lost their last two matches, and they are currently four points away from safety, following a defeat to Southampton at the weekend. 

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