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'Not a big club anymore' - Micky Gray lays into 'rotten' Sunderland

Former Sunderland defender Michael Gray and now Radio pundit, looks on before the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at St James' Park on August 17,...

Former Sunderland player and fan Micky Gray thinks the club is "rotten from top to bottom".

Former Sunderland defender Michael Gray and now Radio pundit, looks on before the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at St James' Park on August 17,...Former Sunderland defender Michael Gray and now Radio pundit, looks on before the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester City.

Micky Gray was not pulling any punches when discussing his former side Sunderland, describing the club as "rotten from top to bottom".

Gray was speaking as a pundit on Channel 5's Championship programme following the Black Cats' 4-0 defeat at Cardiff City on Saturday (January 13) lunchtime.

The result keeps Chris Coleman's men rock bottom of the table and three points from safety, with the ex-left-back - who came through the academy at the Wearside outfit and spent 12 years in first team - fearful of successive relegation.

Chris Coleman, manager of Sunderland during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Middlesbrough and Sunderland at the Riverside Stadium on January 6, 2018 in Middlesbrough, England.Chris Coleman, manager of Sunderland, during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match against Middlesbrough.

"We need 28 points and that gets you to the magical number in the Championship of 50," Gray said. "When you think we've only got 22 now from 27, it is just not enough. We have not been good enough.

"I think the club is rotten from top to bottom. I think we've got a manager from Waitrose and players you'd probably buy from Aldi. We've got loanees that are just not good enough. The experienced players are making mistakes every single week.

"It has to change and if it doesn't change we're looking down at League One right now and that is not a big football club for me. We are not a big club anymore."

Sunderland fans look on as players warm up ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Derby County at Stadium of Light on August 4, 2017 in Sunderland, England.Sunderland fans look on as players warm up ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match against Derby County.

It is pretty scathing stuff from Gray, but it is difficult to argue with as Sunderland quickly approach the prospect of being the first club since Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1985 to be relegated from the top flight and then second tier in consecutive years of finishing bottom.

The North East team came down from the Premier League after a decade stay in the division with just 24 points in 2016/17 and have now won just four of their 27 league outings this season.

Coleman has managed to turn things around slightly, winning three of his ten Championship matches and drawing a further two, but results still need to improve further to avoid the drop.

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