Ex- Sunderland Player Reveals Which Current Sunderland Player Asked Not To Play Against Chelsea

Ex- Sunderland Player Reveals Which Current Sunderland Player Asked Not To Play Against Chelsea
May 26, 2017

News Sunderland

With Sunderland’s dismal Premier League Season coming to an end with a 5-1 defeat away to the league champions  Chelsea, it was no surprise to see the ex-Manchester United, Everton, Preston and Real Sociedad manager finally resigning on Monday from the North East club.

With a mere 6 wins out of 38 games, many players commitments have been put into question by supporters throughout the season and their suspicions have ultimately been proven correct by ex-Sunderland player and England international Michael Gray.

Talking to Jim White on Monday night on Sky Sports News whilst discussing Moyes’ short term tenure coming to an unflattering end, Gray revealed some inside information from the clubs management staff,

“I spoke to one of the coaches at the club a couple of days ago, and he told me that two of the players for the weekend’s game at Chelsea had refused to play, so I think that kind of tells you what’s happened at the football club which is a disgrace really.”

Jim White pushed for answers from the ex-player, now turned pundit, and Gray went on to name and shame one of the two players who didn’t back the cause under Moyes,

“One of them was Lamine Kone which there was a lot of speculation about in the summer, his head got turned by Everton. I’m not quite sure who the other player is but I definitely know that there were two players knocking on David’s door.”

Gray then turned onto all those players and acknowledged that unsurprisingly, the injury list had built up rapidly over recent weeks, with players afraid of playing out the season in amidst the anger and rage from those suffering Sunderland fans. With the Championship the toughest league to get out of, Alan Shearer on Match of the Day was scathing about his boyhood clubs rivals suggesting that Sunderland could be harpooned in mid-table for years and not seeing the Premier League for a long time with the current squad of players lacking the bite and tenacity needed to bounce back.

Michael Gray furthered this point arguing that those players who did feign injury or ask not to play had to leave the immediately to enable Sunderland to have the best chance of returning back to the top flight sooner rather than later,

“You’ve got players knocking on the manager’s door saying that they don’t want to play, that’s got nothing to do with David. If they’re doing that then they don’t deserve to be at the club in the first place.”

Most Sunderland fans took to Twitter to show their appreciation for the ex-full back publicly shaming Lamine Kone, with fans demanding Kone leave as soon as the window opens and rightly so. Where Sunderland go from here leaves many worried about the club. With managerial turnovers seasonally, there has been a lack of stability for years at the Stadium of Light and the club have scrapped over the line yearly. With this current squad, Sunderland face an uphill battle against many teams who’ll know the division and will have a better set of players once the clubs star players eventually leave in the form of Pickford, Defoe and Kone.

Featured Image: (Feb. 3, 2017 – Source: Christopher Lee/Getty Images Europe)

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