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2006-02-10 00:00

Sunderland Chairman Blasts Manager McCarthy

    A schism appeared at Sunderland yesterday when Bob Murray launched a scathing attack on comments made by the manager Mick McCarthy last week before the defeat at West Ham. "Insulting" and "ludicrous" were two of the words used by the chairman and it is difficult to see how there can be a reconciliation between the two men after such a forceful, damning public address.

    McCarthy said last week that Sunderland's transfer policy after being promoted, with its severe financial constraints, reflected limited optimism. "There was a view taken that of course we wanted to stay up and do well but, if we didn't, then the group of players here will stay here and be a force to be reckoned with in the Championship," he said. "We have lacked experience but if we had gone out and got experienced players on big salaries we might have had a real problem if we had gone down. If it turns out that we're not good enough and we go down, this team stays together unless any decide they don't want to."

    The Wearsiders are 16 points from safety at the foot of the table with 14 games to play and are nine points adrift of second-bottom Portsmouth. Andy Gray and Jon Stead have scored one goal between them and the goalkeeper Kelvin Davis has made a number of costly mistakes. Relegation looks all but guaranteed.

    But Murray's withering response to McCarthy yesterday was to tell the Sunderland Echo: "I was very angry to read the comments at the weekend, which are blatantly untrue and insulting. We did not go up into the Premiership just to make up the numbers or with a plan to come back down - that's a ludicrous suggestion.

    "We did expect it to be a difficult and hard first season back, as Wigan and West Ham did, but we did not expect to be in the position we are today - and none of us are happy about that. The policy was to acquire players to secure our position in the Premiership and certainly not a subsequent season in the Championship.

    "The board did not dictate the number of players to buy or which targets to pursue. All our player contracts, like the majority of clubs now, are much more performance-related and also reflect our status - wherever we finish in the league - but that's just sound business.

    "The facts are, we finished last season 21 points ahead of West Ham and seven points ahead of Wigan. In the summer we invested as least as much as both Wigan and West Ham and expected to be in there scrapping to the end of the season with the goal of retaining our Premiership status, so we could consolidate further in our second season.

    "Wigan and West Ham have been able to invest again in the January window, as we would have done had we been in the same position with the comfort of knowing we too had all but secured our Premiership status. Unfortunately the performances and results dictated otherwise.

    "At our game against West Brom I was talking to their chairman and he confirmed that despite them being in their second successive season in the Premiership our wage bill is higher than theirs, so it's not a case of us lacking ambition, not being prepared to pay Premiership wages or not wanting to remain in the top flight."

    Murray also told the Echo that if Bolton Wanderers finish outside the top six their players will receive exactly the same amount of money as Sunderland's will do if, improbably, they stay up.

    "It was certainly not our intention to come into the Premier League to make up the numbers," he added. "Far from it. And from a financial perspective, being in the top flight is worth far more than parachute payments in the Championship. We all feel very let down by the season and are having to manage the most difficult scenario we all could imagine."

    McCarthy reiterated after the 3-0 home defeat by Middlesbrough last Tuesday that he would not resign, and there was a consensus that Sunderland will not review their managerial position until the end of the season, but Murray's remarks yesterday reveal a deterioration in the chairman-manager relationship which could see the former Ireland manager leave sooner rather than later.



    英超桑德兰俱乐部主席鲍勃·穆雷当地时间2月6日就该队主教练麦卡锡此前的一系列抨击俱乐部“不作为”的言论给与了严厉回击。在穆雷的言词中不乏像“侮辱”和“荒谬可笑”这样的激烈用词,看来他们两人之间已经完全没有了今后重归于好的回旋余地。

    据英国《卫报》2月7日报道,目前在英超联赛积分垫底的“升班马”桑德兰队目前看来已经难逃降级厄运。对此该队主教练麦卡锡在上周末联赛对阵西汉姆之前发了一通牢骚,并将球队成绩不佳的原因直接归咎于俱乐部在球员转会市场方面的“财政拮据”,认为俱乐部在买进球员方面的吝啬让球队从赛季一开始就变得前途莫测。

    “有一种观点认为,我们当然应该能留在英超,并且还能做得很好。”他说:“但事实是我们没有做到这一点,因为我们的球员非常缺乏经验。假如我们拥有很多有经验和高薪水的球员但还是没有打好联赛的话,那时你才可以说我们的球队真的出了大问题。”

    目前,桑德兰队比联赛倒数第2名朴次茅斯队落后9分,至少还需要16分才能脱离保级区,然而联赛目前只剩下14轮就要结束。桑德兰队球员在本赛季的表现乏善可陈,特别是在比赛中频频出错的门将戴维斯简直是无可救药。所有一切都表明,桑德兰的降级已经不可避免。

    面对麦卡锡的公开言论,桑德兰俱乐部主席穆雷6日进行了严厉反驳。“看了他在周末的这些评论,我感到非常的气愤。”穆雷表示:“上述言论都是不真实的,同时也是对我们的一种侮辱。我们并不是来英超滥竽充数的,也决不会带着来玩玩然后就回去的想法来打比赛,这样的想法实在是太荒谬可笑了。”

    “我们确实想到了在英超的比赛将是十分艰苦的,和我们一起升入英超的维冈竞技和西汉姆也将同样如此。”穆雷表示:“但我们实在没有想到的是球队今天的结局。对此我们谁也不会满意。我们的政策历来就是买入那些能够帮助我们留在英超的球员。董事会也没有规定究竟只能买进多少球员或者应该买进哪些球员。我们所有球员的合同,同大多说俱乐部球员的合同一样,都是同其自身的表现相挂钩的,同时也是同球队最终成绩相联系的。但不管怎样,所有这些都是纯商业的。”

    “事实是,上个赛季在英冠联赛,我们位居榜首,比西汉姆多21分,比维冈也多7分,在夏季转会市场我们的投入也至少同上述两支球队相当。我们的目标就是保住英超席位。不错,维冈和西汉姆在今年1月转会期都在买进球员方面追加了投资。如果我们目前的处境和它们一样的话,我们也会这样做的。但不幸的是,球队的表现和结果差强人意。”

    谈到球员工资,桑德兰俱乐部主席穆雷更是气不打一处来。“在同西布朗队比赛之前,我曾经和该俱乐部主席聊过。他告诉我,虽然这是他们在英超的第2个赛季,但他们球员的工资并没有我们球员的工资高。由此可以看出,并不是我们没有雄心壮志,也不是我们不愿意为球员支付同英超联赛相匹配的高工资或者干脆就没打算留在英超。”

    从穆雷的讲话中不难看出,双方的关系已经“剑拔弩张”。然而在上周二桑德兰主场0:3大败给米德尔斯堡队后,主教练麦卡锡仍然表示自己绝不会辞职,并且认为俱乐部董事会在赛季结束前也决不会撤换教练。不过在俱乐部主席穆雷6日发表了上述讲话后,可以预见的是,麦卡锡的离职只能是更早而不会是更晚的事。

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