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Ireland’s John O’Shea ‘Distraught’ Over Sunderland’s Relegation From The Premier League

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: John O'Shea of Sunderland leaves the pitch following the full time whistle in the Premier League match between Sunderland and AFC Bournemouth at the Stadium of Light on April 29, 2017 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

While the other clubs to be relegated from the Premier League, and all the permutations that could come out of that for Republic of Ireland internationals, have yet to be decided upon, Saturday afternoon saw Sunderland, captained by John O’Shea, demoted to the Championship.

The 35-year-old could well be facing into his final four games as a top flight player now given his age, but even with this less than desirable outcome from what has been a tough season the Waterford native surely has more to give, even if that comes in England’s second tier.

But speaking to SAFC.com after Saturday’s late 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth, which confirmed the Black Cats’ fate, O’Shea was overcome with disappointment over what was another poor season for the north east club.

“Not a nice day, especially the way the game went again,” said O’Shea.

“It didn’t go our way again and obviously the sucker punch at the end where we’re obviously taking chances to get that goal.

“On another day we would have scored a couple of goals easily.”

O’Shea also spoke to Sky Sports (via Richard Mennear), and discussed how not being able to get any kind of winning run together towards the end of this season, which was done in the past, has cost them.

The Ireland veteran then went on the explain how distraught the team are following confirmation they will compete in the Championship next term.

The future of not only O’Shea but manager David Moyes and standout player Jermain Defoe are now very much up in the air, as with any relegation, but particularly from the wealthiest league in Europe.

At 35 it will be interesting to see what O’Shea does next but for Ireland’s sake one would hope he can continue to play at a decent level right up until the business end of World Cup qualifying next season.

Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena

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