John Motson is one of English football’s most well known voices and well respected broadcasters. When the 71-year-old speaks he captivates his audience.
On Saturday he transferred his unique commentating ability to the punditry game as he appeared, momentarily, live on BBC.
While there he did not hold back one bit when questioned over the problems plaguing the north east giants for a number of years now, with one near relegation miss followed by another until the Black Cats finally ran out of lives this weekend.
It was a sorry way to go for Sunderland too with Bournemouth adding salt to the wound with a late goal through Joshua King goal confirming the inevitable.
Motson’s point of focus in the aftermath, however, was the owners of the club, and he had some choice words for those at the top.
“The rot set in at Sunderland a long time ago and it came right from the top.”
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) April 29, 2017
At least a season in the Championship now faces the 1973 FA Cup winners after several depressing campaigns in the top flight.
Automatic promotion is a realistic target for the club next term but should they lose their ageing stars, such as Jermain Defoe, then it is far from a foregone conclusion that we will see the Stadium of Light side back in the Premier League in 2018.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena
Hat tip: Balls