Sunderland ‘Til I Die: Former manager Simon Grayson unhappy about how he was portrayed in Netflix documentary

1 Jan

Simon Grayson has told talkSPORT he is unhappy about the way he was portrayed in Netflix documentary series ‘Sunderland ‘Til I Die’.

The eight-part fly on the wall series may be grim viewing for Black Cats fans, but it has earned rave reviews for the way it followed the team’s 2017/18 season which ended in relegation to League One.

For Grayson, however, the hit show has put an unwanted spotlight on his short and ill-fated reign in charge at the Stadium of Light.

The show was expected to document the Black Cats’ promotion challenge, but ultimately documented their drop to the third tier of English football.

Grayson was tasked with lifting Sunderland back to Premier League when he was appointed in June 2017 as a replacement for David Moyes – who resigned following the club’s relegation to the Championship.

However, he only last four months in the job and was sacked in October with the Black Cats second from bottom in the table, being replaced by Chris Coleman – who could not save the club from relegation.

Chris Coleman only last five months in charge of Sunderland – leaving the club in April 2018 after their relegation to League One

Asked if he is comfortable about how he’s portrayed in the Netflix series, Grayson told talkSPORT’s Matchday Live: “Not really.

“It [the documentary deal] was in place when I first went to Sunderland, so I didn’t have any opportunity to say no.

“What I said to the people who were doing it was they couldn’t have access to the dressing room and other certain areas, but we would try and help them along the way.

“What I was disappointing with was that they didn’t portray myself and my staff how we are.

“There were only a couple of clips here are there of us in a classroom which was done five hours before a pre-season match – we didn’t really get the air time to show our personality.

“When it went onto Chris, you saw a different side to him to be fair.

The series follows a tough season for Black Cats fans – but they have remained fiercely loyal to their club in League One football this season

“It’s very well done documentary and it’s getting rave publicity, but ultimately from my perspective I’m a little bit disappointed how we were portrayed.

“We certainly did some good work at Sunderland behind the scenes to get people going to work with a smile on their face.

“Ultimately the results didn’t go our way, but we weren’t portrayed in that manner, really.”

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‘Jose Mourinho is losing the plot, Manchester United must sack him and spend £200m in January’, claims former England full-back Micky Gray

29 Sep

Micky Gray has called for Manchester United to sack Jose Mourinho and spend £200million in the January transfer window to rectify their woeful start to the season.

The Red Devils were convincingly beaten 3-1 by West Ham United on Saturday afternoon in a week of discontent.

Mourinho looks inconsolable at the London Stadium

Rumours of a fallout between Mourinho and Paul Pogba seem to have reached boiling point when training footage emerged of a tense moment between the two in the wake of a humbling defeat to Championship side Derby County.

The defeat at the London Stadium means United have made their worst start to a season for 29 years, and Gray thinks the time for a change is necessary.

“I’ve said it before, he has got to be under serious, serious pressure now,” Gray said on talkSPORT Matchday Live.

“And if they are going to make a change, they’ve got to make it before January.

Goals from Felipe Anderson, Victor Lindelof (og) and Marko Arnautovic cancelled out Marcus Rashford’s strike

“Because in the January transfer window, and I’ve probably never said this before about Man United, but they have to go and spend at least £200million.

“They’ve fell so far behind, they don’t even look like a top six side.”

In three of his previous four appointments, Mourinho has endured a third season collapse which has resulted in him losing his job.

In his second stint at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea sacked the Portuguese after public spats with Eden Hazard and Diego Costa and an awful defence of their Premier League title.

The defeat means United have made their worst start to a season for 29 years

And Gray, who played for Sunderland and Leeds United during his career, believes the decision to play Scott McTominay at the centre of the defence ahead of more experienced options signals the beginning of the end.

“I think he is losing the plot. How can you do that?” Gray continued.

“They’ve got other centre-halves they could actually put onto the field if doesn’t like Linedlof is not playing very well.

“But to leave McTominay in the back four…it just smells of Jose Mourinho’s third season again.”