A number of Sunderland supporters have been raging over the latest report from Chronicle Live suggesting that the Black Cats might not play Aiden McGeady against Lincoln City on Saturday due to a contractual clause.
The Black Cats are facing a huge task to try and overturn the 2-0 deficit they suffered in the first leg of their play-off semi-final against Lincoln City. Lee Johnson’s side know they will have to produce a massive performance to get themselves back into the tie. They will need all of their best players on the pitch to make it through to the final.
However, according to Chronicle Live, McGeady might not feature for the Black Cats in the second leg at the Stadium of Light because it is believed that if he features he will trigger a 12-month extension to his deal. Sunderland are thought not to be wanting to commit to another year of paying his wages which are the highest at the football club.
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Chronicle Live’s report though does offer some hope for Sunderland, with there being the potential that McGeady could indeed decide to waive the clause. That could happen if the Black Cats agree to honour it should they achieve promotion.
Many Sunderland fans were frustrated with the latest report and were bemoaning how the situation was allowed to be created in the first place.
Here, we take a look at some of the best reactions on social media…
Madness if the player with most assists in the league-and he didn't play till Dec- doesn't start a match we need at least 2 goals in. He's earned a 1 year deal whatever happens
— Kevin Gillham (@gillham_kevin) May 20, 2021
Yet another example of how poor this club was run under the old regime.
My own opinion is AM should agree to cancel this part of his contract if the club agree to honour it if we went up.
We need to think long term. No player is bigger than the club #SAFC
— neil worley (@Neilworley1) May 21, 2021
What a great decision to play him against Northampton and Plymouth.
— Paul (@paulthomase) May 20, 2021
The lad needs to play. It is as simple as that.
— Ewan (@eab1992) May 20, 2021
Ridiculous what a mess no wonder players are flat not well handled at all this out of contract situation
— Tim (@safctim) May 20, 2021
If this is correct then it is utterly incompetent on both parties. Safc -why run it to that level. Player – really? At that age surely be the best u can be and just win. Conclusion = amatuerish.
— graeme chapman (@chapmang05) May 20, 2021
If the club would rather stay in league 1 than pay Mcgeady for another 12 month then nothing has changed in terms of ambition. So amateurish the way we handle everything.
— Lee Walker (@walke2l) May 20, 2021