Sunderland have retained their category one status for the club’s academy.
Following a recent Premier League audit, the Mackems have achieved the highest classification for it’s youth system.
The audit is an incredibly thorough process that analyses every aspect of the academy operation, and it appears as though Sunderland’s has been deemed fit enough to be of the highest calibre in the country.
According to the Black Cats’ website, the youth system at the Academy of Light received a glowing review, for which manager Paul Reid was delighted about:
“The awarding of Category One status is testament to the professionalism, work ethic and dedication of everyone involved in our Academy operation.”
It was news that provoked reaction on Twitter, although not all of it was positive as they slammed not only the current youth side but also the club’s ability to hold onto some of their best up and coming talents.
Sunderland’s U23 outfit have won just one game since last February, a period stretching over 25+ matches. The criticism, therefore, seems vindicated.
It’ll be declared empty the way the kids are leaving.
— Paul Dobson (@pauldopa) February 5, 2020
Shame the youth teams can’t win to save there life
— SHAY (@Shaydzzzzzz) February 5, 2020
Poor souls can’t get a result if their life depended on it
— Rhys Bulmer (@Kettylegged) February 5, 2020
Further reaction centred around the current owner Stewart Donald, claiming it was fantastic news for him because he’d be able to sell on some of the younger players for even more money.
Some of the Premier League’s top teams were mentioned by a few fans who attacked the Black Cats for shipping on bright prospects to the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool.
One famous example, of course, was Jordan Henderson while former academy man Morten Spencer was linked with Manchester City before joining Leeds.
fantastic news for Stewart Donald,
he can charge the likes of Man Utd, Arsenal & Liverpool an extra fiver for our 15yr olds
— G.firstname.lastname@example.org (@Gcrightonyahoo2) February 5, 2020
Great news for Liverpool, arsenal and man utd to steal our youth for next to nothing 👍
— John Kelly (@JetsSAFC1987) February 5, 2020
Excellent news…For the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Man Utd.
— Will Brown (@WillBrownFTM) February 5, 2020
A further individual was incredibly surprised by the news, suggesting how shocking it was.
Given the fact that Sunderland’s U23s are in such poor form, you can’t blame them. They sit rock bottom of Premier League 2 Division 2, with a goal difference of -38.
Christ almighty that’s a shock.
— Jason (@Jasonbrahhhh) February 5, 2020
Whether or not the retention of their category one status acts as a boost remains to be seen, but there is clearly a need for the academy to improve, particularly when it comes to results on the pitch.