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July 24, 2012
Posted by Lars Knutsen on 07/24/2012

What is it with Sunderland and strikers these days? And I don’t mean the ones who may hold them up in passport control as they return from the Peace Cup in South Korea.

The love-hate relationship with Asamoah Gyan ended a few days ago, with the club recouping their outlay as he signed for Al-Ain in the UAE. I do feel let down by the guy and his agent, as he was part of one of our most dramatic wins in recent times, the November 2010 3-0 rout of Chelsea.

But former manager Steve Bruce ultimately lost his job by not being able to provide consistent goalscoring in the first team, which along with the Darren Bent saga, resulted in what was a real slump for the team in 10 of the 12 months of 2011.

Lars Knutsen Lars Knutsen was born in Sunderland of Norwegian parents across the Wear from the SSOL back when shipbuilding not car manufacture was the city’s main industry. His first game was in 1968 and he has followed the Black Cats since then, with great memories of the 1973 FA Cup. He hopes the “yo-yo” days are over and defines supporting a team by whether the result affects your mood (but maybe not in the way portrayed in the book “Fever Pitch”!) so has been cheerful recently. He endured school in Newc**tle, has a Ph.D. in Chemistry, a Professorship at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, and works in the Pharma industry as a consultant Medicinal Chemist.

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