Sunderland 'Til I Die Series 2 Review - 7 Ups & 5 Downs

2737 words on the misadventures of Sunderland AFC. Charlie Methven would have wanted 3000.

Sunderland AFC

Those familiar with the "Ups & Downs" naming convention here on will know that it's a house method of breaking down the various forms of entertainment we cover, but it feels like a solid surface level start for a deep dive into the second season of a docuseries all about Sunderland AFC.

To briefly reset, the club are back under the lens after a first attempt at a rote comeback story ended in catastrophe. Relegated from English football's top flight in 2017 after several years of miraculously dodging certain doom, they then left the second tier at the first attempt through the wrong exit.

Falling through football's floor with all the grace of the Sticky Bandits from Home Alone 2, the wealth and ineptitude of those at the top of a fatally flawed management structure were just as pathetic as the financially destitute duo in the Hollywood sequel.

Whilst Kevin McCallister's story was very effectively re-told, could yet another tale of panic, isolation and painful quick fixes pack a similar punch second time around?

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