Here we are again, another season where relegation is predicted, another season where we're literally at the end of our seat or screaming f*ck sake, it's the same every week.
It's almost like us Sale Shark fans have a script, we seem to say the same every season as each season makes you a little more down trodden. Moments of sheer brilliance dashed by a series of knock ons at the try line.
Currently right at the bottom of the Domestic League at 11th just 1 point off bottom but at the top in Europe and away in France again this weekend.
The start of the season was difficult with no Faf De Klerk and Chris Ashton, then later after a majestic hatrick debut from Ashton we lose him again to international duty. Then we were hit with an AJ MacGinty injury with Kieran Wilkinson with minimal experience slotting in at 10 and doing a fine job. Now with additions from the two Du Preez brothers to bolster our squad on a temporary basis.
Losses away we should have taken, Saracens included... Sale Sharks are a top flight professional sports team, I think the... oh but it was Saracens speech should end, Sale NEED to be competing with those massive sides and winning! If they don't the dream of winning the league again may aswell end... we need to lose the small club mentality, we have the infrastructure, the ground, the funds... Why aren't we competing? What is missing?
I feel we have missed the likes of Cobilas and Fridge since their departures, the big beefy props able to turn over any scrum. We need another back up 10, beggers belief why we ever let go of Joey Ford, he left us to be 2nd fiddle at another club because we released him.... why would we release a player we need?
We have some of the best wingers and FBs in the league yet we seem to have suffered as they're all that good they either get their heads in everything and become injured or they're off with international squads. I'd like to see Odogwu feature alot more in the absence of Yarde as he would be a massive loss should he ever leave!
The next.... we've now won nothing under Diamond. We love Diamond, he embodies everything Sale Sharks, proper norther grit... but you question, if he was at any other club would he still be in that position? Sale Sharks need Steve Diamond but you wonder, is he doing the right job? Ford, Lancaster and Farrell would be great appointments..... I personally think Diamonds next recruit needs to be a new coaching team...
What do you think? Who's your team for relegation?