Ex-Sunderland midfielder brands them "sh*t club with sh*t fans"

The Northern Echo: John O'Shea is concerned at Sunderland's loss of form John O'Shea is concerned at Sunderland's loss of form

FORMER Sunderland midfielder Liam Noble has launched a withering attack on his former employers, branding them a "sh*t club with sh*t fans".

Noble spent more than three seasons on the Black Cats' books, having graduated from the club's academy into the reserves squad in 2009.

He became a regular at reserve-team level, but was unable to break into Sunderland's first team and joined Carlisle United on loan in the second half of last season.

The Cramlington-born 20-year-old rejoined the Cumbrians on loan at the start of the current campaign, and joined the club on a permanent basis after he was released from Sunderland in January.

He has angered the Black Cats supporters with a series of increasingly provocative postings on his Twitter account, culminating in a series of controversial comments yesterday.

Noble tweeted: "Sunderland was great until I signed a pro contract. Only one club gave me a shot at pro football. Many thanks to everyone at Carlisle United. Great club great fans."

He later added: "Not bitter at all about leaving Sunderland! Sh*t club sh*t fans! Hope to see you's soon. Maybe give us a derby next year. Haha."

Sunderland officials are aware of Noble's comments, but have opted not to respond to them in a formal capacity.

However, it is understood that Carlisle's hierarchy are far from impressed with his actions and are expected to impose internal disciplinary sanctions later this week.

Meanwhile, John O'Shea has admitted Sunderland's season is beginning to peter out following successive goalless draws with Wolves and Aston Villa.

The Black Cats were as high as eighth three weeks ago, yet they now find themselves back in the bottom half of the table in 11th position.

In theory they could still finish anywhere between seventh and 15th, but the primary target is to improve on last season's 10th-placed finish.

With games against Bolton and Fulham preceding the final-day encounter with Manchester United, a top-half finish is a realistic objective, but O'Shea admits there will have to be an improvement on the last two performances if it is to become a reality.

"We're letting the season tail off a little bit after going on a fantastic run and we've got to make sure we finish off as strong as we can," said the Republic of Ireland international.

"It's an unforgiving league. You can be in eighth or ninth and two weeks later you could be in 14th. You want to make sure you're in that top half of the table.

"When you're at home to Wolves and away to Villa and you've only picked up two points, you're hugely disappointed at dropping four.

"Those four points could be the ones to keep us pushing towards that top eight or nine positions in the league."

A lack of goals has been Sunderland's major problem as they have now gone more than seven hours without scoring, but O'Shea feels with the chances the side are creating, an end to the barren run is just around the corner.

"You never know, someone could be on the end of a hiding if we start taking our chances and finishing teams off," he said.

"Bolton will know they'll be in for a tough game next weekend and won't get anything easy up at the Stadium of Light.

"We knew Villa were under a lot of pressure due to their position in the league and missing a lot of their important players. Even on Saturday, two of their best players went off injured as well.

"We were hoping to capitalise on that situation. For large parts of the game, we were thinking, 'How have we not scored?'

"Credit to Villa, they caused us a few problems as well, but I thought we had the better chances."

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9:34am Tue 24 Apr 12

doonhamer says...

In a free society everyone is entitled to their comments. Ask any Newcastle fan about the above comments and they would whole heartedly agree, Mackems would do the same in reverse if it was a Durham born player once on the Toons books. This banter/rivalry/hatre
d/tradition is part and parcel of our game long may it continue
In a free society everyone is entitled to their comments. Ask any Newcastle fan about the above comments and they would whole heartedly agree, Mackems would do the same in reverse if it was a Durham born player once on the Toons books. This banter/rivalry/hatre d/tradition is part and parcel of our game long may it continue doonhamer

10:29am Tue 24 Apr 12

righteousass says...

doonhammer- I take what you're saying. However, a professional footballer calling someone a m*ng on in a public forum is unacceptable. This type of attitude is probably one of the reasons the boy wasn't offered a pro-contract by SAFC. Ref: https://twitter.com/
#!/LiamNoble17/statu
s/194400323815735296
doonhammer- I take what you're saying. However, a professional footballer calling someone a m*ng on in a public forum is unacceptable. This type of attitude is probably one of the reasons the boy wasn't offered a pro-contract by SAFC. Ref: https://twitter.com/ #!/LiamNoble17/statu s/194400323815735296 righteousass

10:30am Tue 24 Apr 12

jabdc5, the land that's still trying to recover from the last tory government. says...

strange comments from Mr Noble, if Sunderland are a sh*t club as he says and yet he WASN'T good enough to play for them what does that make him? Worse than sh*t obviously.
strange comments from Mr Noble, if Sunderland are a sh*t club as he says and yet he WASN'T good enough to play for them what does that make him? Worse than sh*t obviously. jabdc5, the land that's still trying to recover from the last tory government.

5:17pm Tue 24 Apr 12

gavshaw62 says...

seems noble i was gonna call him mr but dont think he merits that is a bitter lad obviously sunderland didn't think he was good enough so gave him to carlisle now all he should concentrate on is playing for carlisle and making sunderland regret letting him go try and do something similar to a certain peter beardsley who newcastle let go but went on to prove them wrong and become a household name in the game but beardsley was a man who let his football do the talking
seems noble i was gonna call him mr but dont think he merits that is a bitter lad obviously sunderland didn't think he was good enough so gave him to carlisle now all he should concentrate on is playing for carlisle and making sunderland regret letting him go try and do something similar to a certain peter beardsley who newcastle let go but went on to prove them wrong and become a household name in the game but beardsley was a man who let his football do the talking gavshaw62

9:34pm Tue 24 Apr 12

greenfinger says...

grow up son, your career will be over before you know it otherwise.
grow up son, your career will be over before you know it otherwise. greenfinger

11:15pm Tue 24 Apr 12

marcogoalo says...

Typical mag showing no respect for the club that gave him a start in the game. No thought to his brother who has a contract at Sunderland.
Typical mag showing no respect for the club that gave him a start in the game. No thought to his brother who has a contract at Sunderland. marcogoalo

1:00pm Wed 25 Apr 12

Dean M says...

"Worse than sh*t obviously."
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And what do you do with such players? Sell 'em to Carlisle...
"Worse than sh*t obviously." . And what do you do with such players? Sell 'em to Carlisle... Dean M

9:40pm Wed 25 Apr 12

kable1879 says...

marcogoalo

they aren't related
marcogoalo they aren't related kable1879

5:23pm Thu 26 Apr 12

BigTx1 says...

what an idiot, i hope Carlisle throw the book at him and his career ends up plummeting another couple of divisions at least.

He is obviously rubbish, for us to actually GIVE HIM AWAY FOR FREE!
what an idiot, i hope Carlisle throw the book at him and his career ends up plummeting another couple of divisions at least. He is obviously rubbish, for us to actually GIVE HIM AWAY FOR FREE! BigTx1

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