English Premiership

Cattermole targets top 10 spot

2015-08-04 10:46
Lee Cattermole (AFP)

Cape Town - Midfielder Lee Cattermole believes Sunderland are finally ready to shake off the tag of serial underachievers after narrowly escaping relegation in each of their last three seasons.

Cattermole, who signed a new long-term deal last month, was part of the team that finished 10th under Steve Bruce in 2011, the only time the Black Cats ended in the top half of the Premier League table in the last 14 years.

"This feels like my club. If you spend enough time somewhere, you fall in love with it," British media quoted the 27-year-old Englishman, who has spent the past six years on Wearside, as saying.

Manager Dick Advocaat has signed Jermain Lens, Sebastian Coates, Younes Kaboul and Adam Matthews over the summer and Cattermole feels the additions can help the club avoid another season flirting with relegation.

"In terms of the team, I think this is the best group of players now that I've ever been a part of here," he said.

The combative defensive midfielder said the club must try to emulate the highs of the 2000 and 2001 seasons, when Sunderland finished seventh for two seasons in a row under Peter Reid.

"We need to look to push on and get back to the kind of heights that the club enjoyed in the Peter Reid era," he said.

"They finished seventh back then, and if you can finish in or around there, then that's progress, and I don't see any reason why we shouldn't be competing with where Swansea, Stoke and Southampton are."

Southampton finished seventh last season ahead of Swansea at eighth and Stoke a spot further behind.


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Saturday, 23 November 2019
West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur, London Stadium 14:30
Arsenal v Southampton, Emirates Stadium 17:00
Everton v Norwich City, Goodison Park 17:00
Crystal Palace v Liverpool, Selhurst Park 17:00
Brighton & Hove Albion v Leicester City, The American Express Community Stadium 17:00
Watford v Burnley, Vicarage Road 17:00
AFC Bournemouth v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Vitality Stadium 17:00
Manchester City v Chelsea, Etihad Stadium 19:30
Sunday, 24 November 2019
Sheffield United v Manchester United, Bramall Lane 18:30
Monday, 25 November 2019
Aston Villa v Newcastle United, Villa Park 22:00
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

And the 2019/20 English Premiership champions will be ... ?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.