There are many more poignant moments in Sunderland ’Til I Die, the recent fly-on-the-wall documentary chronicling a sporting institution in the advanced stages of meltdown, but, for a truly compelling, penetrative insight into the modern football industry, you would be advised to skip straight to the scene that reveals the club’s transfer “strategy” in the summer of 2017.
“Really,” a member of Sunderland’s recruitment staff says, “what we’re charged with as a recruitment department is just to produce a list of the people that we think . . .”
“But you’ve done this,” says the club’s then chief executive, Martin Bain, “in terms of profiling these type of loans, for example, with no understanding of the wage budget.”
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