Vant’s new single “Karma Seeker” is out now, so we caught up with Matte from the band for a natter about his beloved Sunderland.
How did you come to support Sunderland?
I was born in Sunderland General Hospital and surrounded by fanatics (especially my grandparents) from an early age. Some may call it a curse.
What are your expectations for the season?
I think it all depends on the signings we make in what’s left of the transfer window. We had major disruption with Big Sam leaving and it hasn’t given David Moyes much time to shape the team around his preferred tactical approach.
We’ve also had a lot of pre-season injuries which hasn’t helped matters at all. We need to make some signings FAST!
What do you think of the new manager?
David Moyes is a great manager and I think given time at our club he could turn us into something more than relegation-scrappers.
I was disappointed that Allardyce left as he seemed like the perfect fit, but you can’t blame him, the England job comes round once in a lifetime!
Which areas of the team/squad would you like to see strengthened?
Everywhere. We need a right-back, centre-back, two central midfielders, a striker and at least one winger
We could also do with some cover for most of these roles, there is a lot of strengthening to be done. It’s a complete minefield!
Have you managed to get to the ground much to watch them over the years? Would you be able to name the first, best and worst games you’ve ever been to?
I try to go and watch them when we’re not on tour and they play in London or the South or when I’m visiting home.
The best game I went to in recent years was when we beat Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge, which marked the start of our great escape that season. It was made all the more sweet because I went with our guitarist Henry who is a Chelsea fan!
The worst game I’ve been to was when we lost to Brighton (when I used to live there) in the FA Cup three or four years ago, we were absolutely dreadful.
Finally, if you had to select a five-a-side team out of all the players you’ve seen play for Sunderland in your time as a fan, who would you pick?
Nicky Summerbee, Michael Gray