‘Sunderland would be irrelevant in football if it wasn’t for the Netflix show’, says Sunderland ‘Til I Die executive producer

Sunderland should not feel hard done by having a Netflix documentary made about them.

This is the view of Sunderland ‘Till I Die executive producer Leo Pearlman, who believes that the Netflix series giving behind-the-scenes access has benefited the League One club.

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The first series of Sunderland ‘Till I Die has caught the Black Cats at a time of turmoil
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The first series documented the Black Cats’ disastrous 2017/18 campaign where everything seemed to go wrong, including their relegation from the Championship, which was their second relegation in successive seasons.

Series two came out earlier this week which looked at how they performed in League One last term.


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The season was a lot more positive, particularly due to the club being stabilised following a change in ownership.

However, there will still setbacks in 2018/19 with Sunderland narrowly failing to get promoted back to the second tier with a heart-breaking defeat in the League One play-off final.

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Sunderland’s hearts were broken by Charlton last season
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But Pearlman believes the Netflix show has only served to benefit the club, suggesting Sunderland “would be a complete irrelevance in the footballing world” if it wasn’t for the documentary.

He told talkSPORT: “I don’t think a League One club that gets to be on Netflix in front of 150-160 million eyeballs worldwide should ever come out feeling that they were hard done by, by this process.

“Sunderland would be a complete irrelevance in the footballing world if it wasn’t for the Netflix show that we produced.

“I think that’s shown by the fact that interest in the club sky-rocketed when the first series came out. Interest from buyers and potential buyers came off the back of the series.

“I really do believe and hope that the second series will do the same again.”

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