DONCASTER Rovers boss Dean Saunders described it as a “coup” yet Sunderland fans will be more inclined to think it’s a curse.
El-Hadji Diouf’s return to meaningful employment this week to join fellow loose cannon Pascal Chimbonda in South Yorkshire showed the ominous shadow cast over the Keepmoat Stadium by Willie McKay.
Agent McKay, coincidentally the representative of Diouf, Chimbonda and Saunders, has been handed a two-year contract as Doncaster’s transfer consultant, with the final say on every player going in or out.
The FA have approved the arrangement, with McKay vowing to use his network of contacts on the Continent to boost Doncaster’s squad.
But given grit, harmony and team spirit are needed to haul Doncaster out of the Championship drop zone, Chimbonda and Diouf are hardly the figures required.
Disaster lurks around the corner.