EXIT Steve Bruce, enter ...
Black Cats fans have been having their say on who they think should be the new manager at the Stadium of Light.
Yesterday’s sacking of Bruce followed a dismal run which saw Sunderland win only two of their last 15 league games at the stadium of Light.
Saturday’s home defeat to Wigan – who started the day bottom of the table – left Sunderland 16th in the league, just two points above the relegation zone.
That was enough for SAFC owner Ellis Short to show his manager the red card.
And it would seem many fans think Bruce’s exit was long overdue.
Malcolm Oliver, 44, a courier support worker from Penshaw, said: “I’m over the moon. It was becoming impossible for him to stay at the club.
“We need somebody stronger. I don’t think it will be Martin O’Neill. He’s turned us down too many times. I’d go for Mark Hughes.”
Malcolm’s son Liam Oliver, 21, a painter and decorator from Penshaw, added: “I’m delighted he’s gone. It was coming. There was something up with him and he couldn’t keep players – look at Darren Bent.
“We need a good manager for going forward now. I’d be happy with Martin O’Neill or Mark Hughes – anyone like that.”
Michael O’Brien, 22, a construction worker from Grindon, said: “I’ve only just found out about it and I’m still undecided as to how I feel about him going. I don’t know who I think should replace him.”
Jeff Little, 62, a general manager from North Farm Estate, compared Bruce to Lawrie McMenemy, who quit as Sunderland manager after a disastrous spell in 1987 – just weeks before the club fell into the Third Division.
“I’m a season ticket holder and I’ve been following Sunderland for 30 years now, and this has been beginning to feel like the McMenemy days. That’s how bad it was getting,” he said.
“Just look at last weekend, bringing Vaughan and Gardner on the way he did.”
Jeff said he’d like to see Carlo Ancelotti fill Bruce’s shoes at the Stadium of Light.
Colin Thompson, 51, a demolition operative from Grindon, said loyal fans had had to put up with a lot of disappointment under Bruce.
“I’m a big football fan and I’m not a season ticket holder, but I think Bruce had to go. I feel sorry for people with a season ticket.”