Rowell Report: Bizarre start to the season for Sunderland

Ex-Sunderland footballer Gary Rowell

Ex-Sunderland footballer Gary Rowell

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AFTER Sunderland’s defeat at Stoke on Saturday, we are back at the bottom of the table and I’m struggling to remember when we’ve had a crazier start to the season.

The head coach was fired after just five Premier League games, a string of defeats saw confidence and morale plummeting, we have had just two victories but both were massive highs for the fans, especially the Newcastle win, and alongside all that, progress has been made to the last eight of the Capital One Cup.

Even by Sunderland’s standards the start defies logic but 12 games have been played in the Premier League now and our perilous position in the table isn’t false.

Losing the first home game of the season to fellow strugglers Fulham put us on the back foot straight away.

And Paolo Di Canio’s sacking amid dressing room unrest, negative headlines and a team at rock bottom had many supporters feeling the club was about to implode.

Another thing that just hasn’t worked is the policy of a huge turnover of players and 14 new footballers signed in the summer.

A few years ago, Steve Bruce went down a similar road, signing 12 players in one transfer window – it only resulted in a poor start to the season and his dismissal.

I suppose during the summer, when there’s no football to watch, being linked with and signing players brings excitement and interest.

But too many can cause more problems than it solves and does nothing for stability in the dressing room.

For a second time in a row at Sunderland, a scattergun transfer policy hasn’t worked and surely in future transfer windows, the emphasis has got to be more on quality than quantity?