SIX managers in the last five years tells you all you need to know about the instability and inconsistency at the Stadium of Light over the last few seasons.
And with Sunderland rock-bottom, with one point from seven games, Gus Poyet will be aware of the enormity of the challenge ahead.
You can’t see his job remit being any more than keeping the club in the Premier League and to do so, he needs to make an instant impact.
With the timing of his appointment coinciding with the international break, it’s at least given Poyet some time to familiarise himself with his new surroundings and getting to know how the club runs.
Obviously all of his players are not around, but he can get to know the place at least – rather than facing the immediate pressure of a game.
I’m sure he’ll have watched all the recordings of Sunderland’s games so far, forming his own opinions of the strengths and weaknesses of the team and how he can improve things.
I said last week I hope Kevin Ball is still involved in the set-up and I wasn’t surprised to hear Poyet was tapping into Bally’s thoughts.
Like Paolo Di Canio, Poyet is an untested Premier League manager, but he has a wealth of experience playing and coach at that level and he will see the Sunderland job as his next logical career step.
Another coincidence with Di Canio, is that his second game in charge will be a derby – the difference being Poyet will have home advantage in a game he can’t afford to lose.
Poyet comes with a reputation of his teams being attractive, playing a passing game from the back. But for me, this is secondary as we need winning football more than anything.
I wouldn’t think anyone is bothered quite how it’s achieved.