Not much in the quality

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Following last season’s escape from relegation, again by the skin of their teeth, Sunderland football hierarchy announced that they intended to change the the present culture of a succession of managers coming and going and to stop bringing inferior players into the club.

They were now looking for “stability and quality”.

Then they immediately appoint a manager who agreed to be with us for only one season.

The player recruitment started with Sebastian Coates, who struggled to get into a Sunderland team that flirted with relegation all season and he managed only 10 top flight appearances.

We also signed Younes Kaboul, who made only 10 appearances last season for Tottenham .

Next came Yann M’vila from Russian side Rubin Kazan, who they had kicked out on a season long loan to Internazonale after he went awol from their training camp. He made eight appearances for Internazonale before his loan spell was terminated after five months and he spent the rest of the season training with Dynamo Moscow who decided against signing him.

How can a temporary manager and players with those statistics for last season reach the “stability and quality” promise.

On the positive side, if there is one, Adam Mathews did have a good spell with Celtic, albeit in only the Scottish Premier league, yet he has failed to make his debut for Sunderland and Jeremain Lens does appear to show bright prospects.

Miss T Ryman,

Hastings Hill