Sunderland boss David Moyes' comments about why he left Didier Ndong out of the Sunderland starting XI to face Burnley at the weekend have caused a huge debate on social media.
Moyes claimed he left the club record signing on the bench for Saturday's draw because he felt that the team needed more “Britishness”.
Here's what the reaction has been like on social media to the Echo's story:
@MJPotts17: Quite probably the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard from an SAFC manager in years. Yes, Di Canio included.
@RoryFallow: Moyes on why he dropped on Ndong. Needed “Britishness” in the middle. I'm done. David Moyes Brexit football.
@shellsy87: We need more “Britishness”?? Ndong is our record signing #sackhimnow #safc
@ezbeezy214: #Moyes obsession with “Britishness” is so concerning as hell. It's also really weird. #SAFC
@JohnJKerr: Bodes well for the mythical rebuild that Britishness is Moyes' priority. Not like it's an overpriced market full of bang average players.
@Soz_abar_me: David Moyes is a huge fan of Brexit. Certainly goes some way to explain why he's a complete failure as a football manager
@ATVS_JakeNazar: David Moyes saying his team needs more “Britishness” as his team marches towards finishing 20th is everything I need right now.
@MattyCrichton: Understand the Moyes criticism but does anyone honestly believe any available manager could keep this team up? The job is career suicide.
There was reaction on Facebook too:
James Clark-Allan: Hopefully Moyes will be clearing his desk this morning
Trevor Short: Just shows what he knows which is nothing as they were highly ineffective - the game completely passed Darren Gibson by - Gibbo lol for the love of god, they are your employees not your mates!! Your failing employees at that !!!
Robert Francis Fletcher: Sack David Moyes