SUNDERLAND owner Ellis Short admits he is keen to bring some stability to the Stadium of Light.
Short is looking for a fourth manager in less than two years after dismissing head coach Paolo Di Canio a fortnight ago.
The American realises that constant change in the dug-out is not healthy, but stresses the importance of Sunderland remaining in the Premier League.
“Here at the club, like every supporter, we would like to see long-term success on the pitch and stability at the club,” said Short in today’s matchday programme.
“Unfortunately sometimes the quest for stability can be interrupted by the absolute necessity of staying in the league. This is because the long-term aim becomes irrelevant if we aren’t at the top level.
“We now have a very important decision to make. Our only consideration in making that decision is what is best for the club.
“In doing so, we feel the weight of the entire city and beyond, along with the history of this massive football club.”
Short’s comments are the first time the chairman has addressed supporters since Di Canio was given the axe and he acknowledges that opinions are split on the decision.
“It has been a terrible start to the season and we are now living with the inevitable disruption related to parting company with our head coach,” he added.
“We owe great thanks to Paolo Di Canio for keeping us up last season.
“He came in and provided the fire that we needed to fight for the points necessary to stay in the league.
“I appreciate that opinions are mixed amongst our fans over whether he should have been replaced.
“Again, this decision was based on what we felt was best for the club.
“We wish Paolo the best in his future managerial career.”