Joe Owens: Sunderland need to stay on the Gus bus

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GUS Poyet again came under attack from Sunderland fans, both from the stands and online, after the dismal display at Bradford.

A lot of fans were calling for his head in the travelling section and even settled their differences of opinion by fighting with one another.

The anger from the away section was something that has not been witnessed in years.

Some supporters even seemed keen to get onto the pitch to give players and Poyet, who thought it was safer to stay on the other side of the mud bath, a piece of their mind.

Poyet certainly didn’t do himself any favours in the post-match press conference.

He stated the media had twisted his words, which had provoked the attack by the Sunderland faithful.

But if the bus was to come to a halt, who realistically would be able to steer it to the place all Sunderland fans dream of being: the promised land of a non-relegation scrap.

As boring as his style of football is, Tony Pulis can turn a team into a reliable force.

Tim Sherwood had a 50 per cent win record at Tottenham under difficult circumstances and he does not seem to be afraid of stating the truth.

But Villa have acquired his services, which seemed to pay off quickly with them progressing onto the next round.

So who’s left? Harry Redknapp is sorting his knees out and other candidates like Neil Warnock and Alan Irvine don’t really wet the appetite.

Something has to change, but maybe getting rid of Poyet and replacing him with another manager who lacks experience isn’t the way forward.

Sunderland haven’t really progressed since Steve Bruce was at the helm, so why would sacking another manager now be any more productive?

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