FIRST it was Lee Cattermole who looked as though he was out of the door at Sunderland, only to be recalled.
And now Phil Bardsley has been thrown a lifeline from new boss Gus Poyet.
Whereas Cattermole didn’t appear to do too much wrong, Phil Bardsley seems to have been doing his best to alienate himself with a couple of well-documented self-inflicted incidents.
The photograph in the casino was foolish and the type of behaviour fans hate to see from professional footballers.
But the second incident, mocking the team after a home defeat, was far more serious.
I have been in dressing rooms and I know the frustrations of players who are out of the picture.
But what Phil Bardsley, pictured, did was unacceptable and unprofessional.
Paolo Di Canio and the club was understandably furious and I can’t imagine his team-mates being overly impressed either.
Whatever the opinion of Phil Bardsley the player is, the one thing in his favour has always his attitude and commitment and that’s why I thought he would be the last player to do something so stupid.
He seems to be back in favour now but he has got a lot of making up to do with the fans and he will only achieve this with high quality performances on the pitch.