I’M WRITING this piece having just heard the news of Gus Poyet’s sacking, but having witnessed the Aston Villa humiliation, I’m not surprised.
Poyet looked a broken man on the touchline and as the goals went in, seemed almost to be in a trance, unable to do anything about what was happening in front of him.
He lost it mentally in the game before at Hull, when he was sent off, and the signs were there that the pressure was getting to him.
His team’s performance at Hull was abysmal, but a late equaliser papered over the cracks.
Those cracks were exposed massively against Villa though and there was no hiding place.
So Ellis Short needs to make yet another managerial appointment and the sooner the better.
A dressing room needs leadership and players need direction, or things just drift, and in Sunderland’s position that can be fatal.
Whoever gets the job, whether short-term or long-term, he has got to motivate a dispirited team and excite the fans as well as getting the results to keep us up.
So maybe tough love is needed to get some players out of their comfort zone.
There always seems to be a crisis at Sunderland Football Club. I’ve seen it so many times before and no doubt I’ll see it again.
How can a club that has so much going for it, continually fail to fulfil its potential as it underachieves year after year?
Big names like Roy Keane, Steve Bruce, Martin O’Neill, Paolo Di Canio and Gus Poyet are appointed as manager and they usually start well, but can never build on it and it always ends in tears.
Even back in the 80s when Lawrie McMenemy was appointed, he was one of the top managers of the day and it was a great coup for Sunderland, as he had performed miracles at Southampton.
But he couldn’t hack it at Roker Park and his reign was one of the most disastrous in the club’s history.
Sunderland have a world class stadium, academy and fans, plus a billionaire owner – all the ingredients you would think can only bring success to any club.
But for Sunderland it’s never enough and success always proves to be so elusive.